I never actually realized this, but green peas have a ton of protein! We’re talking about 8g in just one cup! And seeing that it’s relatively low in calories, I think this makes it an excellent protein source for people who follow plant based, vegetarian or vegan diets.
I found this article which describes the health benefits of green peas: 10 Health Benefits of Peas.
I’ve been trying to increase my protein intake because I’ve honestly been feeling kind of sluggish lately and I thought “hmm, maybe I’m not getting enough protein”…? I don’t know, I’ve just been feeling sluggish in the morning and haven’t really been able to get out of bed before 6:30 – 7:00 am, which is LATE for me. I used to get up around 6:00 am, which is the ideal time for me. I’m definitely a morning person, and love the early mornings when everything is quiet, Anders is still sleeping and it’s still dark outside. I love having that time to myself to work out, read, write, work…or whatever I feel like doing.
This morning, I was finally (!) able to go for a walk/run as the weather was good…well, at least it was dry and sunny although still so windy. I got home after about 50 minutes and 5.33K, had a good stretch, ate an orange, made coffee (I drink it black) and made a green pea smoothie bowl for breakfast.
I’m almost out of bananas, so I only used 2 medium sized in this smoothie bowl.
- Peas (frozen, half a cup)
- Banana (frozen, 2 medium)
- Arugula (a good handful)
- Cucumber (1 large, no skin and no seeds)
- Cantaloupe melon (about a cup)
- Papaya (about a cup)
- Vegetable protein powder (1 tbsp)
- Hemp seeds (1 tbsp)
- Matcha powder (1 tsp)
- Almond milk (unsweetened, about half a cup)
Topped with shredded coconut and papaya cubes. So nice.
This mix may seem strange, but I like it. The taste is a little “earthy” from the arugula and especially the matcha powder, but the banana, melon and papaya gives it just a little sweetness… I guess, you could also add a little dates or honey to make it even sweeter.