Soy has become very popular and is being used in many food products including smoothies. Soy smoothies are not only good beverages, they are also great alternatives for lactose intolerant people. Because soy now comes in many forms including the ones that can be used in smoothie recipes, it is becoming a big choice in smoothie ingredients. With soy milk, soy yogurt, soy creamers, soy powder, and soy ice cream, many different soy smoothies can be created that taste great. Soy smoothies will usually contain one or more of these soy products combined with regular smoothie ingredients like fruits.
Health Benefits of Soy Smoothie
Soy is starting to become more popular as more people are concerned about their health and are trying to diet or manage their food intake. Soy contains protein and all the essential amino acids that the body needs for many daily functions. This allows soy to be a replacement for other fatty protein sources like meat. Soy has also been associated with a healthier heart, lowering bad cholesterol, and other possible health benefits. Soy smoothies can also be used in a dieting regimen as a good source of protein without as much fat. Other high antioxidant ingredients can be combined with soy smoothies for extra benefits. The continual study of soy is producing more possible health benefits of soy. For continuing information on soy and soy health research, visit the FDA for an unbiased site or www.talksoy.com for a biased but still very informative site.
Fruity Soy Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup cherries (pitted)
1 cup of soy milk
1/2 cup soy yogurt
Blend all the fruits with the soy milk and soy yogurt until a smooth texture is formed. The fruits should provide enough of a taste to mix well with the milk and yogurt.
Ice cream Soy Smoothie Recipe
For people on the run, there are packaged soy smoothie drinks that are ready to go. Also, for soy health benefits with buying quickly perishable products, add powdered soy supplements.
1/2 cup strawberries
1 large peach, sliced and pitted
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup soy ice cream
Blend the banana with the soy milk on high speed for 1 minute. Add the soy ice cream, strawberries, and peach and continue blending for an additional 30 seconds. Smoothie should be smooth and creamy with small peach and strawberrie pieces.