Looking for a health friendly snack that your children will love? Try Edamame!
Pronounced (ed-ah-ma-mey) this green soy bean is not only delicious but a great source of fiber & protein. They are so small in size that they are easy for children to pick up and eat with their fingers. I recently gave some to my son as a snack and he ABSOLUTELY LOVED THEM. In fact, he threw multiple fits when I attempted to take them away! As you can see from the photos, Edamame joined him for a nap! These are a great alternative to fruit snacks or animal crackers. Fabulous to take in the car as well!
Here’s what you’ll find in a half-cup serving of shelled edamame (or 1 1/8 cup edamame in the pods):
- 120 calories
- 9 grams fiber
- 2.5 grams fat (1.5 from polyunsaturated and 0.5 from monounsaturated–both GOOD FATS (Plant omega-3 fatty acids)
- 11 grams protein
- 13 grams of carbohydrates
- 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
As you can see, edamame packs a punch of fiber: 9 grams, about the same amount you’ll find in 4 slices of whole-wheat bread or 4 cups of steamed zucchini. It contains around 10% of the Daily Value for two key antioxidants; vitamins C and A.