Nutrition for an Awesome New Year: Dressed To Impress Edamame

January 16, 2014

New year, new you! The beginning of a new year is a great time to reconfirm your health and wellness goals. We here at IHI have teamed up with some of our friends to bring you fun, easy and delicious recipes to help keep you on the right track all winter long!

Dressed To Impress Edamame by Briana Santoro

Have you ever felt ‘hangry’? This is what happens when I’m so hungry I start to get irritable and angry. Often times this happens when I get home from a busy day and am ready to sit down for dinner – the only problem is dinner still has to be made! This is often the time people (including myself) love to start grabbing at snack foods. Usually my go-to snack is hummus with veggies or crackers. When ‘hangry’ is out of control it’s not unusual for me to eat 1/2 a tub of hummus before I get dinner on the table. Yikes! As a result the beautiful dinner I just made only get’s half eaten. Give me a ‘here-here’ if you know what I’m talkin’ about!

I was looking for other great snack ideas that take a bit of effort to eat. My hope was this would satisfy my hunger without ruining my dinner. Nuts in their shell are a great option because you actually have to crack open the shell to eat them. This takes considerably longer than tossing back a whole handful of nuts. Excellent!

My other favourite option is edamame! You might be sitting there thinking eda-what?? Or maybe this little green bean is already a good friend of yours. Either way – this recipe will blow your mind!

Not only is it a handy snack food, it’s healthy too! Edamame is an immature soybean that is loaded with protein and fiber, which is great for keeping hunger pains at bay.

Usually I’m all about undressing the food we eat. However, in this case the edamame is dressed to impress, ready to jump into your recipe repertoire, and helping to put Mr. Hangry to rest.



250g organic edamame (in shell)
1 – 1 1/2 tbsp gluten-free organic tamari
1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin (optional)


Boil 4 cups of water. Put edamame in the pot and boil for 4-5 minutes. Strain and add to mixing bowl.
Add the tamari and stir until well coated. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Serve and enjoy!
Note: Soy is heavily genetically modified. Buying organic helps to ensure you aren’t eating genetically modified foods.
Briana Santoro is the Founder and Chief Product Undresser at The Naked Label Inc. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Iridologist, Business Strategy Consultant and lover of whole foods. She holds her own in the kitchen, loves growing organic food, yet is lacking a green thumb, and could eat hummus ever day of her life! In addition she is a dynamic public speaker and writer. Her passion for creating a world where everyone can be healthy and feel fabulous is what helps her spring out of bed in the morning. For more info, visit Briana online or on twitter.


Briana has just published a wonderful cookbook, Get Naked in the Kitchen, filled with even more great recipes to keep you happy and healthy all year long! Get your copy here.

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