It’s spring. Blossoms abound, tender white tootsies emerge in de-closeted sandals, and the smell of mow is in the air.
And beautiful, bountiful fresh green peas hit the market stands.
What’s the health skinny on fresh peas?
- Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables, rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are an exceptionally rich source of B vitamins, and the health-protective carotenoid phytonutrients, including lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Green peas play a role in promoting heart health. They contain potassium and magnesium, nutrients that help regulate blood pressure. They are also high in dietary fiber, which helps keep cholesterol levels in check.
- Green peas support energy-producing cells in the body while playing an important role in adrenal function with the pantothenic acid they supply. Underactive adrenals can use a boost from peas.
- These little green gems also promotes vision health: they are a good source of vitamin A due to their concentration of beta-carotene, and the lutein and zeaxanthin also support eye cell health. If you suffer from light and dark sensitivity and/or blurriness, these little green vegetable orbs will benefit you.
- Finally, green peas supply iron, necessary for normal blood cell formation and function. Eat peas to help with fatigue!
The other day, I had a lovely friend over for dinner and made – for the first time – a tasty cauliflower and green pea dish that we both devoured. The recipe came courtesy of Susan Power’s rawmazing.com – a wonderful blog with a superb compilation of recipes!
Doesn’t this look delicious?
Photo courtesy of www.rawmazing.com
You can find this unusual but oh-so-good Cauliflower Rice with Fresh Peas and Cumin recipe here:
Peas. Green beads of love and deliciousness.Social tagging: peas