Why to try: Vegetarians praise edamame as a high-protein snack, but each little pod is also a nutritional superstar for keeping our heart health in check.
Research suggests that edamame’s soy protein content and its antioxidant is oflavone compounds may reduce total and bad cholesterol levels. Edamame also contains heart-healthy omega-3s and 30 percent of your recommended daily dose of cholesterol-lowering fibre in one cup, helping you reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
How to try: Make a movie snack by swapping chickpeas for edamame in an Asian-style hummus. Purée 1 1/2 cups cooked and shelled edamame with 1/4 cup each tahini, water and olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon and a few drops of toasted sesame oil. Serve with raw veggies and baked wonton wrappers for dipping.