(NC) - Consume fewer calories. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Include lean protein. For some consumers, this is a flexitarian diet, one that includes some meat but more often than not, more plant-based proteins.
Dr. Alison Duncan, University of Guelph nutritionist, agrees with the flexitarian philosophy as a researcher of soy in a balanced diet and soy's role in helping prevent heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Just 25 grams of soy per day offers a host of benefits, not the least of which is helping to prevent heart disease. Research has shown that soy offers health benefits at every stage of life.
'I serve soy products regularly for my family,' says Duncan. Fridays are pizza days at our house, and we always use soy pepperoni slices. Soy-based veggie meatballs with pasta and sauce are another favorite for quick meals.
Here are more ideas for versatile and healthy meals in minutes, from www.soyforlife.ca.
Lasagna al Forno
The Bolognese-style sauce in this lasagna includes a low-fat soy protein punch.
Grilled Chipotle Soy Skewers
This quick, nutritious meal for two can be on and off the grill in minutes.