peas definitely have a bad reputation!  considered a "starchy" vegetable by the USDA MyPyramid, they are grouped together with other vegetables that do not get enough love!  peas, corn, and potatoes are definitely under-rated super foods!  i am not too fond of mushy canned peas mind you, but as a child, i have great memories of eating fresh peas in the pod right off the vine in our backyard!  and actually, as i write this blog, i am sad that i do not incorporate them into my diet more often.  one cup of peas is only 120 calories, and it has 8g of protein, 8g of fiber, and 100% DV of vitamin C, 20% DV of vitamin A, and 12% DV of iron.  it is also very rich in the phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been proven to protect your eyes from age related problems!  sugar snap and snow peas are also great.  they have the same nutritional profile as green peas, but you can eat twice as much (2 cups).  i think people are bombarded so often with false info and myths on nutrition, that some amazing functional foods get completely cut from their diet.  i try so hard not to laugh now, or should i say cry, when people are so surprised and question me when i say i eat these "taboo" or "forbidden" veggies.  i hold back my emotions the best i can because i know most people just don't understand, and that is why i continuously try to spread the word, practice what i preach, and expand my diet daily.  stay tuned for some great ideas for peas!