Before Izzy, edamame were reserved for my Japanese restaurant experiences. For some reason, it never occurred to me to buy them and eat them at home. But then I discovered this.
Edamame are the perfect toddler snack. They are easy to keep on hand because you can always store a bag or two in the freezer. They can be prepared in five minutes and are portable too. Just stick them in a baggie or container and go.
The best part about them is that they are snack and entertainment in one. Kids delight in trying to open the pods and pry out each bean. A sprinkling of salt only adds to the experience.
The first time the boy tried them, we were at the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle with his friend E.. They were both almost two at the time. We had gone to the salad bar and selected a variety of items. E.'s mama, A. brought back a container of edamame. I watched in amazement as E. concentrated upon opening the pods and eating them. Izzy followed suit (I probably thought they were a choking hazard but let him eat them anyway) and they have since become a dietary staple. Perfect for a snack or side dish. All that and healthy too.