Nuts are great but can be really hard to consumer in moderation. Given the vast majority of the population needs to consume more vegetables, edamame – or soy beans, are a fantastic option as they’re quick to cook and loaded with nutrition.
Soy beans are one of the richest sources of protein in the plant world and contain all 8 essential amino acids – making them an excellent choice for vegetarians. They’re high in folate, vitamin K and are a good source of essential fatty acids and fibre.
Keep them in the freezer as a go-to when you’re craving a snack or eat them like the Japanese do, before a meal.
- 125g/4.5 oz/1.5 cups frozen edamame
- ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes (such as Maldon) optional
- Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Add the frozen edamame and cook until they all float to the top of the water – this should take around 3.5 – 4 minutes
- Drain and if using salt sprinkle the whole edamame with the salt flakes then eat immediately or reserve as a snack for later. Note that I eat very few of the salt flakes find they impart a good flavour
- You can also experiment with chilli flakes if you like something a little hot and spicy