These crispy baked tofu tacos are a must-try. Find the recipe on this website.

Soy is from the legume family. It is the one of the only plant-based protein that is considered a “complete protein source” – meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our body needs. Soy items are edamame, tofu, tempeh, miso, soy milk and various processed items.

Along with protein, soy provides our bodies with Fiber, B Vitamins, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Fermented soy products like tempeh and miso may sound more familiar as they have become more of a trend recently. These items contain probiotics – live microorganisms intended to provide health benefits to our gut flora. Ooo so fancy. I’m here for it.

Maintaining a healthy gut is not only key for our digestion, but also our immunity, mood, weight management, blood sugar control, allergies, metabolism, hormone regulation, nutrient absorption, and much more. — See more about pro and prebiotics on this post here .

Many people are weary of eating soy products. Rumor has been… soy increases production of estrogen, causing an increased risk for hormonal cancers. Many factors are involved in this debate. What we have come to find is that , soy is actually a very nutrient-dense food item and safe to consume various times per week. More research is finding a positive correlation with including soy as an alternative protein option. The organic, natural forms of soy actually bind to the estrogen receptor, preventing your own estrogen from binding, thus resulting in a lower estrogen-like impact in our body. We are seeing soy can positively lower rate of Breast Cancer as well as Heart Disease and Obesity.

The most important aspect when consuming soy is the quality. It is essential to be consuming organic products. Note: organic means non-gmo, non-gmo does not mean organic. There are many processed items out there. These are more responsible for increasing our risk of chronic diseases. Consume these items minimally, in moderation.

You can purchase frozen steam-able edamame for a side dish or as an afternoon snack; try experimenting with tofu in a stir fry, crispy tofu tacos, tofu scramble or tempeh chorizo. Extra spices for flavor here.

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