I was just going to shoot my buddies an email about this, but then I thought, “Hey… why not just share it with everyone? I’m sure we aren’t the only health conscious people out there!” So I did.
Edamame is nothing more than dry roasted soy beans. Soy beans have always been a great source of protein and are used as meat replacements for many things. When I stumbled upon Edamame as a healthy snack I was shocked!
First it tastes great! How did I not know about this food? Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are great snacks, but I hate vegetables, and fruits are high in sugar (yes, even natural sugars are not that great for you). Finding healthy snack foods that taste good is hard for me.
Second, it has good longevity. They are dry roasted and can last for months. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a pain to keep around because they go bad so quick. I can stock up on these in my office or car and they are always around for when I am working or traveling.
Third, they are high in protein (with low carbs and fat). For building muscles and staying lean, high protein foods have always been the preferred choice for athletes (or those just trying to stay in shape).
I used to snack on dry roasted almonds a lot (raw almonds are better for you, but I can’t stomach too many of them). But now, I only eat Edamame. Here are the Nutrition Facts for both so you can compare them. You will see that the Edamame is much better for you:
Edamame (1/4 cup):
Total Fat: 4g
Almonds (1/4 cup):
Total Fat: 15g
Anyway, there are two companies that I know of that make them: Seapoint Farms & Roland Feng Shui. You can usually find them in the ‘Asian’ section of any grocery store.