This summer favorite has been a hit for lunches and fancy dinner parties, and it is also an insanely healthy snack, as the nutritional benefits of peas are endless. Filled with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, these little guys pack a big punch when it comes to your health. Peas are good for your eyes, high in fiber and essential vitamins and nutrients, support digestive health and are energizing to boot.
Over at Shes in the Glow we decided to serve this dip with Asparagus for a double dose of seasonal health. With high levels of folate and tryptophan, this vegetable produces serotonin in the brain that aids in stabilizing your mood. So big words made small, this food will improve your mood! They are also high in fiber, help with PMS and water retention, and are packed with Vitamin K, folate and antioxidants. They even help with hangovers.
In other words, you’ve got to try this dip now:
SWEET PEA DIP WITH MINT AND BASIL
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 2 cups green peas
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Place a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1tbsp olive oil and sauté onion until fragrant for about 3 minutes. Next add peas to the pan and ¼ cup water to cover the peas. Cook until peas are bright green for approximately 2 minutes (be sure not to overcook or they will loose the bright color).
Remove from heat and strain if there is excess water. Place onion and peas in blender with basil, mint and sea salt. Blend until smooth. Give it a quick taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Cover and place in fridge to cool and serve.
Great with vegetables or used as a speed on a sandwich. You can even add a scoop to a salad for a boost of protein.