With April in full swing, spring is finally here and so is National Soyfoods Month! If you’re trying to enjoy more “Meatless Mondays” then you’ve probably already tried some delicious foods like edamame, tofu and soy milk to help you to get more protein while not eating meat.
Packed with protein and fiber, soyfoods are an easy way to reduce calories, cholesterol and saturated fat. They also serve as a great source of iron, calcium, vitamin B-12, magnesium and zinc. This Very Berry Smoothie makes a fun snack and is a is a good alternative for those with dairy allergies.
Very Berry Smoothie
- 1 cup WESTSOY® Organic Plus Plain Soymilk
- 1 cup mixed berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
- 1 medium banana
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide between 2 tall, chilled glasses and enjoy right away.
Another delish dish is this Edamame Hummus with baked pita chips and fresh veggies which will keep you going all afternoon.
- 2 cups edamame, shelled and cooked according to package directions
- ¼ cup soybean oil
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon garlic, chopped
- ¾ teaspoon cumin, ground
- ½ teaspoon salt
Puree edamame, oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt in food processor for 30 seconds, scraping sides twice, until almost smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with pita triangles, crackers, baguette or raw vegetables.
Yield: 2 cups. Per 16-2 tablespoon serving: 60 calories, 5 g fat (0 g sat fat), 2 g protein (2 g soy protein), 3 g carbohydrate, 90 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 1 g dietary fiber.
To celebrate soyfoods, our friends at the Soyfoods Association of North America are giving away a variety of soy products to ONE lucky winner! The package will include goodies like soymilk, soy nuts and SOYJOY bars. To enter, leave a comment or on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite soyfood. Good luck!