Edamame (ed-ah-MAH-may) also known as immature soybeans. They are a good source of protein. fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and isoflavones. Isoflavones are only found in soy and may be helpful in preventing certain cancers, decrease heart disease and prevent osteoporosis.
Here is the nutritional breakdown per package of edamame: 59 calories; 1.5g fat; 0g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 0mg cholesterol; 17mg sodium; 5g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 1g sugar; 5g protein.
They come in individual packages and are already shelled soybeans out of the pod and ready to eat! Found in the frozen section – you just thaw and eat! What a great little snack and with Dora and Boots they appeal to kids too. My daughter is a huge fan of Dora and she loved the special little package and ate them up! We have had edamame before in a vegetable mix but I was surprised she dove right into the bag and ate them. Also for kids, especially toddler age, they may not get enough protein in their diet and this is a great way to get a little extra protein from a fun finger food!
if you don’t mind the kid-friendly package, I have even put them in my lunch as a snack or added them in a salad. They may look like lima beans but don’t be scared – they do not taste anything like lima beans. They also come packaged in the pod (Sponge Bob on the front) but you are suppose to discard the pod and just eat the beans. Note to self the first time I tried edamame – I ate the whole thing, pod and all and thought, wow this has lots of roughage.
Super fun snack and super fun package – go Dora and Boots! Fantastico!