As I begin to grow more conscious of my dieting and eating habits, I have been paying closer attention to the raw vegetables I incorporate into my diet.

As I've began doing this, I've always wondered if I was getting enough protein in my body since my intense workouts haven't changed. I began to research high-protein vegetables and found out that alot of the raw foods and vegetables I was putting into my body were loaded with high amounts of protein.

Best of all, these high-protein vegetables I was consuming were not only substituting the meat I used to eat, but giving me much more energy and also assisting in shedding excess fat.

Below is a list of 7 high-protein vegetables that you can add into your life for higher energy and to help lose any excess weight you may want to rid.

1.) Kale

Kale is the ultimate superfood that can utilized in salads, soups, smoothies, side dishes, juices, and more. One cup of raw kale has only 33 calories, yet yields 684% of vitamin K, 134% of vitamin C, 206% of Vitamin A, plus iron, folate, iron, fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

2.) Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of the most diverse vegetables when it comes to cooking. Hearty enough to replace meat with, mushrooms are loaded with immune boosting properties, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Mushrooms go well with almost any meal such as soups, veggie burgers, salads, pastas, and more. With the help of a little coconut oil or olive oil, mushrooms can be transcended into a healthy meal in no time. Some of my favorites mushrooms I recommend are: chanterelle mushrooms, shitaki mushrooms, and portobello mushrooms.

3.) Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are loaded with protein, and hold extremely high amounts of fiber. If you think brussel sprouts are bland or don't taste good, chances are you aren't cooking them correctly. I like mine crispy; therefore I recommend quartering them, and sautéing them until crispy with coconut oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Once finished, I spinkle a little bit of parmasean cheese on them and serve. Delicious and highly nutritious.

4.) Asparagus

This vegetable is not only high in iron, protein, potassium, and vitamins A & C, but asparagus is also great for detoxing your body. Asparagus should be cooked simply with a little bit of coconut or olive oil, and squeezed with fresh lemon juice. The key is to not over-cook it and keep the texture somewhat firm when you bite into it.

5.) Sprouts

Sprouts are a great source of Protein, Vitamin A, Niacin, Calcium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber. Sprouts go excellent on salads, sandwiches, and soups. With the numerous kinds of sprouts to try, this is one vegetable that you will never grow tired of.

6.) Broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable that is not only high in protein, but high in potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals as well. Broccoli can be used as a side for almost any dish, and used in soups, salads, and main entrees as well. I like to dip raw broccoli in hummus as a snack, and steam it as a side with a little bit of coconut oil and lemon juice when serving with a meal.

7.) Spinach

Lastly, spinach is one of those superfoods that is a great source of Niacin, Zinc, Dietary Fibers, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Spinach goes great with almost any salad, side, and also great in soups. I recommend putting one cup of spinach in any green smoothie you make. Also, if cooking spinach I recommend sautéing with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice as this tasty green goes very well with any entrée.