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….
Happy, Healthy and Delicious Holidays with Soy
When the holidays roll around, so do parties and social get-togethers and many other opportunities to indulge in some tasty treats. By the time Santa comes down the chimney, your sweet tooth cravings might just be getting started. Why not stuff a little soy into your stocking (and diet) and give the gift of health this holiday season? Soy has numerous benefits, including heart-healthy protein, fiber and isoflavones. It’s also versatile in taste and texture and can be found throughout grocery stores. Here are three favorite holiday recipes packed full of soy.
M & M Soy Treats
Des Moines, IA – Rarely does something so sinfully sweet come without a heaping helping of guilt. Rarely can you indulge in gooey, chocolate brownies without feeling like you’ve destroyed your healthy diet for the day. That is about to change. Thanks to soy and its nutritional properties, it is now possible to have Guilt-Free Brownies. They make a great after school snack or healthy dessert to pack in the lunchbox. Here are a few reasons to consider soy for every meal:…
In a time of economic stress, many people are trying to budget their money the best way they can by cutting unnecessary expenses. The grocery bill can add up fast, making it sometimes difficult to not load up on cheap, prepackaged meals.
One way to eat fresh and healthy foods while minimizing your consumption of preservatives is to grow your own food using a garden or visit your local farmer’s market. Growing your own fruits and vegetables ensures you are getting the cleanest, most nutritional food possible. And if you did not plant a garden, purchasing them from your farmer’s market is a great way to save money while supporting the local economy….
Des Moines, IA – The Soyfoods Council presents “Soy Solutions to Tran Fat-Free Baking.” This new brochure explains how soy-based oils and interesterfied trans-free shortenings have become an alternative in the quest to create trans fat-free baked goods that still retain all the original flavor and form consumers have come to expect.
Researchers at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, conducted a scientific study to determine if it was possible to retain the quality attributes of commercial baking products using a one for one substitution replacing hydrogenated vegetable shortening with a trans fat-free soy ingredient alternative. The study determined that substitution works successfully with certain soy ingredients….
As the days get longer, hotter and more humid, the last thing you want to do is slave away in front of a piping-hot stove. Staying cool this summer means more than turning on the air conditioning or taking a dip in the pool; it also means indulging in cool, refreshing treats. Luckily, many tasty recipes today do not require a hot stove or steaming pot of boiling water.
Treating yourself to chilly, soy snacks and desserts is a great way to cool off as the temperatures climb. Soy can satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your goals to maintain that beach body, and here’s why:…
Bridal, baby and other festive showers are all in full swing. These celebrations are a perfect time to feature soy desserts. Soy is full of nutrients, easy to use and fun for everyone!
Along with cholesterol-lowering protein, soy benefits women in many ways; studies have shown soy to decrease the chances of developing breast cancer when consumed early in life, and it has also been shown to reduce uncomfortable menopausal symptoms later in life.
At one of your gatherings, try adding some delicious soy desserts as a sweet way to celebrate together!