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While most veggies average between one to five grams of protein per serving, a cup of peas can contain up to 10 grams, making it one of the most important plant-based protein sources out there, says Mary Dan Eades, M.D., author of Protein Power. But that's not all: Unlike other plant sources, peas also contain high levels of glutamine, an amino acid compound that helps repair your muscles after workouts, improve digestive health, and they've even been shown to reduce sugar and alcohol cravings. In other words, start defrosting that bag in the freezer, like, right now.
"Out of all the protein sources, I would put organic wild fish as the best protein choice out there," says Perlmutter. Considering a five-ounce portion packs a hefty 39 grams of protein in it, we totally get why. Not to mention it's full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower the risk of coronary heart disease, keep your LDL cholesterol levels in check (that's the bad kind), and reduce inflammation. While farmed salmon has a decent amount of nutrients in it, Perlmutter says it's worth getting the wild variety, which the USDA says has around 130 fewer calories per serving.