All About Sugar Snap Peas
I love eating sugar snap peas in the summer. A few weeks ago, the Union Square Greenmarket was full of them, so I decided to pick some up from Keith’s Farm, which I can always count on for everything colorful, fresh, and organic.
Sugar snap peas are a crisp vegetable with an edible pod that serve as a great sweet and crunchy snack. Although green peas are a starchy vegetable, sugar snap peas are nonstarchy and have a high water and fiber content (2 grams per cup), which makes them a great way to keep yourself satisfied and to maintain your digestive health. In fact, with less than 30 calories per cup (1 cup = ~20 pods) I can munch on as many peas as my heart desires without feeling like I’ve overdone it.
These nutritious and delicious peas are a very good source of vitamin C (1 cup provides more than 50% of your daily needs), an important antioxidant that helps protect your body against disease and will keep your skin beautiful too!
Tomorrow find out some great ways to use these peas!
Post written by nutritioulicious™ intern Jo Bartell
My boys discovered snap peas at a farmers’ market earlier this summer and they were an instant hit. I serve them as a snack or even as a quick veggie at night when I don’t have time to cook something more elaborate. They love them raw and have fun dipping them in dressing too!
I love when kids go to the farmers’ markets – it’s such a great learning experience for them! Thanks for sharing!!