Happy New Year! The New Year’s tradition of black-eyed peas and cabbage is very healthy, because both of these foods are packed with good nutrition. An one-cup serving of black-eyed peas contains only 130 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of protein, and over 5 grams of fiber per serving. Cabbage has 17 calories per cup, 4 grams of carbohydrates, and almost 2 grams of fiber per one-cup serving! This can make a delicious, healthy meal, which is low in calories and high in nutrition. However, beware when adding rice or cornbread; just 1/3 cup of rice is 80 calories and a 2-inch square piece of cornbread is 125 calories.
Black-eyed peas are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and C and even contain calcium. Cabbage is high in vitamin C and contains adequate fiber. All of these vitamins and minerals help build immune systems and protect us from disease and fiber aids in digestion, absorption, and bowel regularity.