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:
- Protein Powerhouse: It’s not often a cool, sweet refreshing treat contains very much protein, but soy carries quite a protein punch. It is the only plant protein that is equivalent to an animal protein, and it’s great for building lean muscle. Protein also keeps you satiated for longer periods of time, curving your appetite.
- Lowers cholesterol: Just 25 grams of soy protein a day will reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides and slightly increase levels of good cholesterol, which can reduce the chances of coronary heart disease.
- Low in saturated fat: Unlike a thick piece of steak, soy is incredibly low in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol, which in turn, can lower blood cholesterol levels to keep your heart healthy.
Try these refreshing soy recipes to keep you feeling cool this summer.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie