Edamame (Young Soybeans)

What’s my go-to health food? If you’re looking for a high-fiber, high-protein, healthy-fat, plant-based food that can even contribute to your recommended 25 grams of daily soy protein>>>> then edamame is your winner.

Winner, winner… chicken dinner. I couldn’t resist saying that. 🙂

But really… it’s a nutritional powerhouse.

  • Provides 9 grams of protein (1/2 cup shelled serving)
  • Provides 9 grams of fiber (1/2 cup shelled serving)
  • Provides 3.5 grams of fat (1/2 cup shelled serving). All of that fat is healthy, poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated.
  • Edamame contains high amounts of soy protein.  Soy can help reduce cholesterol when part of a low-fat diet.
  • Low calorie: 110 calories per 1/2 cup shelled

Where do I find edamame? It’s sold in most grocery stores. Frozen, fully cooked, ready to eat, in or out of the pods, dry-roasted, and more.

How do you eat them? You simply use your teeth to squeeze the beans out of the salted pods, or use shelled edamame in recipes. See my Edamame Hummus post.

Please don’t eat the entire pod… like my dad did, the first time he ate them (hehe) 🙂

My favorite way to eat them: steam edamame in the pods>>>top with sea salt. Easy as that!


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