BEST BITES: PEAS, PLEASE!
Small but mighty, peas add a serious hit of nutrition to your spring menus
Here’s how to enjoy these pint-sized powerhouses
GIVE PEAS A CHANCE.
Available in pods, shelled, frozen or canned, peas are an economical and tasty way to add a pop of colour and nutrition to any plate.
With only 70 calories per half cup and five grams each of fibre and protein, peas offer the hunger-crushing duo that’s proven to help manage your weight. This humble veg is so much more than a basic side-dish standby. Each tiny orb is packed with plant-based phytonutrients, including carotenoids and vitamin C, which help promote strong vision, reduce your risk of heart disease and improve immunity.
Peas are also a surprising source of powerful polyphenol compounds, which have been linked to a reduced risk of gastric cancer. Whether you opt for delicate green peas, crunchy snow peas or voluptuous snap peas, eat them as soon as you get them home from the store – one study found that the vitamin C in these fresh veggies declines significantly within two days of harvesting. Can’t find fresh? Don’t sweat it; frozen peas are healthy, too! In fact, research that compared fresh peas and frozen peas shows similar antioxidant activity and nutrient content.