If your kids’ cravings for junk food are wearing you out, take heart. A variety of kid-friendly products are available in most supermarkets, such as chocolate soymilk and soy non-dairy frozen desserts. Eating soyfoods during childhood has been shown to promote growth and boost bone health. The best part is that, even though soyfoods are healthy and nutritious, your child will love the taste and never know the difference!
Switch to Healthy Snacks
Soyfoods are rich in the nutrients kids need and can be used to meet the daily meat, dairy, or vegetable recommendations in new and novel ways. Did you know finding healthy snack options is one of the primary approaches used to find solutions to childhood obesity? Try substituting roasted soybeans, plain or yogurt covered, for peanuts. Fruit soy smoothies, made with fortified soymilk or soy yogurt, are a fun way to help ensure proper calcium intake.
Soy for Life
Soyfoods can help children learn healthy eating patterns early on and reap health benefits throughout life.
Soyfoods like veggie-burgers and soy cream cheese are lower in saturated fats, cholesterol, and calories than meat and dairy products made with whole milk. Foods low in fat, high in fiber, protein and other important nutrients, like soyfoods, can help children get the nutrition they need without excess calories. See?Meeting the Goal with Soy for ideas on meeting the Dietary Guidelines, and?MyPyramid for Kids for more information on healthy eating and fun physical activity to promote healthy weights.
Soyfoods bring variety to children who have certain food allergies or choose soy for cultural reasons. Children who are lactose intolerant, or allergic to milk protein, can pour soymilk over cereal or enjoy soy non-dairy frozen desserts. Children with peanut and nut allergies can try a soy nut butter and jelly sandwich or roasted soy nuts as a snack. Even soy chips can be a treat for kids with wheat allergies! It should be noted that less than 1% of children have allergies to soy and that soy allergens occur less frequently than other allergens. Most kids out grow soy allergies.
Exciting research links consumption of soyfoods during childhood and adolescence with stronger bones and a lower incidence of breast cancer in later years for women. And maintaining a healthy weight throughout life can help protect against heart disease, diabetes, and several types of cancer.
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