The Everyday Joys of Soy
(Family Features) - If you want to improve your diet by adding healthy foods, now may be the perfect time to try something new, something soy. April is National Soyfoods Month, and finding delicious soy-based foods has never been easier.
"Soyfoods can be a part of any healthy, well-balanced diet because they are full of high-quality protein that is low in saturated fat, full of nutrients, and cholesterol-free," said Patricia Greenberg, The Fitness Gourmet.
Greenberg offers these tips for enjoying soyfoods all day long:
- For creamier oatmeal, replace half the cooking water with vanilla soymilk.
- Slice veggie sausage links into scrambled eggs or breakfast casserole.
- Top English muffins with soynut butter, bananas and cinnamon.
- Make a better BLT with soy-based bacon strips.
- Add steamed edamame beans to soups and salads.
- Go for the veggie burger - and be sure to add all your favorite condiments.
- Thicken creamy sauces, soups, and dressings with pureed silken tofu.
- Blend shredded soy cheddar with regular cheese for tacos and quesadillas.
- Add sliced vegetarian sausage to Italian-style peppers or jambalaya.
- Carry single-serving containers of delicious chocolate soymilk for on-the-go snacks.
- Make your own trail mix with roasted soynuts, dried fruits and bite-sized whole grain cereal.
- Carry soy and fruit bars in your purse or backpack for emergency snack attacks.
Savvy shoppers be ready, there are going to be a variety of soyfood promotions running all April. Get familiar with where your grocery store stocks these products and you are sure to find a bargain.
- Soy Cheese: In refrigerated cases with dairy and juice products, in the produce section, and in the health food or natural food aisles.
- Soymilk: Soymilk comes in two forms; one needs to be refrigerated and can be found in the refrigerated section. Shelf-stable soymilk can be found in the health food section, the cereal aisle, or near other shelf-stable beverages.
- Tofu: Tofu comes in many forms: firm, silken-style, sprouted, high protein and baked tofu, found in in the refrigerated meat section, produce section or natural foods section. Shelf-stable silken tofu can be found in the Asian food section or in the natural food aisles.
- Meat Alternatives: Meat alternatives, such as veggie burgers, soy sausage, soy crumbles and edamame, can be found in the freezer section. Edamame may also be found in the fresh produce section.
- Soy Desserts: Soy desserts, including soy frozen yogurt and soy toppings, can be found in the refrigerated section or in the freezer aisle.
To learn more about specific soyfoods and discover delicious ways to celebrate National Soyfoods Month, visit www.soyfoodsmonth.org. Or follow the Soyfoods Association of North America on Twitter @socialSANA.