Tuesday Trade Up: Black-Eyed Peas

For as long as I can remember our New Year's Day table was filled with Cabbage Rolls, Black-Eyed Peas and Cornbread as the first official meal of the year. I'll admit, as a kid, it wasn't my favorite meal. I mean, what average 5 year old likes cooked cabbage and black-eyed peas?

One year my mom asked if I knew why we had the same meal each year. She explained that tradition had it this meal would bring health, wealth, luck and prosperity to those who ate it on New Year's Day.

Cabbage leaves were considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. The cooked cabbage was stuffed with rice, beef and stewed tomatoes. In some regions, rice is a lucky food when eaten on New Year's Day. A pan of cornbread signifed wealth and a side dish of black eyed peas were considered good luck. Of course, my mom being health minded also mentioned all the fiber we were eating and therefore deemed that the meal would also bring health for our family in the New Year.

Well, 32 year's later and today my family will still be eating Cabbage Rolls, Black-Eyed Peas and Cornbread but this year, we took our favorite recipes and made a simple Trade Up. We just switched out our salted black-eyed peas for Eden Organic Black Eyed Peas. We went from a NuVal score of 51 to 100. With that kind of Trade Up, it's sure to be a year of health.

Take a closer look at our Trade Up

Food Club Black-Eyed Peas (NuVal score 51)

Ingredients Blackeye Peas, Water, Salt, Calcium Chloride (to Maintain Firmness) Calcium Disodium Edta (to Maintain Color)

Serving size 1/2 cup
Calories 120, Total Fat 1g, Sat Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 380 mg, Carbohydrates 21g, Fiber 5g, Sugars 2g, Protein 8g.

Eden Organic Black-Eyed Peas (NuVal score 100)

Ingredients: Organic Black Eyed Peas, Water, Kombu Seaweed
Serving size 1/2 cup
Calories 90, Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 25 mg, Potassium 210 mg, Carbs 16g, Fiber 4g, Sugars less than 1g, Protein 6g.

Oganic U.S.A. family farm black eyed peas soaked overnight and thoroughly cooked at Eden's certified organic and kosher cannery with purified water and zero chemical additives.


Do you have a traditional New Year's meal?

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