8 Spring Superfoods


Fresh, sweet English peas are a true delicacy. Their growing season is short-lived and they don’t have a long shelf-life, so they can be hard to find, but definitely grab them if you get the chance. A cup provides more than seven grams of fiber, including a good dose of cholesterol-slashing soluble fiber, for just 115 calories. In fact, research has shown that eating an additional five to 10 grams of soluble fiber a day can reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) by 3 to 5 percent. Peas are also a good fiber source for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because their soluble fiber is easier to digest than other types of fiber and helps improve regularity. Add shelled, cooked peas to a whole grain pasta salad, or make a simple yet extremely elegant side dish by sautéing peas in olive oil and garnishing with fresh torn mint leaves and lemon.