Discover the Benefits of Soy Foods
April is National Soy Foods Month. Soy foods are made from soybeans, a legume, named so because it grows in pods containing seeds or “beans.” Soybeans are an excellent source of high-quality protein, making foods made with soybeans a great protein source for people following a strict vegetarian diet.
These are just some of the benefits of soy according to the Cleveland Clinic:
- Eating soy is a great way to increase your plant protein. Research indicates that including more plant protein in your diet has clear cardiovascular benefits, such as lowering blood pressure.
- Soy foods are naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat.
- Eating soy-based foods is a great way to boost your fiber intake.
- Soy foods are a good source of polyunsaturated fat which has a number of heart health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol.
- Soy foods contain omega-3 fats, essential polyunsaturated fats. Omega-3 fats are linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Today, there are so many new soy-based products available in grocery stores. Try these frozen and refrigerated products and recipes to boost the soy in your diet.
- With grilling season fast approaching, plant-based Burger Patties look, cook and taste just like beef.
- Use soy milk to make this Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa for a creamy, delicious, gluten-free way to start the day.
- Make Meatless Monday extra tasty by adding Italian Sausage Style Crumbles to your favorite pasta dish.
- Perfect for any fiesta, Loaded Avocados with Chipotle Crema are stuffed with goodness.
- Tantalize your taste buds while getting an extra boost of protein with this Vegetable Pad Thai.
- Satisfy your chocolate craving with a glass of Chocolate Soymilk.
- For easier dinner clean-up. make One Pot Spaghetti and “Meatballs” starring meatballs made from soy and pea proteins.
- There’s no guilt with these easy, delicious, and crispy Seven Grain Chick’n Tenders.
- For breakfast on-the-go, heat up a Sausage, Egg & Cheese Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich that contains 15g of protein.
- Two great tastes in this Chili Mac & Cheese combine for a perfectly spiced organic meal!
- So creamy and scrumptious, you’ll never know this Dairy Free Raspberry Yogurt is made with soy.
- Baked Coconut Tofu features marinated tofu tossed in crunchy shredded coconut–yum!
- When you need a tasty meal or portable snack try these Plant-Based Philly Cheesesteak Pocket Pie.
- Be your own barista at home with a refreshing Vanilla Iced Latte!
- Delicious soybeans-in-the-shell, or Edamame, have long been a popular snack. Just toss with sesame oil and salt.
- For an oh-so smooth, dairy-free treat, Creamy Vanilla Soymilk Dessert is a quart of deliciousness.
- Satisfy your pizza craving with a plant-based supreme, pepperoni or meat lovers pizza!
- Your family will come running to the breakfast table when you serve up these Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Yogurt Waffles.
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