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Soy Protein and Your Healthy Weight Loss Diet

March 18th, 2010 · No Comments

The recommended daily allowance for soy proteins is 25 grams. But in the U.S., not many people get that amount, if any. So how are you supposed to get what you need, and what foods, besides tofu, contain soy protein?
When it comes to increasing soy protein in the diet, most people just seem to think of tofu. While it is a versatile food, it is not the only source for soy protein. Other products on the market include Recipe Crumbles, Garden Burgers, and soy based meat patties. There are egg substitutes, soy yogurt and milk, and soy cheese. But did you ever think about other types of substitutes for dairy, eggs, and meat? Let me enlighten you…

First of all, let’s look at the various substitutes for meat. Aside from the tofu that most people first think about when they think about replacing meat, there are beans, nuts, and grains. Of course, if you were to look in the frozen foods and produce sections of your local supermarket, you would also see a variety of soy-based patties, ground burger substitutes, and breakfast items.

Yeah, but, how do you use those items in place of meat? Very good question…with the beans, you could imitate Taco Bell to some extent and put beans in your burritos and enchiladas. You could also use them in place of ground beef in your tacos. White beans make an excellent sandwich spread when mixed with various seasonings and flavorings.

Nuts are a great source of protein as well, and yet not too many people realize that they can be used in a variety of main dishes with very good results. For example, walnuts and/or almonds go very well in patties, such as Walnut and Oatmeal Cheese Patties.

Grains, when combined with a source of protein, such as tofu or eggs/egg substitute, is a complete source of nutrition. For example, you can make Tofu Oat Patties (see recipe below).

Tofu Oat Patties

1 cup quick oats

1 cup dry bread crumbs

1 12 oz. Package soft silken style tofu, pureed

1/4 cup wheat bran

2 Tbsp. Emeril’s Essence

1 Tbsp. Dill weed

Place dry ingredients in bowl and mix together. Place tofu in food processor and process until creamy. Add pureed tofu to dry ingredients in bowl, and mix until a soft to medium dough ball.

Form dough into balls, then flatten and place into hot pan and brown. When browned on both sides, place on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy, and a vegetable. Yummy! Serves 4-6.

Secondly, let’s look at substitutes for eggs. Sure, tofu can be used, but when baking or making an egg-based sauce, tofu doesn’t work very well. Egg Beaters, a famous egg substitute, and works very well in any recipe you would use real eggs in. With the egg substitute, the equivalent of one egg only contains 30 calories, and absolutely no cholesterol. Whereas a real egg contains 70 calories, and contains up to 200 mg or cholesterol! If you are making a meringue, Egg Beaters also carries an egg white substitute suitable for meringues.

Third, we will take a look at substituting products for most dairy products. Soy milk is very hard to get along with, so therefore, I have tried other products that would be nice to my taste buds. For a milk substitute, Almond Milk tastes the closest to dairy milk that I have found so far. It comes in three flavors, Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate, and can be used in recipes and on cereal, or whatever you use regular dairy milk in or with. It provides all the nutrients found in dairy milk, plus vitamin E and Iron, which are not found in any dairy milk I have found. And the original flavor has 20 calories less than skim milk! (Look for almond milk in the baking section of your local supermarket.)

Though I haven’t tried soy yogurt, mayonnaise, etc., let me just tell you about them. They can be found abundantly in whole food markets and sparingly in regular markets. There is a variety of products using soy protein, including cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and yogurt. If anyone has tried these, let me know what you think of them and how they worked in your recipes. (However, I still prefer dairy cheese because I don’t like the taste of soy cheese.)

One amazing product that I have discovered recently is Tofutti ice cream. It is made with tofu and other soy proteins, and has an amazing likeness to real ice cream. However, it has only a fraction of the calories of regular ice cream. For one whole pint, Tofutti ice cream contains the same amount of calories as one SERVING of regular ice cream!!!!! And if it tastes just as good as regular ice cream, why put extra calories into your body when you don’t need it? Besides, you are getting more soy protein as well as having a great treat!

So, if the new RDA of soy protein tells you to get 25 grams of protein in your diet, and you don’t know how to incorporate it without it being a struggle, consider the suggestions I have mentioned here. You won’t even know that you are eating something good for you!

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