Should you eat it? Edamame (aka: soybeans)
Absolutely! You’ve heard of the “incredible edible egg” right? These little kidney-shaped beans are just as incredible. They have a nutty flavor and are as versatile as the egg.
They are nutrition powerhouses! Soybeans are beneficial for your cholesterol and offer your heart some extra protection. Who couldn’t use that? Check out their stats per 1/2 cup serving size:
Calories: 106; Total fat: 5 grams (no saturated or trans fats); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 7 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7 grams; Fiber: 1 gram; Sugar: 5 grams; Protein: 9 grams; Calcium: 5%; Iron: 8%
They come in two varieties: shelled and unshelled. Since the shells aren’t edible, they are much easier to prepare using the unshelled. They can be microwaved or boiled. The photo above is of Peggy’s Premium All Natural Shelled Edamame. This brand is particularly easy to prepare because the soybeans are in a steam heating bag. Pop one in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes and they are ready!
Here are just a few ways you can add soybeans to your meals:
- Mix a handful in a leafy green salad
- Stir 1 cup into pasta sauce
- For a satisfying snack, enjoy them “as is” and pop them in your mouth just like jelly beans!
- Add 1 cup to your stir fry
- Add to your favorite baked bean, bean soup, or casserole recipe
Pick up a bag of edamame at your local grocery store today (found in the freezer section near the vegetables)!