10. Pumpkin Seeds: 19g Protein (38% DV)
Pumpkin seeds have been gaining in notoriety for their healthiness, and being one of the high protein foods is part of that equation. The minerals in pumpkin seeds is what is getting all of the attention, including high levels of magnesium and zinc to help out important functions like pumping your heart and maintaining a good mood.
For men, keeping your zinc level up is a good step towards avoiding prostate cancer. For both sexes, pumpkin seeds can help you sleep due to the tryptophan it contains, a natural amino acid that helps produce more melatonin, the hormone that signals you that it’s time for sleep.
Not only pumpkin seeds, but sunflower seeds and flax seeds also offer a good amount of protein, so you can vary up your seed of choice to keep things interesting, but still get the protein you’re after.
Tips for eating more: Pumpkin seeds are a handy food that can go with you wherever you are for a timely snack.