|Lentils||1/2 cup||9 grams||This lowly legume packs a wallop of not just protein but fiber as well (8 grams in 1/2 cup) and is extremely versatile. Try cooking up a pot on Sunday night and eating throughout the week. Add a cup to a green salad or make it the star of a salad with a few vegetables and vinaigrette.|
|Peas||1/2 cup||4 grams||Get protein and a dash of color with peas. You can thaw frozen peas and add them raw to green and pasta salads or serve cooked as a side.|
|Hemp Seeds||3 Tbsp||16 grams||The small seeds of the hemp plant are rich in protein and essential fatty acids. Their mild nutty flavor makes them ideal for smoothies and salads. Try adding a tablespoon to granola for a protein boost.|
|Pumpkin Seeds||1/2 cup||20 grams||Roasted and salted or raw, pumpkin seeds add a quick and hefty dose of protein to any snack or meal. Carry them with you and munch a few handfuls when you need a protein fix.|
|Spirulina||1 Tbsp||4 grams||This bright green algae powder may not look appetizing, but toss some in a smoothie and you won’t taste a thing. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding it to baked items like muffins or healthy cookies.|
|Collard Greens||1 cup||4 grams||If a plate of collard greens doesn’t sound like something you’re family would dig into, take heart; there are many ways to incorporate these super healthy greens into foods your family will eat. Add the greens chopped to soups, omelets and frittatas. Try adding some to a tomato marinara pasta sauce.|
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