If you’ve just made a New Year’s resolution to eat more healthfully in 2012, The Soyfoods Council can help. Soyfoods offer protein, and may help protect against heart disease. They’re low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. And yes, they have a direct cholesterol-lowering effect and contain isoflavones that may directly improve the health of the arteries as well. But that’s not why you’ll want to include them in your diet this year. Simply put, they fit your active lifestyle. Soyfoods are convenient and versatile ingredients.
Here are twelve ideas (one for every month) for incorporating soyfoods into your diet and making this year a delicious one.
- Introduce soy into casseroles by combining a mixture of half soy crumbles or TSP (Textured Soy Protein) and half ground beef, pork or turkey.
- For dips and spreads, a good guideline is to use half sour cream/half silken tofu.
- For desserts, make icings with a blend of half cream cheese/half silken tofu.
- Salad dressings made with pureed soft silken tofu offer the nutrition benefits of soyfoods. You can get started by trying the simple recipe for soy-based Ranch Dressing from The Soyfoods Council.
5. Smoothies made with soymilk are a healthful and delicious way to start the day.
Get out the blender and try the Berry Secret Smoothie. What is its secret? The smoothie blends fresh spinach, frozen berries, vanilla soymilk and orange juice. If you also made a resolution to eat more fruits and vegetables, this recipe will help.
6. Snacks soyfoods will give you a great energy boost any time of day. Choose from soy crisps, soy bars, soynuts in an assortment of flavors, or make your own trail mix with recipes offered by The Soyfoods Council.
7. Soymilk shakes or oatmeal made with vanilla soymilk are two simple ways to enjoy a serving of soyfoods.
8. Fuel up on freshness with fun-to-eat snacks like edamame steamed in the pod.
9. Cookies made with soy flour and other soy ingredients offer an improved nutrition profile. History buffs and chocolate chip cookie fans alike will want to try Henry Ford Chocolate Chip Soynut Cookies that incorporate soymilk, soy flour and roasted soynuts.
10. Guilt Free Brownies, with canned black soybeans and soy flour, live up to their name. In fact, The Soyfoods Council offers several easy brownie recipes.
11. Dips give you a great excuse to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Try the recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato Tofu Dip, made with silken tofu, soymilk, packaged Ranch seasoning mix and oil-packed sundried tomatoes.
12. Chili and other quick meals are easy when you stock canned soybeans and Textured Soy Protein in your pantry. Recipes from the Soyfoods Council include Soybean Chili and Three Bean Chili.
For these recipes and other healthful ideas, 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.