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Proteins are one-third of the holy trinity of macronutrients. Along with fats and carbohydrates, they form the basic nutritive supplies of an organism. While we know meats and breads contain protein, we often forget vegetables can be a good, low-calorie source of this essential element, too.

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1. Peas

Peas are easy to find year-round, and both fresh and frozen options provide plenty of health benefits. Just a half-cup serving of green peas offers four grams of protein, and the healthy components don't stop there. In addition to 11 grams of carbohydrates, this serving size boasts four grams of fiber, a quarter of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A, and almost half of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C.

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