The 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.
Antioxidants in Soy Help Keep You Healthy
While the flu is expected to hit hard this year, soyfoods also provide antioxidants to help ward off illness and let you stay active. Beyond the common cold and flu, research shows that antioxidants such as those in soyfoods may help prevent more serious diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
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!