The surprising health benefits of peas – and 10 delicious ways to eat them

It’s amazing what you can find to celebrate. All over the world today, people are celebrating International Mushy Pea Day.

Yep, it’s a thing.

And lots of people just like you are visiting this page from search queries such as ‘benefits of peas’, or ‘are mushy peas good for you’ (it’s amazing what Google Analytics tells me about you!) and here’s the deal. They MIGHT be, depending on who you are and what your body likes. Sound intriguing? The diet your body thrives on is almost as unique as your fingerprint. Which is why the diet your friend does brilliantly on, or the celebs are promoting, or the magazines rave about, might not work for you.

Let me give you an example. Joanne was one of my first clients back in the 1990s. She’d tried every diet under the sun to try and lose weight, with little success. Her diet looked great on paper – fruit and yogurt for breakfast, a big salad with protein for lunch and a jacket potato and protein with lots of vegetables for dinner. She’d stopped eating bread, biscuits, cake, alcohol and it just wasn’t fair – she was trying so hard!

So we did some allergy therapy on her and guess what? She had an intolerance to….

wait for it…

Lettuce!

And guess what formed the base of her lunchtime salad every day.

That’s right – lettuce.

Now the health books are full of information that lettuce has little to zero calories, or burns more calories than you gain from eating, or that it helps reduce fluid retention, or that it’s a wonder food.

And it is.

But only for SOME people. Not every body.

Once Joanne replaced lettuce with shredded cabbage and other leaves in her salads, the weight started to fall off. Bloating disappeared, her skin cleared up and she had more energy.

Amazing right?

So, by all means, read on and discover some of the health benefits of peas, but keep in mind, you’re as individual as a snowflake.

If you’re eating well but still have niggly health issues, why not book in for allergy therapy – it takes all the guess work out of what to eat and in a few weeks of following the recommendations, you’ll be feeling fantastic. Call us on 07971 509997 to book your appointment.

Now, onto the article about the health benefits of peas – enjoy!

Between you and me, I’m not a fan of mushy peas, but I do like split pea soup and popping raw peas fresh from their shells. I’ve recently come across the idea of spreading pease pudding on toast – sounds like a bit of competition for avocado toast to me!

And did you know that sprouting peas and eating the micro shoots are packed with nutritional benefits? Just four weeks after preparing your peas, you’ll be eating fresh peashoot greens, no matter what time of year – they could be just the thing for getting a taste of summer in the cold autumn days. Here’s a simple step by step guide to growing your own at home.

Peas are the UK’s most popular vegetable, with the average Brit munching 9,000 peas per year. If you’re trying to eat less meat, peas provide a helpful amount of protein and they’re packed with other nutritional benefits including fibre, B vitamins, vitamin K and manganese. Bupa say “Beans, peas and lentils are a great alternative to meat because they’re low in fat while being high in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. ”

According to the book The Worlds Healthiest Foods, A Mexico City-based study has shown that daily consumption of green peas along with other legumes lowers risk of stomach cancer (gastric cancer). In his book Life Changing Foods, the ‘medical medium’ tells us  that green peas have been found to help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes due to their relatively low glycemic index and blood sugar regulating properties.

10 ways to eat more peas

As a child I remember eating cooked frozen peas with fish fingers and chips or with bacon, new potatoes and mint, but you can do so much more with the humble pea. Here are 10 ideas to help you celebrate International Mushy Pea Day:

Add peas, sweetcorn and chopped mixed peppers to leftover rice for a super speedy rice salad lunch the next day.

Add peas to risotto with chopped onions, chopped bacon and plenty of cheese for a comforting, simple dish.

Add a handful of peas to a pasta sauce for one of your five a day.

For a simple and quick soup, fry a diced onion in butter until softened, add a small bag of frozen peas with vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes before liquidizing with a dash of cream.

Add some peas to an omelette or frittata.

Prepare some cous cous with chopped spring onions, tomatoes and cucumber. Add fresh peas and dress with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and parsley for a twist on the eastern Mediterranean dish, tabbouleh.

Add some peas to macaroni cheese

Combine peas with garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and cumin to create a unique hummus!

Not keen on avocados? Swap peas for avocado in guacamole or for avocado toast.

Make fritters by adding peas to flour, egg and milk.

What about you – what is your favourite ways to eat peas? Will you be celebrating International Mushy Pea Day?

10 delicious ways to eat more peas for international mushy pea day

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