As we focus on more seasonal favorites, peas are another spring time superstar. Peas are technically part of the legume family that include lentils, chickpeas, beans, and peanuts. You can find them fresh, but you’ve probably bought them frozen at least once in your life.
Green peas are high in starches, similar to sweet potatoes, which are complex carbs. They also have a nutrient-rich profile that includes high protein content compared to vegetables. Low in calories, they also pack a good antioxidant punch along with vitamins and minerals.
As one of the best plant-based sources of protein, they are also high in fiber. This contributes to a feeling of being full and helps regulate appetite. The nutritional benefits of peas promote muscle strength, bone health, regulate blood sugar and support gut health.
Some people may struggle a bit with bloating if they are sensitive to legumes, so if peas are new to you, start slowly and in small quantities. Try to avoid drinking cold water or cold beverages with your meals as this slows down your digestion and can lead to bloating. It’s better to drink a full glass of water about 30 min before your meal and only small sips during the meal.
Here are ways to start exploring this mighty whole food that will have you saying, “more peas”.