Bananas contain enough protein to make our list of high protein fruits, but keep in mind that they’ll only add a fraction of your total recommended daily value of protein.
It’s the other features of bananas that make them a smart choice as part of a protein-conscious diet. They are well-known for their potassium, which provides you a full 10% of what you need each day.
Besides potassium and protein, bananas will also help you top up your fiber for the day. Enjoying a daily banana can help you maintain a healthy weight, can keep your digestive system moving, and because of the potassium they contain can help keep your blood pressure numbers in line.
12. Peaches: 0.9g Protein (1% DV)
Peaches signal summertime and you can add to your protein intake by having a peach. Much like the other entries on our list, peaches bring a lot more to the table than just a bit of protein.
Peaches are a source of beta-Carotene, which helps with your eyesight as well as your immune system. You can spot beta-Carotene foods via their orange coloration. Think carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and others with an orange hue.
They are also a good source of fiber, which helps to keep your digestive organs clean and toxin-free. For this reason you’ll often see them included in diet and weight loss programs for the natural weight loss effect they provide.
13. Figs: 0.8g Protein (1% DV)
No matter if you go with fresh figs or dried figs you’ll be getting some protein from them, as well as other nutrients that contribute to a healthy diet.
The main variation you’ll find with figs is whether they’re fresh or dried. Dried figs will provide more protein per gram, but they’re also much higher in sugar, which counterbalances the benefit you get from the protein.
Figs also made our list of foods highest in calcium, and are also a good source of potassium. In dried form they are an excellent source of fiber, which will help you feel full and is a great complement to a high-protein diet.
14. Grapefruit: 0.8g Protein (1% DV)
Grapefruit has earned the reputation as being a healthy food, and it provides a modest amount of protein compared to other fruit on our list. Overall, you’ll be getting plenty of benefits by eating grapefruit, many of which overshadow anything you’d get from its protein content.
Grapefruit can help with weight loss efforts, and you don’t need to use it as part of any Grapefruit Diet or extreme weight loss plan. A daily grapefruit in the morning provides you with a good start on your fiber, while being a low-calorie food and providing you energy to get you through your morning.
In addition to its weight loss benefits and protein, grapefruit is also a good source of Vitamin C, like most citrus fruit. This will strengthen your immune system, making grapefruit a great fruit to have through the winter, when the flu and other viruses are being passed around.
15. Cantaloupe: 0.8g Protein (1% DV)
One of the tastier ways to increase your protein is to have some cantaloupe. Its sweet flavor and soft texture make it a delicious addition to your day, and it has plenty more going for it.
Cantaloupe is high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, a duo that really helps out your immune system with two powerful antioxidants that will go to work protecting you from free radical damage.
Because of its orange color, cantaloupe is a source of beta-Carotene, an antioxidant that helps your eyesight as well as your immune system. It also contains some fiber, to help with your digestive system.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”