Edamame are a young soy Bean, picked before they harden and used widely in cuisine from China, Japan, Hawaii and Korea.
On top of being really tasty and a wonderful snack or meal accompaniment they are little wonders packed full of protein, (155 grams contains 18.5g) iron, calcium and all of the essential amino acids your body needs, plus they are low in sugar and fat and calories.
They have been linked to lowering cholesterol, aiding with the menopause, reducing the risk of certain cancers and lowering the risk of bone loss (osteoporosis).
They come in their own pod/shell which is inedible, once removed they need cooking very quickly for 3-5 minutes in boiling water then just nibbled on. Or have fun with the by adding seasoning, sauces or simply sprinkling with salt.
They are becoming so popular you can find them in the frozen Isle or in the ready prepared section of most supermarkets/health stores.
The perfect snack anytime and perfect to back up an active lifestyle.
I so enjoyed today’s breakfast, a bit of a concoction taken from a few different recipes that I have seen over the last few months and one that i truly did not expect to work, but wow it really did!
Full of protein and goodness perfect post workout!
2tsp Chia Seeds
1tsp Macca Powder
50ml Almond Milk
Mix these three ingredients together and leave overnight.
100g Natural Greek Yogurt
A handful of mixed berries
A few walnut halves
Mix the yogurt, kiwi and clementine together put on top of the over night Chia Seeds and then put the berries and nuts on top of that.
Teeny Weeny little seeds bursting with goodness.
A natural source of fibre, omega 3 and protein.
These tiny little wonder seeds are the perfect post exercise recovery treat.
Try for yourself (it’s a little like marmite!)
Add 1 tbsp of the seeds to a glass of warm water or coconut water (for a true treat)
Leave to stand for 10 minutes and watch these little gems soak up 10 times their weight in liquid. They will need a good shake or stir to break up any lumps.
Add fresh lemon/lime and some honey to taste then enjoy.
The seeds do sink quickly so you will need to keep stirring/shaking.
It looks a little like frogs spawn (doing all good job selling it to you aren’t I??) but they are so full of natural goodness theu’re so worth it. You may get some right funny looks at the gym but hey ho who cares? It’s all in the name of health benefits!!!
If you cannot handle the consistency (it does take a little getting used to) put them into smoothies, on your cereals, onto salads, into soups/stews really anything!
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Aldi have them on their shelves for only £1.25. Total bargain!!