Snacks and swaps that are high in protein – Business Insider

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan who is looking to add more complete proteins to your diet, you may already know that quinoa is one of them — and if you didn’t before, now you do.

According to Healthline, quinoa is thought of as a grain by most of us, but it’s technically a seed. With 8 grams of protein per one-cup serving and plenty of other nutrients including 58% of your RDA for manganese, it’s a worthy addition to your repertoire.

And while brown rice is healthier for you than white rice for a number of reasons and outshines white rice in the protein category, the numbers are closer than you might expect. According to Healthline, brown rice has 1.83 grams of protein per one-third cup when it’s cooked, as opposed to 1.42 grams in the same amount of white rice.

If you can’t live without your pasta, there’s far more than just standard macaroni on store shelves, from protein-boosted traditional pasta to lentil, black bean, chickpea, and brown rice alternatives. Be sure to read nutritional labels in your pasta aisle for yet another way to get more protein into your diet.

Bonus: many of these pasta options are also gluten-free, if that’s also a dietary concern.

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