Edamame is actually a soy bean that is harvested when the plant is young and green. They are commonly found in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, and China. You can buy them inside their shell and then boil them. They can be served over salads, or as a snack for the big game! You can remove the beans from the shell with your teeth, gently pulling the bean out. It is customary to not eat the shells of the edamame like you would a sugar snap pea. The shells are very hard to digest and hard to chew. Edamame tastes sweet yet has a nutty flavor; they are fantastic!!
There are many health benefits to the edamame soy bean! They are a great snack with a nutritional punch! These beans contain all the essential amino acids, therefor making them a complete protein for the human body. They are rich in fiber and a low-calorie protein, so snacking on these on the way to the gym will hold you over until dinner time, or keep you from reaching for that candy bar at the mid-day slump! They contain isoflavones which can protect you from heart disease and high cholesterol. If you put these little green beans in the place of your normal meat consumption, then you will be further enhancing the cardiovascular benefits! The isoflavones are also great for your bones and teeth, helping to maintain the bone density in your body. Edamame is also a good source of vitamin K and folate.
I was at Giant Eagle this weekend and found these amazing amazing packages made for children that contain little pre made pouches of edamame beans! Dora the explorer! What a great product! I thought this would be great to put into your child’s lunch or even your own! They come frozen and can be found in the vegetarian section of the freezer section. You can place a little pouch out on the counter and let it thaw, and then you can enjoy! I will be stashing a couple of these in my purse everyday now to snack on in the afternoon and right before I go to the gym. One package really fills me up (contains 59 calories, 1.5g poly and monounsaturated fat which is the heart healthy fat, 17mg of sodium that is very low, 2g of fiber and 5g of protein), and tastes great! Fresh always tastes and is the best choice, but these packages come pretty close and are very handy!