Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good general health. It’s not about restrictions or limitations, but more about choices and moderation. Consuming nutritious food makes us feel good, right? It helps to boost our mood and energy levels. There are many simple foods we take for granted that have magical health benefits, like beans and peas!
To pea or not to pea
Nutritious and delicious
Because they are a legume, they are naturally high in protein and fibre. These are two very important nutrients that many of us struggle to consume enough of daily. Peas are low in fat and calories and are a great vegan source of iron and B vitamins. Now with Blendi’s four flavors, peas are also delicious!
The full factor
Peas are one of the best plant-based sources of protein, which is why they are so filling. Protein works magically alongside fibre to slow digestion, putting a secret spell on your hunger and cravings. They are a vegan’s best friend when it comes to protein intake. However, the protein in peas does lack the essential amino acid Methionine so make sure you eat your peas with another source of protein to make up for it!
Healthy blood sugar control
Peas have a low glycemic index, which measures how quickly blood sugar rises after eating something. The high fibre content of peas, helps slow down the rate of carbohydrate absorption, which promotes a slower, more stable rise in blood sugar levels, rather than a spike.
Everyone is searching for ways to improve their immunity, especially with the thoughts of corona virus lurking about. Peas can help with just that! They have high levels of antioxidants that help to fight infection and protect the body against disease.
Peas can do wonders for your digestion. The high fibre content adds bulk to stool, therefore, enhancing smoother bowel movements. Yes, in a good way, you may be going to the toilet more!
What are fava beans?
Fava beans are also known as broad beans that grow in big, bumpy green pods. Fava beans are enjoyed around the world because of their versatility and are hailed for their highly nutritious attributes. They are one bean that can’t be missed!
Loaded with the good stuff
For their relatively small size, fava beans pack an incredible amount of nutrients. They are an excellent source of fibre, iron and folate. Fava beans have no saturated fat or cholesterol – happy days!
Fava beans are rich in manganese and copper, two nutrients needed to prevent bone loss. Studies have shown that consuming these two nutrients improves bone mass.
Improve symptoms of Anemia
Regular consumption of Fava beans may help to increase blood iron levels and improve symptoms of anemia that result from inadequate iron intake. Fava beans contain a form of iron that is absorbed better when eaten with vitamin C from foods such as citrus fruits or bell peppers.
Aid weight loss
Because they are rich in protein and fibre like the glorious peas, they can be good for the ol’ waistline. Fibre takes time to digest, which keeps you feeling full long after you have eaten, ultimately leading to few calories consumed throughout the day.
Last but not least! Fava beans are a delicious addition to many different recipes, but can also be enjoyed as snacks – like Blendi. Cooked Fava beans can be added to salads, rice dishes, risottos, pastas, soups and even sprinkled on top of pizzas. They can be cooked in different ways and flavoured with various spices. Get on the Fava bean buzz.
A balanced combination of beans and peas provides enough energy and nutrients to complete an entire day of activities. Now Blendi offers the opportunity for you to get these nutrients easily with our snack packs in four delicious flavours. There is no denying the nutritional power of beans and peas. They are truly magical!