Need an energy boost? When I’m craving a candy bar but want to make a healthier choice, I grab some homemade Soy Power Honey Peanut Butter Energy Bites (recipe below). If you like peanut butter and honey, you’re going to love these power-packed, no-bake treats, just in time for Soyfoods Month in April.
Since I’m on the road a lot for my job, I love to take these Soy Power Honey Peanut Butter Energy Bites along for a convenient, no-guilt snack. In my last batch of Energy Bites, I had the chance to include some fabulous wildflower honey from Iowa’s own Amana Colonies, a food lover’s dream destination. http://www.amanacolonies.com/
I also love supporting a locally-grown product, since Iowa is America’s leading soybean producer. Did you know soyfoods provide the only plant-based complete protein, which contains all essential amino acids just like animal protein? Unlike many other protein sources, soyfoods are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, too.
Soy Power Honey Peanut Butter Energy Bites
1¼ cup old fashioned oats
3 tablespoons shredded coconut
½ cup almonds, cashews or nuts of your choice, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds or flax seeds
1 scoop soy protein powder
½ cup honey
2/3 cup dried apricots (chopped) or dried cherries, blueberries, or cranberries
½ cup peanut butter
In a medium bowl combine the oats, coconut, chopped nuts, sunflower seeds and soy protein powder. Stir until well distributed. Add the honey, dried fruit and peanut butter. Stir well. Chill mixture for about 20 to 30 minutes. Roll into rounded balls. (makes about 2 dozen)
Say yes to soy
While Iowa consistently ranks among the leading soybean-producing states in America, many Iowans didn’t grow up eating soyfoods. Some even wrinkle up their nose when soyfoods are mentioned.
It’s time to think beyond tofu, says Linda Funk, executive director of the Soyfoods Council.
“When it comes to soyfoods, first it’s why, then it’s how,” Linda told me. “People want to know why they should consider more soyfoods. Then they want to learn how to add them to their meals.”
Soy offers a nutritious, lean, complete protein that’s low in saturated fat, making it a great addition to a balanced diet. According to the Soyfoods Council, soy also provides:
Let’s get cooking
Making soyfoods part of a healthy lifestyle is simple. “It’s fun to ask, ‘How can I soy-ize’ more of my meals?’” says Linda, who noted that many soy products are located in the health section of local grocery stores.
For more recipes and soyfood information, visit the Soyfoods Council.
Copyright 2016 Darcy Maulsby