For our A-Z Superfood series, what immediately comes to mind for the letter E? Probably eggs! But if you’ve already had your fill of eggs for the day or crave a vegetarian option, try fueling up on edamame, a hearty green soybean.
A one-cup serving of this superfood contains 22 grams of protein—plus, edamame is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids your muscles need to recover after a tough workout. It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, folate (which helps increase red blood cell production) and vitamins C, B2 (great for boosting energy), K and E (one of the few natural sources). It’s low in fat and cholesterol and contains plenty of minerals including iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium and manganese.
This super veggie also has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as isoflavones and antioxidants that can help fortify your immune system and boost your body’s ability to diminish free radicals (which attack healthy cells) in the body.
Edamame beans are usually sold frozen, either shelled or still in their pods. To prepare, boil some in some water or pop a bowl in the microwave. Eat them as is or add a little olive oil and/or salt for a tasty, healthy snack.