If you’re trying to eat more healthfully and incorporate more protein into your diet, you’re not alone. More than half of American consumers want to add more protein to their diets, according to Protein Perceptions and Needs, a 2014 report from the NPD Group consumer research firm.
In addition, more consumers are discovering meat alternatives. A Mintel consumer survey in 2013 found that more than a third of shoppers say they buy meat alternatives. The good news is that whatever your dietary preferences, soyfoods fit into your diet, and do it in an economical, enjoyable way.
Unlike many other high protein foods, soyfoods are low in saturated fat and have no cholesterol. In addition, soy is a complete protein, meaning that it provides all the essential amino acids. A single serving of soy offers from 7 to 15 grams of high-quality protein. More consumers are discovering the benefits of soy not only as a protein, but also as a versatile ingredient.
TSP Rises to the Occasion: The possibilities for this ingredient are nearly endless. You can add TSP (textured soy protein) to your morning oatmeal, create toppings for fruit cobblers, and replace 25% to 50% of ground beef in recipes with TSP to make sloppy joes and tacos. The Soyfoods Council offers a variety of recipes to help you plan your snacks and meals.
Fresh Takes on Edamame: Whether you choose frozen steamed edamame, dry-roasted or chocolate-covered edamame, you’ll be getting all the goodness of plant protein, without adding cholesterol to your diet. For a satisfying lunch, consider Edamame Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, combining greens, grape tomatoes, radishes, onions and carrots.
Soy Snacks: No matter your personal tastes, soy ingredients offer better-for-you snacks such as snack mixes and protein food bars widely available in stores. You can also find a variety of snack recipes on The Soyfoods Council website. Make your own treats, such as Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Granola Bars, with an ingredient line-up that includes TSP, old-fashioned oats, honey, unsweetened applesauce and semisweet chocolate morsels.
Tofu as an Ingredient: To add more protein, or replace some of the fat and cholesterol in your diet, rethink your everyday recipes. Recipes available on The Soyfoods Council website demonstrate how something as simple as mashed potatoes can be enhanced by soyfoods. Make them by mashing cooked potatoes with warm soymilk, pureed soft silken tofu and olive oil or butter substitute. You’ll also find recipes for dips, smoothies, salad dressings and desserts.
For details about soyfoods, studies related to health, recipe ideas, nutrition data and cooking tips, visit the Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.