Poppers; Healthy Snacking

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Techinically, Edamame.  But calling them poppers was so much more appealing to picky eaters.  Ever since Cathy posted about how her PICKY, non vegetable loving son loved edamame, I’ve been meaning to try it. Not even really for my kids, but for myself.

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So, finally I bought the huge bag in the frozen section of the grocery store. It came with 12 individual bags of frozen edamame (or baby soybeans).  You simply take one bag out, pop it into the microwave for 3 minutes and its done. At first I ate the whole thing. I figure the entire food always has more nutrients than the pieces inside.  I felt like it was kind of bitter, and tough to chew.  Then I read the bag:

CAUTION: Pods are not edible!

Too late. Then my kids started to gather.  Part of my strategy includes refusing to let them try such wonderful and grown up foods.  Then they start to wonder what is so great about it, at which point I give in and let them try “Just a tiny bit” telling them I wanted it all for myself.  I showed them how to pop the bean out of the pod (the bag had directions for this) and pop it into their mouths.  They had a great time doing it! They loved the taste.  Flip flopper actually said:

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“Can you put some of these in my lunch tomorrow?  I want my friends to try them too!”

You don’t have to ask me twice, of course I put some in her lunch.

A bonus, 1 1/2 cups of edamame contains 8 grams of protein!  Fabulous protein source.

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We absolutely love these. However, I’ve never tried microwaving them and I never learned a good technic for “popping” them, maybe I should follow directions. Thanks.

I am laughing at the thought of you eating the WHOLE thing! I’m sure that you thought people are crazy for liking edamame after that! And so glad that your kids loved them. They really are a great, fast, high protein snack!

I guess you ARE my daughter, because the first time I had fried shrimp at a friend’s house (I was about 8 years old), I didn’t know to not eat the tails, so I ate the whole things. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. Anyway, we buy the Costco frozen edamame bag and take enough out for our meal (or snack) and just run it under water in a strainer (so the water goes out) until they are thawed. No cooking involved. I didn’t even know you were supposed to cook them.

I ate the pod the first time I tried edamame, too! My friend asked what I thought of it, and I said, “It was a little fuzzy.”
My kids aren’t hooked yet, but I keep trying. They like to pop them, but not to eat them. Sigh.

I have shelled edamame I’m going to pull out now for an afternoon snack. Thanks for the inspiration!
As a physician and environmental health specialist, I would advise putting the pods (or shelled beans) in a glass dish with a little water to steam microwave them. Plastic bags can leach chemicals when heated, even if it is a safe plastic. Food for thought, so to speak! 🙂