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Do Fruits & Veggies have protein? How Can I Manage My Food Budget to Include Fruits and Vegetables?


Q. Can you get protein from vegetables ? Also Is two hundred dollars a month enough for one person to get enough fruits and vegetables for them to eat for a month?
A. Most fruits and veggies are not rich in protein with the exception of legumesLentils are a good source of protein. One half cup of lentils has 8.93 grams (g) of protein. A half cup of cooked black beans contains 7.62g of protein and one cup of green peas has 7.86g of protein. Green soybeans (Edamame) yield 33.15g of protein in one cup. Cooked Hubbard squash contains 5.08g in one cup and one cup of cooked Brussels sprouts has 5.64g of protein. Work with your doctor or a registered dietitian nutritionist to find the best foods that will meet your needs. Also, check out our Fruit & Veggie Recipes to find yummy meals that highlight fruits and vegetables.
To manage your food budget and always include fruits and vegetables, discover our tips and tricks using the following links.
30 Ways In 30 Days To Stretch Your Food Budget
Fruits And Vegetables On A Budget


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