Find Joy and Protein in Peas

Surprising Sources of Protein

There is a list of veggies, that to my surprise, are sources of protein. What?! Having no idea, I am delighted to share this information with other “lessmeat” inspired folk. I am not vegan or even vegetarian, however my meat consumption is somewhat minimal, so I am always trying to add protein to my plate, bowl, smoothie, or bar. I would add it to my wine if I could. Hmmmm

Which green vegetables are sources of protein?

Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Asparagus, Green Peas, Spinach, and Kale.

So here’s the great news. Top dog of the green veggies with protein are green peas. A half a cup has 4 grams of protein not to mention great fiber and iron. Definitely good to know. Opting for a can of peas with family dinner over corn makes sense, now that I have this new nugget of knowledge. I like brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and kale and appreciate now knowing they also offer up a protein punch. Especially when you consider the amount of protein per calories, these even have steak beat.

Of course beans have lots of protein and I do love me some beans. Can we appreciate the mushroom for its protein? Yes, another reason to pick up mushrooms 🍄 more often. I did not know they had protein. Did you?

Buying in bulk as much as possible is in my vision, and something to explore. Dried peas might be a good option. Alternatively frozen peas, the ones that come in a box with paper wrap are more eco-friendly than the ones packaged in single use plastic. Of course hubby only likes canned. At least cans are recyclable, but maybe I can cook some to death to see if I can turn bulk dried peas into canned imposters.

Fitting with a “better and less” lifestyle, for me that translates to better protein and still have less meat. Actively pursuing well being through intentional activities is a joyful endeavor. I can easily add peas into my garden scheme. I can see them growing up the 9 foot tall yellow flowers that come back every year in my herb garden. Finding and preparing more “recipeas” sounds like fun to me.

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