cute blog background

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Truth About Soy and Bonus Recipe for Protein Bars

Genesis 1:29
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

I know you all have heard all the bad things about soy and good things about soy, so which one is it? Let's go back to rule #1 in clean eating..if God made it, it's good for you. God made soy beans. They are meant to be eaten in their whole form and not to be processed in to something else or genetically modified. This (as with all foods) is where the problem begins.

Meet the edamame

Edamame is a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean, harvested at the peak of ripening right before it reaches the "hardening" time. The word Edamame means "Beans on Branches," and it grows in clusters on bushy branches. To retain the freshness and its natural flavor, it is parboiled and quick-frozen. In East Asia, the soybean has been used for over two thousand years as a major source of protein. Edamame is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, used in soup. As a snack, the pods are lightly boiled in salted water, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth with the fingers. This is the healthy form of soy.

When soy beans are processed, every healthy part is stripped away leaving you with SOY PROTEIN ISOLATES...these are little molecules of estrogen. This will get your hormones out of whack, help to increase the risk of breast cancer, causes girls to start periods at an earlier age, causes our boys and husbands to have increased breast tissue. AVOID THIS INGREDIENT at all costs.

Watch this little video is wonderful about telling how soy is broken down when processed and what it does. It also shows you bad forms and good forms of soy protein. Please watch's so informative!

Joseph runs track and plays soccer. He is our 13 year old. Sometimes he does that on the same day and is starving right after school before practice. I have been sending him with an apple and a Kind bar or some kind of organic protein bar daily. I checked the labels on them all...even organic and found this :

Do you see it?? The Soy Protein Isolate????

I have found that the "healthy snacks" aisle is responsible for more weight gain than the candy aisle. Most protein shakes and bars contain more sugar and fat than a bag of candy! They also all have soy protein isolate. The tricky part is that we think they are healthy because they came from the health food aisle. If you’re also trying to lose weight and stubborn body fat, you should run past this aisle.

There are a few bars out there without these ingredient in it...however Joseph doesn't like any of them. So I am making my own for him. What could be better?!?!

There are many healthy protein powders out there besides soy.. I choose to use cold-pressed whey that comes from milk and it has stevia instead of sugar. Other good ones are hemp and pea powders. It's the process that makes the difference on these. Anytime you heat up the products and process it, you strip it of the nutritional value and create issues. You will pay for high quality powders; just let me tell you, but I can't put a price on my family's health. It is actually more economical to make my own as these bars are expensive on this case.

Here is a recipe for you that I made for Joseph today:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar

  • 1 1/2 cups dry oatmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed, ground
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2-4 scoops protein powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter ( no other ingredients but peanuts)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (divided) mine or pictured below
  • 1/4 cup water

  • Mix all ingredients and half a cup of chocolate chips.... (mixture will be somewhat sticky). Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Melt the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on the stove or in the microwave. Drizzle or spread over the mixture in the pan.
    Place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Cut into 10 -12 bars and wrap in plastic wrap and/or foil and store in the freezer.
    Thaw slightly before serving.
    my protein powder found at kroger

    this only has peanuts or you can make your own as pictured below

    this is peanut butter made at ingles

    I cut mine with this super pampered chef thing..oh my so easy

    I am going to wrap these individually and store in fridge

    No comments:

    Post a Comment