We’re right in the middle of winter, which means bone-chilling temperatures, snow storms and the dreaded flu season. There are many things you can do this winter to avoid getting sick, including eating right and getting plenty of rest. Health experts say proper nutrition and lots of sleep help the body build stronger defenses. Whole foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins are key and studies have shown it’s not just blueberries that are chock full of antioxidants, but beans, nuts and spices have high antioxidant content as well. Small red beans and black beans are listed in the United States Department of Agriculture’s top 20 for antioxidants. Soybeans may not be famously known for containing antioxidants, but they do their part in keeping you healthy. Soybeans contain high levels of tocopherols, which have antioxidant properties. Also soy is a strong source of protein and is especially important because protein supplies the amino acids that build the components of the immune system. In fact, soybeans are the only plant sources that contain all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein….
Archives for November 2009
The holidays are right around the corner…again! Food is always at the center of planning – the traditional foods your family always looks forward to, who likes what, what can be made ahead of time and what to do with the leftovers! And of course, I hope you think about how soyfoods can be added to any holiday table.
I grew up with having turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas but I know many people have ham, beef, or pork. There are always leftovers to be made into sandwiches, casseroles or soups. I am amazed when I hear people say they dislike leftovers…I think the food tastes better at the next meal. The flavors have more time to develop or marry with the other ingredients. Whatever the reason, please enjoy these recipes that use some of the leftovers but also include some soyfoods! Oh and I also included a fun and quick cookie recipe for the start of the holiday baking season.