Ever thought of adding peas to your smoothie?
They might surprise you according to nutritional therapist Jackie Lynch, author of Va Va Voom: the 10-Day Energy Diet.
Here, she tells Get the Gloss why she’s going big on those little greens right now:
If you’ve avoided peas as a rather ordinary starchy vegetable, think again, because they’re amazingly nutritious, full of vitamins, iron, fibre, antioxidants and protein.
They’re also a gorgeous spring vegetable at their peak right now, so it’s time to walk away from the freezer cabinet and discover the fabulous flavour of fresh peas.
Peas are actually a member of the legume family along with beans, chickpeas and lentils which explains why they’re one of the few vegetables that are a pretty good source of protein.
It’s no surprise that vegan protein powder manufacturers often use pea as a base.
Fresh (or frozen) peas go brilliantly in smoothies and add a sweet, crisp flavour that’s a step up from the ‘dead sock’ aftertaste of pea protein powder.
3 great reasons to eat plenty of peas
Peas are an excellent source of vitamin K, a much-overlooked nutrient which is vital for our bone health.
We need vitamin K to produce osteocalcin which strengthens our bones by hardening the calcium which is used in the bone renewal process.
They’re packed with the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc as well as other protective plant compounds called polyphenols.
These help to keep your immune system in great shape, so you’re less likely to come down with niggling colds and infections.
Peas also contain a number of nutrients which support heart health: they’re an unexpected source of omega 3 fatty acids which support a healthy vascular system and reduce the risk of blood clots.
They’re also rich in B vitamins, which play a crucial part in regulating high levels of homocysteine which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Combined with the naturally anti-inflammatory properties they contain, eating peas regularly could be a great way to be kind to your heart.
SOURCE: Jackie Lynch
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