In a time of economic stress, many people are trying to budget their money the best way they can by cutting unnecessary expenses. The grocery bill can add up fast, making it sometimes difficult to not load up on cheap, prepackaged meals.
One way to eat fresh and healthy foods while minimizing your consumption of preservatives is to grow your own food using a garden or visit your local farmer’s market. Growing your own fruits and vegetables ensures you are getting the cleanest, most nutritional food possible. And if you did not plant a garden, purchasing them from your farmer’s market is a great way to save money while supporting the local economy.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and are essential to a well-balanced diet. If you pair those fruits and veggies with soy, you’ll get protein, fiber and calcium, too. Here are a few reasons to let your diet grow with soy:
- Nutrient Rich: Soy is chock full of protein. It’s the only plant protein that is equivalent to an animal protein and has all amino acids. Soy also has isoflavones, which may prevent breast cancer in young girls and prostate cancer in men. Along with protein, soy also has fiber, calcium, B vitamins and iron.
- Versatility: Soyfoods come in many textures and flavors. Soymilk, yogurt and ice cream are great examples of how soy can be substituted for dairy products. Boca Burgers and Morning Star patties and tofu can be used in place of meat, and canned soybeans and edamame are great for salads and stews.
- Accessibility: There’s no need to shop at a fancy, organic grocery store to find all these great soy products. Today, it’s possible to walk down the aisle in your own local grocery store and be surrounded by soy and all its benefits.
Here are a few recipes which incorporate fresh vegetables and soy for a delicious and nutritious meal for the whole family.