Hello healthy snacking.
With Fall almost here and back to school season in full swing I feel like healthy snacks are on everyone’s mind. I love that within the last couple of years, we’ve moved away from 100 calorie Cheez-It snack packs that leave you starving on empty calories, and over to whole, unprocessed foods that provide real energy. But in 2016, I think we’re realizing more than ever that a bag of plain almonds just isn’t cutting it. We deserve more. We deserve snacks that are truly delicious, that we look forward to just as much as we would any meal, and that are easy to grab and go as we move about our hectic lives…
…Well, hello lemon edamame crisps. Isn't this convenient.
Edamame has long been celebrated as one of the most nourishing foods in the world. Eating edamame has been linked to lower blood pressure and inflammation, increased bone density, and reduced risk of depression and diabetes. Edamame is also an amazing source of complete protein, with just one cup containing a whopping 17 grams. It’s basically the most perfect snack food ever, and this recipe takes it to a whole other deliciousness level.
These crisps are made with just 5 ingredients. The edamame is coated in heart healthy olive oil, sprinkled with a bit of garlic powder, drizzled with tamari or soy sauce, and then doused in vibrant lemon. The real secret here is that we don’t just use the juice of the lemon; we grate the zest over the top too to really amplifying the brightness.
Not only will these fuel any busy day, they make the perfect snack for an at home happy hour and look impressive as an appetizer for entertaining guests. Add them to your snack game arsenal, and you'll be like, "Almonds, who?"
- 2 cups fresh or frozen & thawed edamame, shelled
- 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
- Juice & zest of 1 lemon
- Flaky sea salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Add edamame, olive oil, tamari, and lemon juice to a bowl and stir to coat. Spread edamame out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, watching carefully towards the end - they can burn easily. Sprinkle with lemon zest and enjoy immediately for optimal crispness or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature once cooled.