I Don't Want to Eat My Pea's
Growing up when my mom served pea's this is what I always said. For some reason I hated peas, little did I know how powerful peas were. Peas are often a forgotten vegetable; but are a true POWERHOUSE veggie which you should really consider. This week's menu has two type of peas available and is great for heart health month. There are basically 3 types of peas: English peas, Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas. English peas are the most common, the little round green balls are easy to eat with a fork. Snow peas often seen in Chinese cuisine are flat and have an edible pod. Sugar peas are a mixture of english and snow peas. The peas inside the shell have matured and are round and the outer shell is a little more cylindrical in nature and is edible. Peas are low in fat but high in protein and fiber compared to other veggies. They are high in anti-oxidants which can aid in anti-aging, boosting your immune system, providing energy and also has anti inflammatory properties. If you are diabetic, peas are an excellent veggie to add to your list of foods because of the high fiber content which helps slow down how fast sugars are digested. One cup of peas contains 44% of Vitamin K which helps anchor calcium in your body so it's great for healthy bones. If you are a vegetarian, pea protein is entirely plant based so it's a great way to get a little extra protein by adding it to a drink. The list goes on and on so it's important to find ways to add this little powerhouse veggie to your diet.