Soymilk In Your Family's Diet
What caring, nurturing parent hasn't tried to introduce healthier foods into the family's daily trips to the refrigerator and back? And how often has the response been, "I don't like it. What is it?"
Where family members are concerned, especially children, there's often a resistance to trying something new. It's a power game that's based more on principle than actual taste. So perhaps a change in tactics is what's called for – one that's not about pleading with reluctant or picky eaters to try something new but instead gets them to eat the same things they've always enjoyed, only made with a new and healthier ingredient: soymilk. It's lower in fat than regular milk and has no cholesterol.
"Soy provides a healthy source of protein and nutrients," says Eugene Lye, brand economist of Vitasoy USA Inc. "Incorporating small amounts of soy into your child's diet helps them learn good nutritional habits and teaches them at an early age that they can eat healthier without changing the tastes of their favorite foods."
So where do you start? Here are some easy-to-make and easy-to-swallow ways that Vitasoy USA Inc. recommends introducing soymilk and other soy-related products into the daily family diet:
1. If your spouse likes milk or cream in his or her coffee, use soymilk instead. It has a rich consistency, and only the most sensitive palette can tell the difference as long as you keep the carton out of sight.
2. As for the kids, chocolate milk is chocolate milk. You can either use soymilk with a mix – adding an extra spoonful or two in the beginning to make it extra chocolaty – or you can simply buy chocolate-flavored soymilk. VITASOY makes both Regular and Light varieties.
3. Soymilk makes just as delicious a pudding as cow's milk. No one can tell the difference.
4. There's nothing like a rich, creamy salad dressing, but traditional ones are high in fat and calories. In fact, some salads are more fattening than ice cream when diners are too liberal with the dressing. NASOYA makes soy-based Vegi-Dressings that are just as rich and creamy as regular dressings but lower in fat and cholesterol free. Favorite flavors like Thousand Island and Italian taste as good if not better than the regular brands.
5. You can also find NASOYA's soy-based mayonnaise alternative at the supermarket. Nayonaise has the same consistency as ordinary mayonnaise and the same creamy, slightly tangy taste. It makes a great tuna fish salad and, for that matter, potato, chicken or Waldorf salad.
6. There are many recipes for breads, muffins and biscuits that call for whole milk. Use soymilk instead. It behaves the same as cow's milk in the oven and will lower the fat and cholesterol level of your finished product.
7. Macaroni and cheese is already high in fat before you add the milk thanks to the cheese. Try using a lower-fat cheese and soymilk instead of cow's milk. Add a little extra salt, just a pinch. You can also use soymilk in the mac 'n cheese mixes you buy in a box.
8. Whether you're using canned soup or making it from scratch, using soymilk as a base will give it a creamy richness. For extra thick soup, put it in the blender while it's still hot and add a couple of tablespoons of NASOYA silken tofu. Soymilk also makes a good alternative base for "white" chowders.
9. Frozen soymilk pops are a great snack. Make a fruit smoothie and then pour it into freezer pop molds.
10. Soymilk is delicious in breakfast cereal. Let it sit with your child's favorite cereal for a minute or two before serving so the flavors mingle.
Keep in mind that soymilk comes in different varieties and it's important to find the one that blends with your family's taste preferences best. VITASOY offers a full range of both aseptic (shelf-stable) and refrigerated soymilks in a variety of formulas and flavors.
You'll have more success getting the family to eat healthier by making favorite dishes with healthier ingredients rather than trying to change everyone's tastes. You get what you want: a healthier diet for everyone. And they get what they want: Everything looks and tastes the same as before.