As consumers, we are constantly bombarded with new research about foods that are supposed to help us achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, sometimes the means to such a lifestyle are hard to come by and for some, it’s just not economical. That does not mean healthy foods are totally out of reach, though. Thanks to the versatility of soy, getting high protein, low cholesterol and isoflavone-packed food while saving money is possible.
The Soyfoods Council has recently released the brochure, “Good News About Good Eating,” which highlights Textured Soy Protein (TSP) and tofu. These examples are just a couple among the many ways soy can easily be included into your daily diet.
TSP and tofu can be used in your favorite recipes to replace meat or poultry, or they can be used along with other protein sources. Both are mild in flavor on their own and take on the flavors of other ingredients in a recipe. TSP and tofu work in various dishes, casseroles, smoothies, puddings and more.
Most TSP is dried and can be stored on the cupboard shelf for use at any time. To use dry TSP, you need to soak it in a hot liquid before adding to recipes and it will double in size. You can find TSP in the bulk foods sections of most grocery stores.
Tofu is a versatile “cheese” made from soymilk. While most have heard of it, not nearly as many are familiar with how to use it. Tofu is incredibly versatile and comes in a variety of textures so it can be used in numerous recipes. Buy water-packed firm or extra firm tofu when the recipe needs the tofu to keep its shape such as grilling or stir frying. Buy water-packed soft when the recipe needs the tofu to blend in but then set up such as puddings or pie fillings. Buy soft silken tofu when the recipe needs the tofu to blend in such as dressings, dips, or smoothies.
TSP and tofu are economical sources of protein without the fat, cholesterol and sodium. They help keep your diet and budget in line.
For a copy of “Good News About Good Eating,” visit the Web site at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com to download a copy, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa Soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to educate and inform healthcare professionals, consumers and the foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. The Council represents nearly all facets of the food industry, including soyfoods product manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, state and national soybean checkoff boards, food retailers and distributors, health and foodservice professionals. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.