This year, while you take care of drafting your New Year’s resolutions—we can almost guess what they are—let The Soyfoods Council provide suggestions for how you can enjoy yourself along the way. Soyfoods such as tofu, soymilk and soy yogurt are low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, the quality of soy protein is comparable to animal proteins. Soyfoods are also convenient and versatile ingredients. Here are four suggestions, demonstrating how recipes featuring chocolate can help make the coming year a more healthful, happy one.
• You’ve probably promised yourself to eat better-for-you foods, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up chocolate. The Soyfoods Council offers a recipe for Guilt-Free Brownies. Don’t you just love the name? Wait until you taste them. This dessert is a new take on the classic favorite. It features black soybeans, soy flour, cocoa powder and brewed coffee, among other ingredients. Plus, the brownies are easy to make.
• We’re guessing you’ve made a resolution to exercise more often this year. That’s why The Soyfoods Council suggests the recipe for Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Granola Bars. They’re a great after-exercise treat. Make them ahead, wrap individually in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for a week. With their fiber and protein content, they’re also good for after-school snacks or even grab-and-go breakfasts. Make them with shredded coconut, old-fashioned oats, molasses, brown sugar, honey, Textured Soy Protein (TSP), unsweetened applesauce, eggs and chocolate chips.
• Maybe you’ve told yourself you’re going to set a less hectic pace for 2013. That’s where simply sensational recipes like Chocolate Covered Cherry Pie come in. This pie lets you enjoy the flavors of chocolate-dipped cherries, without all the work of dipping the cherries in chocolate. All you have to do is make the filling—a combination of firm silken tofu, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, frozen dark sweet cherries and nondairy whipped topping— in a food processor. Pour the filling into a prepared graham cracker of chocolate wafer cookie crust and chill.
• Perhaps you’ve promised to reward yourself for all your hard work. If so, the Chocolate Mint Frozen Soy Sunshine recipe should be one of those rewards. Its ingredients include soy creamer, chocolate soymilk, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla soy yogurt, and chocolate syrup, mint extract and chocolate wafers. This soy ice cream is layered in bowls with crushed chocolate wafers, and then the dessert is frozen. Garnish with chocolate soynuts and a fresh mint leaf just before serving.
For more recipes and information about why eating soyfoods makes good sense, visit The Soyfoods Council website at 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.