In the South, we eat them on New Year's Day to bring good luck and prosperity in the coming year. But black-eyed peas, also known as cowpeas, deserve year-round attention no matter where you live.
These nutrient-dense, cream-colored legumes with the characteristic black "eye" are naturally low in fat and have fiber, magnesium, iron and zinc. Black-eyed peas contain about 16 grams of complex carbohydrates per ½-cup serving, which means they are digested more slowly, allowing for a steady release of glucose into the bloodstream. Black-eyed peas are also a great vegetarian protein source with 6 grams of protein per ½-cup serving.
Not only are black-eyed peas a nutrition powerhouse, they're also inexpensive in both canned and dry varieties. If you opt for the canned type, remember to rinse them before using to reduce their sodium content or look for no salt-added varieties.
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