Split peas are packed with B vitamins (especially folate and thiamin), manganese, and contain 16 grams of fiber per cup. For the cold weather months ahead, it’s hard to find a healthier soup ingredient.

Women should consume 25 grams of fiber per day, while men should aim for 38 grams (or 21 and 30 grams daily, respectively, for those over the age of 50).

Dietary fiber helps:

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Control blood sugar
  • Prevent constipation
  • Weight control

Layne’s Easy Split Peasy Soup Recipe

Ingredients

Choose organic when available:
  • 2 large red onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup split peas

In a large saucepan, on high heat, sauté onions with oil until they are caramelized, about 7-minutes. Add water to the pan and bring to a boil. Then add split peas. Lower heat and simmer for about 60-minutes or until split peas are tender and most of the water is absorbed. Serves 3.

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