Ok, I have a new snack obsession..... Freeze Dried Vegetables! Sounds weird right?! Well, while cruising the aisles at Target on my lunch break (this happens often, sometimes a few times a week) I came across a display with Archer Farms freeze dried vegetables and fruit. I like dried fruit, it's delicious... but high in sugar. What caught my eye at the display was a bag of Freeze Dried Salted Edamame! I love edamame (soybeans) but have only had them steamed, in the pod. Well obviously I had to try this strange freeze dried version. I had no idea what to expect... and all I can say is WOW! Freeze dried vegetables are crunchy and light like popcorn, and just as addicting too. I had to check the nutritional facts again (I always check the first time at the store because snacks have to pass a certain criteria to even make it in my basket)... surely these could not be healthy they were so good. But the only ingredients in the freeze dried salted edamame are soybeans, salt, and sunflower oil. There's only 130 calories per serving, which is 1/2 cup... that's a lot of soybeans! What surprised me the most about this little snack is the amount of protein it contains... 12g per serving! Also soy beans are naturally low in carbohydrates and high in dietary fiber, so this is one snack you do not have to feel guilty about indulging in!
I was raving about my new-found soy bean snack to my co-worker (a fellow food and fitness lover)... so I gave her some to try and she instantly fell in love too. On another Target cruise that week, I picked her up a bag of her own... and of course I grabbed another one for myself. Well... a few days later when I was ready to tear into my bag of delicious edamame, I realized I had grabbed a bag of Freeze Dried Green Peas instead.... oops. Well I figured if the edamame were that good, surely the peas would be too. I was not disappointed. Once again, I was devouring a light, crunchy, satisfying vegetable snack. The only ingredients in the freeze dried peas are peas! Crazy! And the calories are even lower on the peas... 110 calories for 3/4 cup! The peas are not as high in protein as the edamame, but they are still low in carbohydrates and high in dietary fiber. Seriously, green peas never tasted so good!
Freeze drying removes water from the vegetables yet preserves the flavor (and makes them light and crunchy!).
Well done Archer Farms!!!