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3 easy ways to eat snow peas (infographic)

Nov. 16, 2017

Sweet and crisp, snow peas add an extra kick and crunch to the classic stir fry. But don't limit them to Asian dishes. From salads to skewers to sautes, many recipes benefit from the snow pea's unique taste and texture.

Nutritionally, snow peas provide 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. We asked Ursula Ridens, a registered dietitian at Sharp HealthCare's Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Program and certified intuitive eating counselor, to share three nutritious ways to enjoy them.

3 easy ways to eat snow peas (infographic). Snow peas are delicately crispy and taste milder and sweeter than the common garden pea. Plus they’re bursting with health benefits. Our expert shares 3 tasty ways to serve them. All in the family. Snow peas are in the legume family. Legumes are plants that bear seedpods. Other legumes include: lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, soybeans and peanuts. In good health. Snow peas provide up to 60% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin c. And like other legumes, snow peas have: fiber (to help you feel satisfied longer), protein (to build and maintain muscle mass) and potassium and magnesium (to reduce blood pressure). Snow peas 3 ways. Asian skewers. Layer shrimp, snow peas and your favorite veggies on skewers. Drizzle with a mixture of garlic, canola oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and honey. Cook on a hot grill for 10 to 12 minutes. Orange salad. Steam snow peas and broccoli until slightly tender. Let cool, and combine with shredded red cabbage and orange wedges. Drizzle with a dressing of olive oil, vinegar, shallots, salt and orange juice. Stir-fry. In a wok over high heat, cook snow peas, diced tofu and sliced onion until snow peas are slightly tender. Add low-sodium stir-fry sauce of your choice to coat, and sprinkle with chopped, unsalted peanuts. From the expert. “While snow peas aren’t a staple on my grocery list, my taste buds are always so pleased when I rediscover them. I love how versatile they are – and the crisp freshness is oh so good!” – Ursula Ridens, RD, outpatient dietitian at Sharp HealthCare. 2017 Sharp HealthCare. All rights reserved.

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For the news media: To talk with Ursula Ridens for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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