Black Eyed Peas or Lobia are white legumes with a small black dot resembling an eye. They are available dried, frozen and canned. They make a good addition to soups, salads and also a healthy side dish curry. Black eyed peas are a low-fat and low-calorie food. Black-eyed peas are a good alternative source of protein. Protein is important because it supports most of the parts of your body, including muscles, skin, hair and nails.