As one of spring’s first crops, peas signal that longer, sweeter, more colorful days are afoot. Peas first fill your garden with sweetly scented little flowers and before you know it, you are blessed with amazingly sweet and tender little pearls of sheer green yumminess! Not only are sweet peas loaded with flavor, they are super charged with fiber and vitamin C. The bright balls are convenient as a side or snack, yet in my opinion they’re best when as a solo act.
Nutritious As They Are Delicious
A study in Mexico City found that when consumed daily, green peas (and other legumes) lower the risk of stomach cancer. This makes sense to me as they are loaded with fiber, which helps things move through the digestive tract as well as being filled with cancer fighting antioxidants. Sweet peas provide us with Vitamins A, B 1, B 2, B 3, B 6, folate, C, and K and minerals manganese and phosphorous. They are a good source of tryptophan which is a precursor to melatonin and serotonin, the sleep and happy chemicals respectively. Chow on these tiny morsels of yum and get happy! And here’s something to tell your friends when they ask where you get your protein; all living things have protein and peas in particularly! In fact, just one cup of these spring beauties has more protein than one egg.
Fresh Pea Hummus
This fresh, lustrous hummus has become a springtime favorite in my home. Slather it on your favorite crackers, breads or veggies.
- 2 cups fresh shelled peas
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 4 tablespoons tahini
- 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
Run the peas under hot water for 2-3 minutes or until they turn a beautiful bright green.
Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until well combined.
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