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Try Spring Peas!

Apr 12, 2013

10 health benefits you didn't know about spring peas! Recipe included that would pair nicely with grilled chicken.

  1. Weight management: Peas are low-fat but high-everything-else. A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micronutrients.
  2. Stomach cancer prevention
  3. Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy: This comes from the high levels of antioxidants
  4. Reduces bad cholesterol
  5. Prevention of wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis and candida because of strong anti-inflammatory properties
  6. Blood sugar regulation: Peas’ high fiber and protein slows down how fast sugars are digested.
  7. Heart disease prevention
  8. Prevent constipation due to high fiber content
  9. Healthy bones-- Just one cup of peas contains 44% of your Vitamin K, which helps to anchor calcium inside the bones. Its B vitamins also help to prevent osteoporosis
  10. Reduces bad cholesterol

Spring Peas with Dates and Walnuts

Total Time: 25 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yields 6-8 Servings

Ingredients

Kosher salt
2 cups shelled fresh English peas or thawed frozen peas (about 10 ounces)
1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/4 pound snow peas, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons walnut oil

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Fill a large bowl with ice water. If using fresh English peas, add to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Add the snap peas and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes, then add the snow peas and cook 30 seconds. Drain the peas and plunge into the ice water to cool.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the walnuts, dates and cayenne and cook until the nuts are slightly toasted, about 1 more minute.

Drain the peas, shaking off the excess water, then add to the skillet (if using frozen peas, add them here). Add 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the walnut oil and toss. Add more salt to taste.

Peas are a legume -- the super nutritious fiber-packed fruit (yes...it's a fruit) that Americans simply do not eat enough of. Peas (and other legumes) are excellent sources of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals, and are very cheap!

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