Happy Heart Month!
It is that time of the year – the holidays are over and life is getting back to normal. It is a good time to start thinking healthy and how you can be better to your heart. Do you know all of the numbers- HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, glucose and whatever else is important for your age, gender and family history? It might be the perfect time to have that physical to assess your health. Life is short!
Soy protein is great to start adding to your diet to improve your heart health. Soy protein is great lean protein, the isoflavones may provide direct skeletal benefits and soy protein may provide protection against chronic disease, such as cancer and heart disease. What is holding you back? Afraid it tastes bad or it might affect your sexual health and identity? Many false statements and lies have spread across the internet about soyfoods. When you are looking at research, or just information, make sure you know the source and if that source is credible. Go to www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com for the latest research on soy protein and while you are perusing the website, take a look at the many, easy and delicious recipes. Start today with this salad. It is very easy and full of great taste! It is a perfect winter salad as you can keep all the items handy in your pantry, refrig and freezer.
And it is a double whammy: black soybeans and edamame!
Edamame Bean Salad
Yield: 10 servings
Great Caterers of Iowa
1 can green beans, drained
1 can black soybeans, rinsed and drained
1 can yellow wax beans, drained
2- 16 ounce package shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions
1 small onion, diced
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
In a large mixing bowl add the first 6 ingredients, set aside. In a small saucepan add remaining ingredients, bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Cool. Pour over vegetables, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.