Today’s Gem of Gratitude #319


Today I am thankful for edamame. According to, edamame is “a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean, harvested at the peak of ripening right before it reaches the ‘hardening’ time.”

I discovered edamame within the past three years when a former co-worker and I decided to have dinner at a sushi bar after work one day. It was my first time going to that particular sushi bar and I was excited to venture into new territory. While there, we partook of edamame, Las Vegas rolls, California rolls, and smoked salmon. Everything that we had was good, but what I remember most notably was the edamame, which was crisp, fresh, and rather tasty despite its simple preparation of having been steamed and then lightly sprinkled with sea salt. And, now that I think about it, half of the fun came from eating the edamame – holding the pods between my teeth and gently popping the individual beans into my mouth was both fun and entertaining (remember, it does not take much for me to be entertained, though, I cannot imagine that I am the only person who has enjoyed eating edamame for this very reason).

All in all, edamame is a tasty and healthy alternative to higher calorie and fat containing snack options, it’s easy to prepare and eat, and it brings with it its own bundle of built in entertainment. What’s not to love? #lovebythedrop

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