Peas contain great amounts of fiber which help our digestive system moving, keeps us fuller for a longer period of time, and releases a steady flow of energy into our bodies.
Peas are small round, green pulses. The official name for this category of beans and legumes is “pulses”. There are a couple varieties with peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and garden peas. With both garden and snap peas, the peas are encased in a pod that holds the individual round peas you see above. Snow peas are flatter and more translucent than the other two varieties; all of these variations are similar in flavor to the actual pea.
How to Use:
Use in a variety of ways! Fresh or frozen are great to use in salads, as a dip, hummus, soup, spread, in stir frys, whole in salads, or simply to snack on. Try Spring Green Pea Soup that highlights the flavors of peas.
Nutrient Breakdown of Peas:
Fiber | 9g per 1 cup of peas
Protein | 9g of protein per 1 cup peas
Carbohydrates | 25g of carbohydrates per 1 cup peas
Vitamin K | ~40z DV
B vitamins | B1, B2, B3, B6
Vitamin C | 26% DV
Manganese | 36% DV
Magnesium | 14% DV
Iron | 12% DV
Zinc | 15% DV
Copper | 27% DV
Potassium | 11% DV
Where to Purchase:
Health food stores, grocery stores, farmers markets, or grow your own!
Tips and Tricks:
Frozen peas are just as great to use as fresh peas; they’re convenient, nutrient dense, and affordable. Just be sure whenever you’re purchasing frozen peas or vegetables that the only ingredient in the bag is peas, nothing added!