|100% ORGANIC SOY is the BEST type to use.|
Hello Healthy Ones!
I've become a little frustrated with our local supermarkets and their choices for non-dairy milks. For many years, I have been using a 100% Organic soy milk in my coffee and for making home-made yogurt. There are at least two brands from which I have great results in my milk frother (think Matcha Lattes and Flat Whites but without all the sugar from Starbucks!) and for rich, creamy yogurt, without all the sugar and fillers, thickeners, etc. from grocery store brands. These seemed to be readily available pretty much anywhere, even Winn Dixie, up until now.
|AVOID refined and processed anything, especially SOY products!|
|Check out these ingredients!! Doesn't get any simpler!|
Yesterday, I made a special trip to our local Natural Foods Market, and even they have stopped carrying soymilk of all kinds. The own says he "can't even give it away." WAAAAH!
Well, I've started to suspect people are shifting from soy milk to nut milk because of all the bad press soy receives, and then, the universe sent me a little positive reinforcement from Dr. Neal Barnard which I wanted to share with all of you. I'm not sure if it will bring my favorite brands of soymilk back on to the shelves in our local markets BUT, maybe it will help alleviate some of the UNFOUNDED fears surrounding SOY and SOY PRODUCTS. I will share Dr. Barnard's recent blog post below, as well as some other tips on smart us of SOY.
1. Soy for Cancer Prevention and Survival: studies have shown repeatedly that eating soy is beneficial in preventing and surviving cancer of the Breast, Colon, Lung & Prostate.
2.Consuming Soy Products may reduce the risk of Fibroids.
3.Reduces Inflammation:Eat more vegetable protein, especially from beans in general and soybeans in particular. Become familiar with the range of whole-soy foods available and find ones you like.
4. Soy is a COMPLETE Protein containing all nine amino acids needed by our bodies, but without the ability to create cancer-promoting compounds as animal proteins do, when heated at high temperatures. Studies show that grilling vegetables, fruits and soy products do not yield HCAs.
5. Soy consumption lowers cholesterol: Besides being a great source of complete protein which does not form cancer-causing compounds while cooking, soy products do not contain cholesterol. I know what you are thinking - eating cholesterol does not impact your total dietary cholesterol. Well, that is not true. Eating a low-fat, vegan diet from a variety of whole plant foods, including soy, and other beans/legumes has been proven to reduce cholesterol dramatically. Have you ever had your cholesterol tested after eating high cholesterol foods? Your cholesterol goes up...
If you are concerned, be sure to avoid or at least limit refined or processed anything, including foods which contain them, especially Soy derivatives such as Soy Protein Isolate, Soybean oils, or anything with GMO Soy.
Stick to 100% Organic Soy products. Fermented soy products such as TEMPEH, MISOS, NATTO and TAMARI are beneficial as are TOFU, & EDAMAME, If you are on a path to lose weight, consider the fat content of some soy products and use accordingly. Soy has been known to help people safely GAIN WEIGHT.
For more on the benefits of Soy, read Dr. Barnard's recent blog post HERE.
Here is the recipe for I use for the best Soy Yogurt.
Soy – Cashew Non-Dairy Yogurt (courtesy Miyoko Schinner
· 4 c. 100 % PLAIN, UNSWEETENED organic soy milk
· 2/3 c. cashew pieces, soaked in water for 3 hours and drained (or do a 30 minute soak with boiling water)
· 3 T. plain, unsweetened nondairy yogurt (OR 1 pkg vegan yogurt starter OR 1/4 tsp probiotic powder)
- Put 1 cup of the soy milk and the cashews in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a heavy medium saucepan and stir in the remaining 3 cups of soy milk with a whisk.
- Warm over low heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture reaches 110 degrees F or until a few drop placed on the wrist feel slightly warm. Remove from the heat.
- Add the non-dairy yogurt (or starter) and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Pour into a clean 1 quart glass jar and cover. Let rest in a warm place for 4 - 8 hours, until set and the desired degree of tartness has been achieved.
- Refrigerate the yogurt; it will thicken even more as it cools.
- Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, Cashew Yogurt will keep for 1 to 2 weeks.