Wouldn’t it be great to reach for a chocolaty treat or dive into a bag of crunchy chips without feeling guilty? The Soyfoods Council wants you to know you can. April is National Soyfoods Month, and it’s the perfect time to indulge yourself with satisfying snacks like dark chocolate-covered edamame, edamame hummus and edamame chips. Soyfoods such as edamame may be fun to eat, but nutritionally speaking they’re all business. When you eat a single serving of soyfoods, including tofu, soymilk, soy yogurt and soynuts, you can feel good about getting approximately 7 to 15 grams of high-quality protein, or as much as 12 to 25 percent of daily protein requirements for the average adult….
With the wide variety of soyfoods available today, foodservice operators can easily create specialties that cater to customers looking for meatless or dairy-free menu items. Ingredients such as soymilk, tofu, edamame, soy yogurt and Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) or Textured Soy Protein add flavor, texture and nutrition to recipes. With the combination of convenient soyfoods ingredients and your own creativity, you can develop signature items to suit any cuisine style. The Soyfoods Council offers inspiring menu ideas on its website.
Soyfoods aren’t just for those on vegetarian or vegan diets. According to the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot in 2012” chef survey of American Culinary Federation member chefs, one of the year’s top 20 trends is Health/Nutrition as a culinary theme. The fact that soyfoods are plant-based and offer 7 to 15 grams of high-quality protein makes them an attractive choice for health-conscious customers. Also on the What’s Hot list are Vegetable/Vegetarian Appetizers, Meatless/Vegetarian Menu Items, Vegan Entrees and Edamame/Soybeans….
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Learn about the Heart-Healthy Benefits of Soy, a “Superfood”
CHESTERFIELD,Mo., February 9, 2012 —For decades, soy has been regarded as a superfood with many health benefits. In fact, “25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease,” according to the FDA….
Valentine’s Day brings to mind romantic dinners and rich chocolate desserts. This year, why not help your customers get a head start on Valentine’s Day celebrations? The Soyfoods Council offers a selection of simple but sensational recipes so you can feature a weekend brunch with menu choices that incorporate heart-healthy soyfoods.
Soyfoods may lower the risk of heart disease. They are low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. Soy protein also has a direct cholesterol-lowering effect, and contains isoflavones that may directly improve the health of the arteries….
Caviar, truffles, oysters, asparagus, chocolate, tofu . . . Okay, we have to admit that when it comes to the traditional foods of romance, soyfoods aren’t usually on the list. Maybe they should be, though. Not only do they marry well with chocolate, when it comes to matters of the heart, soyfoods may help protect against heart disease. That’s why they’re ideal for those meals you prepare for your special one on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year. The Soyfoods Council can help you plan your menu for romantic celebrations with a variety of chocolate and soy recipe ideas….
If you and your family are already enjoying soyfoods such as soymilk, edamame and tofu, you may be further along than you think on keeping that New Year’s Resolution to eat more healthfully. Soyfoods make it easy to improve your diet, and they fit in with your active lifestyle. The Soyfoods Council offers a collection of family-pleasing recipes for every occasion. Visit the website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com for meal and snack ideas featuring soyfoods. Meanwhile, here are three things you might not know about soyfoods….
If you’ve just made a New Year’s resolution to eat more healthfully in 2012, The Soyfoods Council can help. Soyfoods offer protein, and may help protect against heart disease. They’re low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. And yes, they have a direct cholesterol-lowering effect and contain isoflavones that may directly improve the health of the arteries as well. But that’s not why you’ll want to include them in your diet this year. Simply put, they fit your active lifestyle. Soyfoods are convenient and versatile ingredients….