November 29, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Green...Edamame

My boys LOVE peas.  Peas with rice, peas with macaroni, peas on their own.  They're healthy, full of fibre and an easy side dish to any meal.  We always have a bag of frozen peas in the freezer, ready to be gobbled up.  But it's time for something different.

We've recently introduced soybeans (edamame) to our diet.  They have added variety to our diet bringing a different flavour and nutritional value to our meals.  Below is a quick nutritional comparison of green peas and soybeans.  

Vitamin K 51%
Vitamin C 38%
Vitamin B1 27%
Protein 17%
Manganese 42%
Iron 14%
Folate 25%
Dietary Fibre 35%

Manganese 71%
Protein 57%
Iron 49%
Omega 3 42%
Dietary Fibre 41%
Vitamin K 41%
Folate 29%

Both options are very healthy.  Change things up each week; soybeans for a boost of protein, green peas for a boost of Vitamin K (essential for blood and bone health).

Boiled and salted whole soybean (in the pod) are called edamame (often served in Japanese restaurants).  You can buy soybeans frozen, in the pod or out.  I like to microwave the podded beans for 6 minutes and serve warm with bit of butter.

Adding new, healthy foods to your family's daily meals doesn't have to be complicated.  Switching from green peas to soybeans was a very simple, affordable change for us.  It's something different from the norm, and I'm happy with that!

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