Soy Offers Endless Plant-Based Possibilities to Meet Healthy Goals

by Meghan Malka

Healthy holidays gift imageThe holiday season is here, and all the festivities are sure to pack your schedule with shopping, cooking, entertaining, and even travel. While trips to the gym may be less frequent, and treats are everywhere, soyfoods can help you resist the urge to over-indulge during the holidays and keep you on track to meeting your wellness goals. Soyfoods can help on many fronts, including boosting energy, improving heart health, and providing antioxidants.

The Soyfoods Association of North America has released a video on the Benefits of Soyfoods for Active Adults demonstrating how soyfoods can help you stay fit and healthy.

Yes, Soyfoods are Safe

In the video, nutrition and fitness expert Rebecca Scritchfield, RD shares her view that “stories in the media have some people confused over soy.  The truth is men, women and children can consume soyfoods safely.”  In fact, not only are soyfoods safe, they provide important benefits to adults trying to stay active.  Scritchfield continues, “Soyfoods are good for your heart. The FDA has approved a health claim that states eating 25 grams of soy protein a day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”  In addition, eating soyfoods, especially when begun at a young age, is showing benefits in breast cancer prevention.

Endless Possibilities to Enjoy Soyfoods

Bringing healthier foods to the table can be easier – and more delicious – than you might think. When you incorporate soyfoods, the only complete, plant-based protein, you open up the door to a wide variety of tasty and nutritious meals.

Start the day with soy “yogurt,” soymilk, or soy breakfast links to fuel your day of gift shopping, and provide high-quality protein without excess fat. When it’s time to take a break from holiday decorating, have some steamed edamame or roasted soynuts for a low-sodium snack that is also a good source of fiber and will help keep you full.

As you create the menu for the holiday party or meal, try using soyfoods in the appetizers and entrees, they can help create dishes higher in protein and lower in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat. The holidays would not be complete without tasty treats, but they don’t have to throw off your wellness goals. Using soy cream cheese, silken tofu, or soymilk in creamy desserts are great ways to boost protein and reduce fat content.

Take some time to enjoy this festive season with the ones you love and relax with a holiday beverage – like soy nog!

 

Featured Soyfoods

Silk Seasonal Nog SoymilkSoyatoo Soy Whip ToppingTry some delicious Silk Soy Nog this holiday season! Or top off your pies and desserts with Soy Whip topping from Soyatoo

 

 

 

Recipes

Nog Cake with Spiced Rum Glaze from SilkNog Cake with Spiced Rum Glaze from Silk

 

 

 

Tofu Stuffed Mushrooms from House FoodsTofu Stuffed Mushrooms from House Foods

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Meghan.  I have a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina and I will soon acquire the Registered Dietitian license.  So you could say I am an “RD to be.”  You can be sure that all of the information here is based on scientific research and in line with the recommendations of national health organizations and agencies.  We bring you the science, connect you to the recipes and so let us know what you like and what you want to know.

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