Dietitian's Top Pick: Seapoint Farms Edamame Spicy Wasabi

Can you handle the heat? If you claim to love wasabi, you've got to try this week's Dietitian's Top Pick: Spicy Wasabi Dry Roasted Edamame from Seapoint Farms.

So, I (Alicia), love eating edamame right out of the pod. I love ordering it at Asian restaurants and, of course, as a dietitian, I love all the nutrition that is packed in one little serving. Well, when I first started out as a vegetarian I need some portable sources of fiber and protein. Check out the nutrition facts for 1/4 cup of dry edamame (below). Where else can you get 7 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein in 1/4 cup. Plus, I love that it provides plant based (non-heme) iron - a nutrient vegetarians strive to get enough of since they don't eat meat. PS, they are gluten free and non GMO!!

I don't normally like spicy foods but this particular flavor of edamame has a punch that provides a little bit of adrenaline. After each bean, you kinda want to show "I survived it! (Now let's try it again.)"

For those wanting a little less heat, Seapoint offers other dry flavors and frozen varieties, although none get as high of a NuVal score. You can find these dried edamame on the snack aisle. Some of the Market Streets carry it on the bottom shelf near the dried fruit.

So I love eating the little beans plain but does anyone have a great suggestion for how to incorporate them into a recipe? Maybe a trail mix?

Calories: 130
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 130mg
Total Carbs: 9g
Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 14g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 2%
Calcium: 4%
Iron: 10%