Food For Belly Dancers: Edamame or Soy Beans
Edamame (eh-da-ma-may) is the only plant food to beat meat and egg products as a complete protein source. Replete with all nine essential amino acids of protein, edamame gamely fights cancer and osteoporosis with an army of phytoestrogens called isoflavones. Phytoestrogens mimic estrogen, thus helping pre- and menopausal women deal with this change of life naturally.
Dancers need body cells to rejuvenate easily plus vital energy for moves on the floor. Edamame packs protein and energy with a wallop—a half-cup of shelled edamame equals four ounces of chicken. Keep supplies of roasted edamame handy for snacks, gals!
Phytoestrogens are great for fighting bad cholesterol, while upping good LDL.
Edamame is also good for alleviating hypertension and mood swings.
Try a jiffy meal with mashed avocado and boiled, shelled edamame—"edamame-avocado hummus" anyone? Serve with cucumber, carrot sticks and radishes.
For a tasty post-performance food lifeline, scramble eggs, edamame and ginger.
Keep a dancer's healthy gut clean and energy-efficient with fiber-full edamame.
- 1 pound of fresh or frozen edamame in the pod
- ¼ cup water
- Sea Salt
- Place edamame in a microwave safe dish, add water and microwave for 1-2 minutes if fresh, 4 minutes if frozen or follow manufacturer instructions.
- Drain water
- Toss with sea salt (or kosher salt)
Perfect snack for late afternoon, drop into a travel container and pop into the dance bag or give to the kids for a great after school alternative.