April is Soyfoods Month, so what better time to get the whole family to try soyfoods. Much has already been written about the benefits of soyfoods for adults: cancer, osteoporosis and hot flash prevention and cholesterol reduction. But soyfoods are very important for kids as well.
Recently there was news about soyfoods for kids, especially girls. Research at the National Cancer Institute showed that Asian women who ate the most soy-based foods from ages 5 to 11 reduced their risk of breast cancer by 58%. Just one serving of soyfoods a day – 1 cup of soymilk, ¼ cup soy nuts or 4 ounces of tofu -can make this dramatic difference.
Soy makes sense for boys, too. National surveys consistently show that most US children fail to get enough calcium – essential for building strong bones. Calcium-fortified soymilks come in a variety of flavors and even kids who shun regular milk may be convinced to stick a straw into a box and sip chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or plain soy milk.
A big benefit for the whole family is the fact that soyfoods are nutrient rich. Soyfoods have high quality protein, no saturated fat and no cholesterol. They can replace high fat protein sources and help get weight off or keep it down – another important issue for kids and parents.
Soyfoods come in so many forms and flavors that there are countless ways to add it to family meals and snacks. There are roasted soynuts in many flavors, green soybeans (edamame) for snacking or sides, soy yogurt, soy cheese, soy crumbles and other meat replacers, soy crackers, cookies and bars, soy frozen desserts and many more. And there are the traditional and very versatile soyfoods tofu and tempeh, that also come in a variety of forms and flavorings.
Start celebrating April as Soyfoods Month today with this easy and delicious recipe. It has the flavor and ease of preparation for busy families with a hint of spring. The mango, edamame and red pepper are a perfect complement to the spicy shrimp.