4 easy ways to incorporate soy protein isolates into your diet

Soy protein is derived from soybean meal which has been defatted and dehulled, before being processed into concentrates, flour, and isolates. Soy protein, even before processing, contain 60-70% protein. Once converted into an isolate, that can shoot as high as 90%, depending on the method involved.

Soy protein isolate has hundreds of applications in the food industry, but it can also be incorporated into your food regime at home, being a quick and efficient way to boost your daily protein intake. It comes as a powder, either plain or flavoured, and is easy to mix in as a thickening agent to most soups and sauces, or to combine with flour and other dry goods before use.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:.

Soy smoothies

The easiest treat in the world to make: just pour some flavoured soy protein isolate (vanilla works best) and blend it into some unsweetened soy milk. Throw in some of your favourite berries or stoned fruit like mangoes, peaches or apricots for a high-protein, high-flavour drink.

Protein porridge

Make up your porridge as usual, but mix in a couple of scoops soy protein isolate powder. To really beef it up, add some roasted soy nuts and chopped dates to give your porridge an extra infusion of protein, not to mention some different textures.

Macaroni and cheese

Soy protein isolate powder has the consistency of a fine-grade flour, and can be substituted for it in many recipes. Why not swap it for plain flour when making a basic cheese sauce? Melt 25g of butter, add the same amount of plain isolate, and mix in on the heat. Slowly add 500ml of milk, stirring continuously until it starts to boil. Simmer for ten minutes and add 50g of grated hard cheese, like parmesan or rogano, and let it melt it. Mix in your cooked pasta and, voila! A hearty, healthy meal, high in protein, and calcium.

Breakfast time

Sprinkle a spoonful of soy protein isolate on your cereal of a morning, before adding the milk. Not only will it give you an energy boost for the day, it’s also liable to keep you feeling full for longer.