Tuesday, February 7, 2012


It doesn't look like fruit snacks, and it is the dreaded green color, but we've found that many kids genuinely like edamame for snacks. Edamame is just a fancy name for boiled green soybeans. You can buy them in the freezer section of your grocery store. They're delicious and easy to keep around, and they're really healthy. Here are the nutrition facts for just a half cup serving of shelled edamame:

  • 120 calories
  • 9 grams fiber
  • 2.5 grams fat
  • 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat (0.3 grams plant omega-3 fatty acids)
  • 0.5 gram monounsaturated fat
  • 11 grams protein
  • 13 grams carbohydrate
  • 15 mg sodium
  • 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C
  • 10% Daily Value for iron
  • 8% Daily Value for vitamin A
  • 4% Daily Value for calcium
In addition to serving them plain (warm or cold, shelled or unshelled--by the way, lots of kids really enjoy shelling them), you can eat them with crackers, roast them with olive oil and salt, or toss them in a salad. Pull them out for snack next time you have a babysitting shift. The kids' parents will appreciate the healthy snack, and best of all--there are no crumbs!

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