Our bodies rely on many different food sources to provide us with the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Protein is one of the key nutrients we need, as it plays an important role in helping our bodies to grow, develop and repair, and we can get this from peas!
We should eat protein as part of a varied and balanced diet, to get the necessary nutrition for our bodies and this can come from one of our favourite greens – we’d be hap-pea to tell you more…
Put simply, pea protein is the protein which has been extracted from green and yellow split peas. With 100g of our fresh green peas serving a punchy 4.9g of protein, it’s clear to see that peas are indeed nutritious. Pea protein can be used to make protein powder and often serves as a protein base in many vegan foods and drinks. Despite heavy gym-goers and endurance athletes using pea protein powder as a quick-fix boost to their high-protein rich diet, anyone can consume pea protein as part of their daily meals.
Peas can also be combined with other plant-based proteins to create a complete protein. The good thing is, you don’t have to eat all your proteins together in one sitting to get all your essential amino acids. You can eat them during different meals in the day and your body still gets everything it needs.
What is pea protein?
Combine protein-rich peas with other good quality protein sources such as pulses or certain whole grains to enjoy the benefits of protein from a range of different foods.
This is a particularly good option for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet. A combination of vegetarian protein sources can provide all the nutrients necessary for the healthy functioning of your body. Frozen peas make it even easier to get plant-based proteins in your diet, as they don’t require much preparation and you can add them to dishes, straight from the freezer.
Not only are fresh green peas rich in protein, they’re also high in folic acid which is key for reducing tiredness as well as keeping the immune system in tip top shape. They’re also a source of vitamin C and vitamin B1, both of which contribute to the functioning of the nervous system and normal energy-yielding metabolism. And it doesn’t stop there! Peas are naturally low in fat and sugars and high in fibre. With this in mind, a flexitarian diet fuelled by pea protein can actually benefit you significantly.
Legumes such as lentils and chickpeas lead the way to a plant-based, high protein diet. Plants are bursting with protein, and seeds, nuts and vegetables like peas are key providers of protein. We want to make sure that you get your fair share of nutrients, and what’s not to love if you can eat delicious food with a conscience? Our new Green Cuisine range has been created using protein from nature’s peas.
So, put down the beef burger and pick up our delicious Meat-Free Burgers, Swedish Style Balls and Sausages which are made with pea protein and an exotic range of herbs and spices. And when we say it’s rich in protein, we mean it – in every portion, there’s 14-16g of protein! It’s also low in saturated fat and has no artificial colours or flavours, so there’s no reason not to go green!