Recipe: Pass the Peas Please!

We love to take advantage of vegetables that are in season. We love peas because there is so much skin-loving nutrition packed into such a tiny package. Peas are in season now, so you should see them at your local farmers’ market or local supermarket.

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Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants – all great for skin health! Fresh green peas are high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. A ½ cup serving of shelled peas ohas almost half of your daily vitamin C needs. Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A. A 1/2 cup serving provides about 25% of your daily allowance of vitamin A. Vitamins A and C, are known to boost production of collagen fibers that help keep skin smooth and firm

For a tasty way to enjoy peas, try this Spring Pea Panzanella Salad from Le Pain Quotidien

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups organic wheat bread croutons
  • fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 4 cups wild arugula
  • 10 mint leaves, torn
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen spring peas, thawed
  • 1/2 english seedless cucumber, sliced
  • 2 TBSP organic olive oil
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • sea salt & black pepper

For the Croutons:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the bread into quarter-sized pieces and bake for 15 minutes.

For the Salad:

In a large bowl, combine the croutons with the remaining ingredients, reserving the arugula for later. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Add arugula, toss and serve.

For more healthy skin recipes, including one for pea hummus, check out our Pinterest board!

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