Soy: The Other White “Meat”

Hello sunshine! We’re not getting much sunshine here at the moment…there’s about to be a major thunderstorm out there! I don’t know about you, but I find thunderstorms so peaceful.

Stew and I have been on a soy kick lately. We’ve tried soy yogurt, soy milk, TVP, etc so tonight I thought I would throw a blurb out there about SOY! Ah yes, soy the magical bean! Yogis have advocated a vegetarian diet for ages as a way of practicing Ahimsa. Have you ever wondered why soy is used as a meat substitute, instead of say pintos or lima beans? Well, one of the best reasons is that its a “Complete Protein”! A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all of the nine essential amino acids for the human body. As far as I know, Soy and quinoa are the only non-meat complete proteins and since it’s plant based that means no cholesterol good for the Earth and good for your ticker too! Soy is just an all-around good little bean.

If you’re vegetarian, but you don’t fancy soy there are LOTS of other ways to get the elusive “complete protein”. Just combine incomplete proteins! Here’s a great link to a chart with incomplete combining tips. You’ll probably notice that you’ve already been combining incomplete proteins without realizing it.

Happy weekend! I hope you get your complete protein fix in today! If you’ve never tried soy, branch out and try a vegetarian/vegan recipe…let me know what you think!

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