We all know it can often be difficult to get all of your recommended veggie servings each day. One of the biggest reasons I feel we skip on our vegetables is that most require preparation and/or cooking — which means cutlery, cutting boards, appliances, who knows! Not exactly ideal for an office break room or a quick snack to hold you over until lunch. At FruitRevival, we like to feature a nice rotating selection of “snackable” vegetables in our deliveries. They help us keep the weekly variety fresh and exciting, and allow us to deliver you snacks that are delicious, healthy, and easy to eat on the go or in the office. Baby carrots and Hass avocados make regular appearances, and we’ve recently offered some beautiful baby cucumbers and sweet baby bell peppers. Next week we will be featuring sugar snap peas for the first time this season! These are definitely one of my favorite healthy snacks – they’re crisp, sweet, and have an extremely satisfying crunch and texture.
Sugar snap peas, a cross between green peas and snow peas first created in 1979, were bred as a result of demand for an edible pea pod that was large and sweet. The snow pea variety is relatively sweet, but the pods are flat and are not ideal for snacking. Green peas have large pods but lack in sweetness and they are difficult to chew. Sugar snap peas combine the best parts of both green pea and snow pea varieties to create the perfect healthy snack: a large, round, and sweet pod that is easy to chew and eat raw. The sugar snap pea has a remarkable texture that offers a great snap when eaten raw, try eating them in place of chips and other high-sodium snacks.
Sugar snap peas are a good source of a number of different nutrients and minerals. One cup (about 2 ½ ounces) contains only around 30 calories, while yielding 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of dietary fiber. Sugar snap peas have no (zero) fat, and are very low in cholesterol and sodium. The 3 grams of natural sugars gives these peas their delicious sweetness.
The same quantity of snap peas also gives you more than half of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C (always good for the winter months!), and is also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin K, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
Sugar snap peas are a perfect healthy snack when eaten raw. They’re super tasty, nutritious, and easy to eat. They are great for a mid-morning or afternoon snack and they make a great substitute for saltier snacks when watching a movie or the Broncos game. They’re sweet and easy to chew, but I have to say the texture and “snap” is my favorite part – just pop the bag open and crunch away! Sugar snap peas are great with dips and spreads like hummus or spinach artichoke dip (the latter was my Super Bowl party contribution, along with snap peas and bell peppers, amongst other dippers).
Snap peas also make hearty additions to many different kinds of dishes. Try throwing them in your lunchtime salad for some extra protein or tossing them into a curry or stir fry for a crunchy, colorful addition.
Adding sugar snap peas to your diet is a delicious and easy way to make healthier snacking choices in your daily life, and we are more than pleased to deliver them fresh to your office. I always have to buy extra when we have sugar snap peas… a couple boxes always seem to fall off the truck on the way back…
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