Bean enjoying this smoothie.

I used to be scared of edamame. #truestory

Add it to the list of foods I once believed were “bad.”

I was convinced that soy, in any form, would inevitably cause my cells to mutate and lead to breast cancer. There’s a whole section in Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Manifesto devoted to debunking this fear, so I won’t go into detail on it here, but the abridged version is:

There are few clinical studies that suggest an increased risk of breast cancer in association with soy isoavens, but my fear was so intense that I simply didn't want to risk it.  In doing so, I cut out soy nearly all together.  There are many studies that have indicated an inverse relationship between soy consumption and premenopausal breast cancer. (Source 1, Source 2). My fear mongered health logic followed that if I cut out soy, I cut out the increased risk of breast cancer.  

Okay, so let it be known that I now eat soy fear free. I love me some tempeh. Edamame (shelled and whole) is a few of my favorite things. I love to get sushi wrapped in soy paper.

And I love this edamame smoothie.

Edamame smoothie


Yields 2 servings


2 bananas, frozen if you aren’t making this ahead of time*
2 cups shelled frozen edamame
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 cups milk (I go for almond milk)
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of sea salt
Heaping handful of greens (spinach is mild)

*I like to batch cook smoothies and store them in the freezer, taking them out to thaw in the refrigerator 48 hours before I want to enjoy them. A frozen banana will yield an icier smoothie.


  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and process until smooth.


p.s. Ready to love the food you eat and live the life you love? Here are a couple ways I can help you with ending the cycle of shame and regret when it comes to food and your body:

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