BLACK EYED PEAS
Silly Food Fact
Although the name may trick you into thinking it’s a pea, it’s actually a bean! Black Eyed Peas are considered to be “good luck” in some cultures and are eaten every New Year Eve dinner. But, they’re more than lucky beans, they’re healthy ones. Black Eyed Peas are so rich in protein that they can be used to substitute meat in our diets. One cup has 13 grams of protein. That’s a quarter of the recommended daily intake from the USDA (50 grams total).
Why Our Bodies Love Them
In addition to having tons of protein, Black Eyed Peas are low in fat, sodium and are cholesterol free. Their high levels of B1 can help sustain our energy throughout the day. Our body’s are even able to move waste better because of their power-packed levels of fiber, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc.
Care and Picking
If you purchase canned black eyed peas, then select the ones with low sodium and remember to check the expiration date. Also, only purchase cans with no dents. Dented cans can increase the risk of carrying botulism. If you purchase dried or fresh peas, then pick the ones that look clean and have firm skin.
Tips and Warnings
Canned and dried Black eyed peas should be stored at room temperature. Dried peas should be stored in an airtight container to help keep moisture and insects away. If you’re cooking dried peas, add salt to the water 15 minutes before they are finished to prevent them from becoming hard.