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Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are named that way because of how sweet they taste, so they are perfect for kids. Pop them in raw to a lunchbox or serve with a favourite dip. Raw snap peas are also great in salads or stirred into pasta. You can cook them, just do so quickly and lightly, with a quick fry, sauté, steam or microwave. Perfect in stir-fries, as a side dish served simply with a little butter or oil, or added last minute to creamy one-pots. They will taste best and sweetest in summer, when in season, so that’s a great time to give them a go if they are new.
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Understanding Veg

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Nutrition

Rich in Vitamin C to help the immune system and manganese which helps the body form connective tissue and support blood clotting.

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Shopping Guide

Take a close look at the shells which should be shiny, firm and bright green.

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Storage

Keep them in an airtight bag or container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. You can even freeze them – just blanch in boiling water for 2-3 mins then plunge into ice cold water to stop the cooking before laying out on a tray to freeze for a few hours and then storing in freezer-safe bags or containers for up to 6 months.

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Serving Suggestions

Pop them in, raw to a lunchbox or serve with a favourite dip. Raw snap peas are also great in salads or stirred into pasta. You can cook them, just do so quickly and lightly, with a quick fry, sauté, steam or microwave.

At Its Best:

June - September

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Engage

Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with sugar snap peas:

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Your Food

Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.

We’ve gathered together 15 of the nation’s favourite meals and given you step-by-step ways to make small improvements, helping you to make healthier dinners the easy way, and even showing you which veg work best with which recipes.
 
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
 

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If You Like Sugar Snaps…Try

Does your child enjoy sugar snap peas? That’s great! Sugar snap peas are usually crunchy and sweet, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…

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Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!

The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.

The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.

But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.

Here are some of our favourite ideas:

Design a menu

Come up with a silly name or story for a dish

Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks

Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process

The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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