Surprising Sources of Protein

By Dickson Osas


Proteins are some of the building blocks for the body and tissues; protein contains the vital nutrients needed by the human body, they are like the fuel on which the human body runs, protein contains as much energy as the carbohydrate, and its ability to supply the body with the essential nutrients makes it an important food source for human, some common and popular foods, like eggs, beans, meat, chicken and fish are some of the conventional protein sources, yet other less prominent foods contain equal or higher amounts of proteins, such foods will be discussed in this article, read further for detailed information.

These protein sources are classified as undercover since few individuals are aware that they include protein, and for others, learning that such food belongs to the protein category is a complete shock; some of the foods that fit into this category are given below:

List Of surprising Foods with protein 

  • Pasta
  • Peas
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Spinach
  •  Pumpkin seed
  • Quinoa
  • Edamame soy
  • Oatmeal
  • Lentils
  • Spirulina

1. Pasta

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 Impossible, is that what you say? I know many people will find it difficult to believe that the pasta contains a good amount of protein; Many people believe pasta should be categorized as a carbohydrate, but the fact is that it contains roughly 7. 5 grams of protein per cup, so while it is possible to infer that pasta is a carbohydrate, studies also demonstrate that it includes a sufficient quantity of protein to be classified as such.

2. Peas

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This is one food so underestimated for the amount of protein present in it; half a cup of peas contains about 4grams of protein; now that’s unbelievable, isn’t it? That’s as much protein you can get in peas, which goes to show that a cup of Peas will give you as much as 8 grams of protein; that’s a lot, and if you are looking for a good source of protein out of the regular protein sources that everybody knows then Peas is the perfect alternative, Now here is a smart way to get perfect food combination with a great amount of protein and a decent amount of carbohydrates, since talking about pasta in number 1 above, you can combine Pasta and Peas to make a perfect for an adequate amount of protein per servings.

3. Parmesan cheese

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 Dairy has always been a good and popular source of protein, but when it comes to dairy foods with a lot of protein, cheese is often overlooked; however, an ounce of cheese contains 11 grams of protein, which is a lot considering where it comes from; this is an amazing source of protein, and adding a real Parmesan cheese to your diet is a good way to get the amount of protein needed for body growth.

4. Spinach

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 A cup of spinach contains 5.5 grams of protein; spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense plants available; aside from protein, the spinach is protein-packed; a cup of spinach might be so little for serving, but the amount of protein in it is quite unbelievable, spinach is considered as one the superfoods since it contains calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A adding to the other nutrients which makes it one of the most nutrient-dense foods available.

5. Pumpkin seed

Pumpkin seed
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 This time around are not talking about the Pumpkin itself; we are talking about its seed; it might be surprising to think about pumpkin seed when discussing protein, but the truth is pumpkin seeds contain a great amount of protein, an ounce of pumpkin seeds contain 8grams of protein, that is a lot of protein to be found in seeds, as much as we know that seeds usually contains a great deal often none matches the amount present in Pumpkin seeds, this inexpensive protein option will provide you with enough protein you might need to keep your body functionality to the optimum level.

6. Quinoa

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 This is another food usually categorized as a carbohydrate but has a surprising amount of protein; Quinoa Is indeed a protein; a cup of protein contains 8 grams of protein; this is one food that should be considered when deciding on which protein food should serve as a supplement to your original protein source or the one to serve as an alternative to your current protein source.

7. Edamame soy

Edamame soy
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 Being a natural soy product, it’s loaded with a high amount of protein, a whopping 21 grams per cup; that figure is considered huge to be found in soy products; when Edamame is taken with other food, you can easily get the daily recommended intake of protein per servings of Edamame.

8. Oatmeal

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 This is a common food, but many people are unaware that it has a significant quantity of protein; 5 cups of oats provides between 8-10 grams of protein; consuming oat as a day starter is a fantastic method to develop a flawless physique; if you want to build muscle, it is advisable to consider adding oat to your meal.

9. Lentils

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 Thi is another surprising protein source, Lentils contains a great amount of protein, and it is considered a perfect alternative source of protein due to the high amount present in it; each cup I Lentils contain 18 gram of protein, and in addition to the protein, it equally has 16 grams of fiber per cup, this makes it one of the superfoods for bodybuilding, apart from being a nutrient-packed diet, it is a perfect source of protein.

10. Spirulina

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it may not be a common name when talking about food that contains protein, but Spirulina is the food with the highest source of protein in the world; Spirulina Is densely packed with protein, with every 100 grams containing 57 grams I protein is a massive concentration of protein such amount that can’t be found in another protein source, aspiring offers a faster way to load up on protein if you ever need to.


 these foods above prove that there are some other surprising protein sources outside the regular, so there is no need to be stuck on the same type of protein source; you can jostle between different alternatives and still get the amount of protein required to build a healthy muscle and great body.