Cold Mint Pea Soup
This recipe is inspired by a past colleague of mine who keeps a health blog with fitness tips and nutritious recipes. Her version of the recipe can be found here
. Thanks, Monica!
This cold soup is super easy and quick to make (definitely under 5 minutes).
I slightly modified it by adding spinach to the blender and pistachios as garnish for a bit of crunch. The classic mint/pea combo is beyond refreshing on a hot summer day. It makes for a quick and healthy snack or even can be served as a side during lunch.
- 1.5 cups frozen peas
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- Small handful of fresh mint
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- pinch of sea salt
- fresh black pepper to taste
- 1/8 cup lightly salted pistachios, roughly chopped
- Add all ingredients (except the pistachios) to blender and puree
- Serve immediately and garnish with pistachios and fresh mint leaves
This recipe gets bonus healthy points for mixing peas (an excellent source of vitamins A and C) with raw spinach. As I mentioned in my last post, when you combine vitamin C with raw spinach your body is able to absorb its iron and calcium.
Plus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, peas are a good low calorie source of protein. 1 serving of this recipe contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter. And, unlike eggs, 1 serving of peas has less than one gram of fat and no cholesterol.