Today Lucas and I went to pick up our share at our local CSA. Red Wiggler is a gem of a farm, offering organic produce and a variety of pick your own veggies, herbs and flowers. We love it there. Today we were pleasantly surprised to be able to pick our own snap peas. One of our families favorite vegetable! Lucas and I went a little crazy picking and eating them. We filled a couple of baskets so Lucas told the volunteer: “We picked too many peas!” the man responded wisely:”there is no such thing as picking too many peas.”
On our way home Lucas stated: “Mami, I’m a pea monster!” Immediately followed by: “I mean, not a pee monster, a PEA monster.” 🙂
I also love snap peas, and might even be a PEA monster myself. They are so versatile and easy to eat. They are on my top ten list of healthy snacks to pack for your kids lunch. They are sweet, crunchy, you can eat them raw and they keep well. But they are not just a practical snack they are super nutritious.
You might not know this but peas are a good source of antioxidants! The unique phytonutrients in green peas provide us with key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
And while you might already know they are low in fat, know that he type of fat and fat-soluble nutrients they contain is impressive.
According to The Worlds Healthiest Foods data: “Recent research has shown that green peas are a reliable source of omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). In one cup of green peas, you can expect to find about 30 milligrams of ALA. About 130 milligrams of the essential omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, can also be found in a cup of green peas. This very small but high-quality fat content of green peas helps provide us with important fat-soluble nutrients from this legume, including sizable amounts of beta-carotene and small but valuable amounts of vitamin E.”
If all that is not enough to convince you to eat more peas consider this, peas are an environmentally friendly food. They help nurture the soil by increasing the nitrogen available in it. This without the need for added fertilizer! They also have a shallow root system which can help prevent erosion. Rotating pea crops (and most crops) also helps to avoid pest problems.
Yes peas are a low-calorie, nutrient packed, easy, delicious and eco-friendly food. So do yourself and your family a favor and eat more! 🙂