Soy foods are quite popular amongst health conscious people. Soy is extremely high in protein content; it aids in lowering the cholesterol level and controls blood pressure. Soy also helps in easing the symptoms of menopause. These are just some of the benefits which make soy an essential food to be included in your daily diet. Here are few simple ways to add more of soy into your diet.
Simple ways to include more soymilk in your diet
The benefits of soymilk are easily matched with that of cow’s milk in terms of nutrient content (carbohydrates, protein and calcium as well as calories), but it has half the amount of sugar in it. Try to substitute the milk in your tea or coffee with soymilk, you will experience a slight change of taste but will soon get used to it. Soymilk is especially good for people with lactose intolerance. Soymilk is now available in various flavors and tastes wonderful when served chilled. Use soymilk for making shakes, with cornflakes or even while making milk based foods for your meals. Powdered soymilk is quite easily available and more preferred as it can be preserved in the deep-freezer for longer time.
Add Miso to your soup
Miso is a thick paste made from soured soybeans and barleycorn or rice malt. It is quite popular in Japan. Miso is primarily used as a soup base. Just mix one spoonful of miso in your soup for the health benefits. Miso is an excellent source of vitamin E essential for the good health of the skin and hair. It is also rich in dietary fibers and good for the stomach. Miso is also used for flavoring and in marinades.
Eat more veggies, eat green soybeans
The best way to get the benefits of soy is be adding green soybeans in your diet. Boiled, steamed or stir fried, you can eat soybean as you please. The soybeans are rich in proteins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and B2, calcium as well as dietary fibers. Use soybeans in vegetable soups and salads.
If you do not enjoy green soybeans then for a change try natto. Natto are fermented brown soybeans, a popular breakfast meal in Japan. It is believed that natto prevents blood clots and wards off coronary attacks and strokes because of the presence of an enzyme called natttokinase in it. Some people find the flavor of natto quite strong, hence adding it in soups is the next best option.
Learn recipes with tofu as an ingredient
Tofu is cheese like food made of curdled soybean milk. It is quite popular in Asian countries. Tofu is primarily used in the Chinese and Japanese cuisines. It is used in various forms such as raw, fried, pressed, dried or soured. If you are not familiar with Chinese or Japanese cooking, then you can still enjoy the soy benefits from tofu in various ways. An easy way to cook tofu is by making mashed tofu quite similar to scrambled eggs. Simply mash and scramble tofu with curry flavorings and chopped onions for a nutritious breakfast filled with protein. And if you are fond of Chinese cuisine then why not learn few dishes which include tofu as an ingredient.
Many people have switched to the soy way of healthy life; it’s neither too late for you to make this healthy change.