Edamame Hummus Dip

 

I see lots of menopausal women in my clinic….& they often ask…is soy ok for me??? This is a simple answer of YES – as a ‘real’ FOOD, not generally a supplement. It’s all about….BALANCE (my favourite word!!)

Edamame (soybeans) are a phyto-oestrogenic food rich in isoflavones. These are compounds that have a weak oestrogenic effect & bind to oestrogen receptors in the body. Including these as part of a balanced diet may help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes & vaginal dryness, & may even protect you from breast & ovarian cancers.

Soy beans are full of B-vitamins & are particularly rich in choline – needed for brain function & also maintains the myelin sheath which protects our nerve cells. They are jam packed with amino acids….(the building blocks for protein), iron, calcium & Omega 3 EFA’s making them perfect for vegetarians. Your best choice is to buy organic soybeans when you can so you know they’re not genetically modified….& enjoying in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • x1 tin organic chick peas
  • 1/2C shelled organic edamame beans
  • 1C baby spinach
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2Tbsp olive oil
  • x1 clove garlic
  • 2 heaped Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2tsp cumin
  • handful of parsley…& any other herbs you like!
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4C water
  • top with sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds into food processor & blend till smooth.
  2. Add a little more water if necessary.
  3. Top with sesame seeds & enjoy with veggie sticks.

Recipe by Lisa Guy, naturopath.

 

 

 

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