This year, discover how easy it is to create your own chocolate treats to celebrate Valentine’s Day with recipes incorporating soyfoods. You already know that soyfoods are economical, convenient ingredients that are high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. In addition to their desirable taste, texture and nutrition profile, soyfoods may also lower heart disease risk. To learn about the health benefits, request the free brochure, Soyfoods and Your Health on The Soyfoods Council website. Think of soyfoods as a food of romance, too, because soyfoods and chocolate were made for each other.
• Buy chocolate-covered soy nuts or dark chocolate-covered edamame as snacks, or to create garnishes for cakes, sundaes and cream pies you serve at Valentine’s Day gatherings.
• Make easy Cocoa Cupcakes with ingredients you may already have on hand—extra-firm silken tofu, whole wheat flour, vanilla soymilk, cocoa powder, sugar and semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips. If you’re making mini cupcakes, use mini chocolate chips.
• Serve Chocolate-Covered Cherry Pie for a Valentine’s Day dessert. You can make this timesaving recipe in a food processor. The filling offers the flavors of chocolate-dipped cherries without all the work. Simply combine firm silken tofu, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, frozen dark sweet cherries and nondairy whipped topping. Pour the filling into a prepared chocolate wafer cookie crust or graham cracker crust and chill before serving.
• Share the chocolate experience with a new spin on classic brownies. Guilt-Free Brownies are made with black soybeans, soy flour, cocoa powder and brewed coffee. Nobody ever said you have to give up treats to eat more healthfully. These brownies are proof.
• Go for the layered look with the Chocolate Mint Frozen Soy Sunshine frozen dessert. This creation is a soy-based version of homemade ice cream layered in bowls with crushed chocolate wafers. All you need to create a memorable Valentine’s Day dessert are chocolate soymilk, soy creamer, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla soy yogurt, chocolate syrup, mint extract and chocolate wafers. Freeze the layered dessert. Before serving, top with chocolate soy nuts and a fresh mint leaf, if desired. Visit The Soyfoods Council website for Valentine’s Day recipes and information about why eating soyfoods makes good sense. You’ll find more health and nutrition information, instructional videos and cooking tips, too. Bookmark the site and visit it often: 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.