soy beans

Edamame – Underrated and overlooked

This healthy unripe soybean is often underrated and overlooked.  Looking similar to a pea in its pod, it’s healthy and delicious.

Many Japanese restaurants serve a dish of salted/cooked edamame in their pods as a snack or appetizer.

Edamame is a great source of soy protein.  It is naturally gluten and cholesterol-free, has low levels of fat and sugar, yet packs a wallop when it comes to our health:

Check out the benefits of edamame:

Healthy skin:  contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain healthy skin and skin repair.

Strengthens Immune System:  loaded with nutrients and vitamins that help keep your immune system strong.

Improves Digestion: a good source of fiber which helps facilitate digestion.  It can aid with constipation and bloating issues. Fiber can also help to keep cholesterol in check.

Bone Health:  calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin E and other nutrients to help keep bones healthy.

You can buy edamame fresh in the pods or frozen (cooked or uncooked).  Uncooked edamame can be steamed in their pods or cook them in their pods for 5 minutes until pods are tender.  Drain and rinse in cold water to cool.  I keep a bowl of edamame (in pods) in my refrigerator.  The popping starts when I want a quick and healthy snack.  I grab a handful and “pop” the beans out their pods and then “pop” them in my mouth!

Easy ways to add cooked edamame to your diet:  mix the edamame beans into pasta salads, 3 bean salads or lettuce salads.  Eat the cooked beans warm or chilled with a sprinkle of salt, pepper or soy sauce.   Keep a bowl of cooked edamame in your refrigerator to snack on.

Who would have thought this early harvested soybean could be such a tasty and healthy treat?