Soy Protein Sources

Soy protein is growing in popularity; as a result more and more soy protein products are making it to the shelves of grocery stores. Try any of these soy products to get your fill of this healthy source of protein.

Soy Beans
You can eat soy beans in several different ways. Edamame is delicious steamed and eaten in the pod, or it is good when ground with chickpeas into hummus or tossed in a salad. Try eating dried soy beans, also known as soy nuts, with dried cranberries for a tasty snack or add soy beans to a stew or soup.

Tofu
Tofu is delicious when battered and fried, used as a ground beef substitute in burgers or chili, or cooked in stir fry with mixed vegetables. Always press your tofu between a couple paper towels before cooking to remove excess moisture and improve texture.

Soy Milk
Soy milk comes in a variety of flavors, including vanilla, plain, chocolate and strawberry. You can replace milk with soy milk for cereal or drinking.

Tempeh
Tempeh is a versatile meat substitute that can even be made to look like the meat it is replacing. Tempeh is great when baked, grilled, fried or added to stews. Flavor your tempeh with teriyaki sauce, steak sauce or other seasonings.

Soy Flour
Use soy flour when baking. It has a slightly different consistency from wheat flour, so you may want to mix it half and half with your white or wheat flour, or you may want to experiment with other flour blends, such as arrowroot, corn meal, rice flour or oat flour.

Soy Protein Bars
Soy protein bars come in a myriad of flavors. You can choose from chocolate to peanut butter to fruit and oat mixtures. Soy protein bars will fuel your body with long-lasting energy.

Frozen Tofu
Frozen tofu looks like, feels like and tastes like ice cream or frozen yogurt, but it is made from tofu instead of dairy products.

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