Why to try: Vegetarians praise edamame as a high-protein snack, but each little pod is also a nutritional superstar for keeping our heart health in check. Edamame’s soy protein content and its antioxidant compounds may reduce total and bad cholesterol levels. Edamame also contains heart-healthy omega-3s and 30 percent of your recommended daily dose of cholesterol-lowering fiber in one cup, helping you reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
How to try: Make a movie snack by swapping chickpeas for edamame in an Asian-style hummus. Purée 1 1/2 cups cooked and shelled edamame with 1/4 cup each tahini, water and olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon and a few drops of toasted sesame oil. Serve with raw veggies and baked wonton wrappers for dipping.