In our Beauty Detox lifestyle, part of our community mission is to incorporate fruits and vegetables into our daily practice that provides our bodies with essential, nutrient-rich vitamins and minerals.
It’s great to have some variety…and my Energy Elevating Edamame Salad Recipe is just another way to pack in a powerful punch of beauty ingredients and give yourself a boost of energy to get you through the rest of your day!
Let’s check out how…
Elevate Your Energy With This Legume: Edamame
Edamame are basically little baby soybeans. And you know what we say about the baby plants, like sprouts! They tend to have more favorable, dense amounts of nutrients, and less of the “unfavorable” qualities, if there are any. Edamame is a great food to work in on occasion.
if you don’t have a soy allergy and want to incorporate more into your diet, then tempeh, natto, miso and even organic tofu are great sources.
What we need to be careful to note, is that over 90% of soy in our country is genetically modified (GMO), which includes the huge amounts of processed soy used in junk food and in the feed for factory farmed animals.
Edamame is a great source of protein, as we definitely want to cut out or back in general on animal protein, which is congestive and full of environmental and other toxins, and is destructive to our precious environment (through deforestation to clear land for cattle to graze, non-fish catch being trapped in giant fishing nets and more).
The key is to know your body and what it can process, assimilate, and digest without any issues. It can take time to intuit sensitivities, but I think it’s worth the effort so that you know which foods to leave out or rotate (eating less often), into your diets. Otherwise, you can replace them with green peas, or another green veggie you like!
Here are some standout benefits to incorporating edamame into your meal planning:
Improve digestion: Providing a healthy digestive system, due to its source of fiber which facilitates digestion and ensuring that cholesterol is maintained at the right levels.
Strengthen your immune system: Contains nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that help in strengthening the immune system, which is necessary for the body to protect itself against microorganisms that may cause various health ailments.
Assist in weight management: These beans have a high protein content and fewer calories, which make them an ideal snack for weight conscious people — playing a very important role in weight management.
Are high in protein: Among the best plant-based protein sources and a cornerstone of many vegan and vegetarian diets — 1 cup (155 grams) of cooked edamame provides around 18.5 grams of protein. They also provide all essential amino acids.
While improving digestion and being a high source of protein, your body will have no trouble breaking down and providing you with the energy you need until your next beauty meal!
How To Buy & Keep Edamame
When shopping, I typically find two types of edamame in the frozen vegetable section (shelled or with the pods). Both are already cooked and ready to be thawed and eaten. Easy-peasy!
I try to make a mental note to keep a bag of each in my freezer for those times when I just want edamame in their pods for a quick healthy snack, and also the shelled edamame for recipes, like today’s salad.
The shelled ones are great in soups, stews, and zoodle or noodle dishes. Just follow the directions on the package or according to which recipe you’re following.
Other beauty ingredients in this recipe include: red bell pepper, cucumbers, celery, Roma tomatoes, basil, parsley, lemonjuice, salt and pepper!
Shopping, prepping and incorporating healthy food choices takes some time and effort for sure (I’m not going to lie and say it’s always super easy), but the payoffs are so amazing. We simply can’t buy feeling great- it’s priceless!
It’s time we take a look at these easy step-by-steps…
Prepare edamame according to package directions, if frozen. If fresh, rinse well and then add to large salad bowl.
Add the red bell pepper.
Add the cucumbers.
Add the celery.
Add the Roma tomatoes.
Add the fresh basil.
Add the parsley.
Combine all the salad ingredients by tossing lightly.
For the dressing, add fresh lemon juice to a small bowl.
Add salt and pepper.
Whisk until fully combined.
Pour dressing over salad mixture, tossing until fully combined.