You might remember that earlier this summer I launched a series of videos with the Soy Foods Association of North America that aimed to show how soy can be a nutritious part of your eating plan — no matter what your age or activity level.
I’m thrilled to announce that TODAY the second video, titled The Benefits of Soyfoods for Energetic Kids, launches and shares tips for how to incorporate plant-based protein like soy into meals and snacks to fuel your active child.
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Here’s a press release that appeared today on CNBC.com that includes a quote from yours truly!
Food and nutrition expert Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, ACSM HFS encourages parents to serve nutrient rich and calorie wise soyfoods as dinner and snack options for regaining energy after an active day. “Soy veggie tacos could be a quick and healthy dinner for families. Low-fat soymilk is a nourishing recovery drink after sports for your ‘all-star’ in training,” said Scritchfield.
As a plant-based protein, soyfoods are a great choice for kids. Soy is easily digested, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and are comparable to beef, milk, eggs, and fish as quality sources of protein. Some studies have even shown that if you start eating them when you’re young that they can help prevent some forms of breast cancer.
Here’s a recipe I shared in the video that’s quick, easy, and family-friendly:
Easy Veggie Tacos
- 1 tsp soybean oil (vegetable oil)
- 1-2 cups soy crumbles
- 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 diced onion
- 1 diced bell pepper
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 diced tomato
- chopped lettuce
- low-fat cheese
- taco shells
Saute the diced onions in the soybean oil until translucent. Add the soy crumbles and heat throughout. Then add the taco seasoning (follow the package instructions). Once combined, assemble your taco and add toppings like tomato, pepper, black beans, lettuce and cheese.
Snackin’ on Soy — Some Other Kid-Friendly Ideas
Fresh or dried edamame or honey roasted soy nuts can be a great alternative to traditional “salty” snack foods. Soy nut butter can be a way to shake up the traditional “ants on a log” — top celery sticks with soy nut butter and raisins. To satisfy a sweet tooth try low fat chocolate soy milk. It’s especially great after a long practice or sports game to help athletes repair and build muscle.
I hope you enjoy these videos — the next one will be out in a few months so stay tuned! What are some of your favorite ways to get soy protein? How have you introduced soyfoods to your kids?
Disclosure: I was compensated for my work creating the videos with the Soy Foods Association of North America, but I was not compensated for writing this blog post or any related tweets announcing the “Energetic Kids” video.