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20 Vegetables Ranked By Protein

After sneaking in a much-needed post-holiday workout, my friend Sarah and I hit up a restaurant in town for lunch. "I'll have the lean chicken breast ," she told the waiter, "Gotta up my protein." Smart choice: A solid serving of protein after a sweat sesh is crucial for building lean muscle mass and blasting away belly fat. "As for me," I said, glancing past the meats, "I'll have…. the roasted veggie salad." Surprised? So was Sarah. "I'm going to let you in on a little secret," I told her. "Protein-packed chicken isn't the only food that helps you get toned. Veggies also pack a punch." In fact, some high-protein vegetables have as much as 8 grams per cup. That may pale in comparison to a chicken breast (34 grams per 4 ounces) or burger (26 grams per quarter pounder), but vegetables are also high-fiber foods that contain antioxidants and vitamins. They're not only more affordable sources of the nutrient t