LINCOLN, Neb– April is National Soyfoods Month, and Nebraska soybean farmers encourage their neighbors to explore ways to incorporate all the benefits of adding soy to their families’ diets along with soy-fed beef, pork, and poultry products.
Karen Brokaw has contracted with the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) for the past 15 years to promote soyfoods and says she has seen a tremendous growth in consumer acceptance. “There are definitely more soy products on the market today than there were when I started,” Brokaw says. “A lot of folks are looking for ways to start living a healthier lifestyle and soy can be a big part of that.”
Brokaw and her “Bean Team” members travel to grocery stores in Lincoln, Omaha and Grand Island to promote soyfoods during the month of April. The Bean Team always features a soy recipe for shoppers to try and can answer questions they may have about soy.
Soy is a complete protein that is packed with B vitamins and low in saturated fat. Incorporating soyfoods is an easy way to contribute to a heart-healthy diet and they have been proven to help lower bad cholesterol.
Brokaw said that when she visits grocery stores, most people are surprised by the taste. “I think a lot of people believe that eating healthy comes at the expense of flavor but with soy, that’s simply not the case. Whether it’s tossing edamame in a soup or on your salad, using black soybeans in your favorite salsa, or substituting tofu for some of the cream cheese in your favorite recipes, there are countless ways to start adding soy to your diet.”
You can access the Bean Team’s schedule, as well as many of their featured soy recipes on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beanteam.
The Nebraska Soybean Board encourages you to celebrate Soyfoods Month this April, which is why they want you to have the resources to get started. You can find many delicious recipes at www.nebraskasoybeans.org/soyfoods or watch one of NSB’s nearly 20 featured soy cooking videos at www.vimeo.com/soyrecipes.
Happy Soyfoods Month, and remember, eat well, eat soy!