Peas, those green vegetables you were forced to eat as a kid, are having a moment. They’re packed with protein and fiber and people are catching on to all the good stuff they provide.
Research has shown that peas help you stay full longer, too. A study found that a meal with peas and fava beans kept people just as satiated as a dish with meat and eggs with the same amount of protein and fiber. And a French study found that folks who drank pea protein after resistance training had the same strength gains as those who drank whey shakes after a sweat sesh.
“Pea protein, like whey, is a great source of branched chain amino acids, which help build muscle,” explains study author Nicolas Babault.
Since peas are so trendy right now, there are all kinds of new pea protein-enriched products from shakes to snacks. Here are a few to try:
- Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative has 12 grams of protein and comes in a tart original flavor as well as maple and fruit options.
- Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps have about 5 grams of protein per serving and come in fun flavors like black pepper and white cheddar.
- Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk has 10 grams of protein and more calcium than cow’s milk.
- Praeger’s new All American Veggie Burgers have 25 grams of protein and a “meaty” flavor.