Caviar, truffles, oysters, asparagus, chocolate, tofu . . . Okay, we have to admit that when it comes to the traditional foods of romance, soyfoods aren’t usually on the list. Maybe they should be, though. Not only do they marry well with chocolate, when it comes to matters of the heart, soyfoods may help protect against heart disease. That’s why they’re ideal for those meals you prepare for your special one on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year. The Soyfoods Council can help you plan your menu for romantic celebrations with a variety of chocolate and soy recipe ideas.
Soyfoods are low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat and they provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. Soyfoods also have a direct cholesterol-lowering effect, and contain isoflavones that may directly improve the health of the arteries as well. That’s why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim for soyfoods and coronary heart disease. Each serving of soyfoods offers 7-15 grams of high-quality protein. In addition, soymilk is fortified with calcium and vitamins D and B12.
More than 150 years ago the first heart-shaped box of chocolate was introduced for Valentine’s Day, and the idea has retained its appeal. When you combine soyfoods with the healthy halo of chocolate and cocoa, you’ve got a winning combination. Dessert ideas from The Soyfoods Council include Chocolate Almond Pie, featuring silken tofu, soy cream cheese and dark chocolate. Vegan Chocolate Cherry Cake combines semi-sweet chocolate, soymilk and cherry preserves, while Guilt-Free Brownies are made with cocoa powder and soy flour.
Chocolate is undeniably a food of romance, so no Valentine’s Day dinner is complete without it. After a rich, romantic dinner, Chocolate Espresso Puddiing is the perfect light dessert. It’s made with instant coffee granules, vanilla soymilk, bittersweet chocolate and baking cocoa, for a layering of chocolate flavor. If you’re looking for other cool desserts, consider Chocolate Tofu Ice Cream. It combines unflavored gelatin, chocolate soymilk, soft silken tofu and chocolate syrup.
For complete recipes for your Valentine’s Day celebration and other chocolate ideas from The Soyfoods Council, visit www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.
About the Soyfoods Council: The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to increase awareness of soyfoods, educate and inform media, healthcare professionals, consumers and the retail and foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.
About the Role of Soyfoods in a Healthful Diet: Soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. In recent years they have become popular in Western countries because of their nutrition and health properties. Soyfoods are excellent sources of high-quality protein and provide a healthy mix of polyunsaturated fat. In addition, independent of their nutrient content, there is very intriguing evidence indicating soyfoods reduce risk of several chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. All individuals are well advised to eat a couple of servings of soyfoods every day.