Food Focus: sugar snap peas

sugar snaps make a fabulous healthy snack photo: Donna P Feldman

sugar snaps make a fabulous healthy snack
photo: Donna P Feldman

 

 

 

Gardeners know that spring is time for planting peas in the backyard garden.  But thanks to year-round agriculture, we can eat fresh peas anytime.  And sugar snap peas are a fabulous choice.

  • Sweet and crunchy but not overly sweet.
  • 100% convenient: no need for cooking or seasoning or dips.
  • Low calorie and high fiber, with high water content.  In other words, filling.  A cup has 26 calories.
  • Very low sodium and fat
  • Good source of vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin C.
  • Available in ready-to-eat packages, and portable.
  • Kids will like them

Sugar snap peas can be stir fried as a side dish, or main dish, and combined with meat, tofu, rice or noodle dishes.  But the easiest way to eat them is fresh, as a really easy snack.  They’re handy for dipping; pair with hummus or a yogurt-based dip.  If you need a crunchy refreshing snack in the afternoon, try sugar snap peas.  2 cups = a mere 50 calories and plenty of nutrition.  What could be better?

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