Power Foods for Power Shopping
Shopping this holiday season can be hectic and stressful, and large crowds and long lines can wear anyone out. Instead of fueling up with fast food that can weigh you down, pack some protein-rich and filling soy snacks that will do more than just give you an extra boost of energy.
Soy is wonderfully versatile and can be incorporated into almost anything. Get geared up the Friday morning after Thanksgiving or anytime with a breakfast soy smoothie or a soy muffin. Keep a SOYJOY® bar in your car or purse for a midmorning snack. Each bar has 140 calories, 4 grams of protein and 2-4 grams of fiber in delicious flavors, such as strawberry, apple walnut, blueberry and mango coconut. Soynuts are another great snack and can be found in a variety of flavors, like ranch, garlic, yogurt and chocolate, and are great to munch on throughout the day. One-fourth cup contains around 136 calories, 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Try adding soynuts to your favorite trail mix or chex mix recipe and take it with you on your shopping adventures.
Not only will soy keep you full for fewer calories, but it has other health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease as it can lower “bad” cholesterol and maintains “good” cholesterol. New research indicates that young girls who consume 1 to 2 servings of soy per day may reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 50 percent later in life. So have some trail mix in your purse or shopping bag for when you or your kids need that extra energy to go to the next store for bargains!
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.
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Linda Funk, Executive Director
The Soyfoods Council
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