Pea protein is getting a lot of love lately – and deservedly so. It’s a quick, easy way to score a little extra protein, especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan or are looking for an alternative to soy or dairy. But there’s another way to reap the benefits of pea protein and then some: Frozen peas. Yup. These little guys could be one of the most overlooked healthy convenience foods out there. They don’t spoil, you can use only what you need, and they’re packed with plant protein and fiber. Did I mention they also deliver iron, folate, and vitamins A and C?
Sure, they’re a cinch to add to pasta, quinoa, or salad. But they’re also fantastic in smoothies, like this avocado pea smoothie. Simply blend ¼ of a cubed avocado with ½ cup each frozen peas, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and OJ. You’ll net 15% of your day’s calcium and potassium, plus its 6 grams of fiber and protein will keep you full for hours. For an even bigger protein boost, swirl in a heaping spoonful of plain Greek yogurt to keep you going strong all morning or afternoon long.