Chill out: Soyfoods help you enjoy the summer with fruity recipes that won’t heat up your kitchen. On its website, The Soyfoods Council offers a wealth of ideas—summery recipes that embody the winning combination of cool and convenient. Here are a half dozen family-friendly suggestions combining fruit with the protein punch of soy.
• Silky Cranberry Cherry Freeze Pops are an ideal way to celebrate summer. Keep them in the freezer for a dairy-free treat that kids will love. The ingredients include soft silken tofu, soy cream cheese, canned whole berry cranberry sauce, maraschino cherries, fresh-squeezed orange juice, crushed pineapple and non-dairy whipped topping.
• The Berry Secret Smoothie (fresh spinach is the “secret”) is a combination of fresh or frozen berries, orange juice, fresh spinach and vanilla soymilk, made in a blender.
• Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothies are a meal in a glass. In a blender, combine fresh strawberries and fresh peeled kiwi with soymilk and ice cubes. If desired, add fresh banana. Top the blended drink with six almonds.
• The Silken Shake is a satisfyingly cool drink with firm silken tofu, cranberry juice, vanilla, sugar and slices of your favorite fresh fruits, including strawberries, peaches and pears.
• Yogurt Iced Power Bites offer 3 grams of protein each, thanks to the addition of Textured Soy Protein (TSP). These are a great snack after a day of swimming or hiking. Ingredients include unsweetened applesauce, TSP baked with honey, old-fashioned oats, creamy peanut butter and a dash of cinnamon. The Power Bites are shaped into 1-inch balls, drizzled with an icing mixture of Greek yogurt, powdered sugar and a bit of butter, then stored in the freezer in a container. Serve chilled.
• Papaya-Strawberry Smoothies provide an ideal breakfast-on-the go for the family. In a blender, combine papaya pieces, a can of papaya nectar, a 12-ounce drained package of soft silken tofu and a cup of fresh strawberries. The recipe serves four.
For more seasonal recipes and resource information about why soyfoods make sense for your family’s health, 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.