While there are a lot of great edamame recipes out there, I love the simplicity of eating these straight-up, dipped in soy sauce. Edamame (AKA soybeans) make a great protein-packed snack. They are quick and easy to prepare — frozen edamame can simply be steamed for about 5 minutes. I find frozen edamame at both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods; I have not checked Safeway or other grocery stores but I would be surprised if they were not available there, since they are a pretty popular product.
Nutrition: 1/2 cup (shelled) has 120 calories, 5 g fat, 10 g carbs and 13 grams protein
The only vegetable that contains ALL NINE essential Amino Acids. Read: this is a veggie that is not only high in protein, but contains protein of high value which your body can put to good use. Most plant-based foods are lacking in one or more essential amino acids, which is why people consuming a vegan or vegetarian diet are urged to consume a wide variety of foods.
A good source of Vitamin A, Calcium and Iron
Saturated fat and cholesterol free
The fat in edamame is unsaturated, which is considered “good” fat
To eat, simply pop the beans out of their shells. Dip in soy sauce, if desired.
Pictured: Steamed edamame, soy sauce with crushed red pepper