Ankeny, Iowa, November 22, 2021— When you stock up on holiday pantry items for the busiest season of the year, don’t forget shelf-stable Tetra Pak cartons of soymilk. Having dairy-free soy eggnog, unsweetened soymilk, vanilla soymilk and chocolate soymilk on hand makes it so easy to add plant protein to your seasonal drink offerings. The Soyfoods Council offers tips that can simplify seasonal drinks and jump-start your own creativity—in a budget-conscious and nutrition-minded way.
Soymilk is a cholesterol-free, complete plant protein offering all of the essential amino acids in the amounts needed for healthy growth. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include soy beverages (soymilk) as part of the dairy group, noting that it is similar to dairy milk in nutrient composition and the way it is used in meals. One serving of soymilk offers on average 7 to 8 grams of plant-based protein per serving.
• Pick up a few cartons of ready-made soy eggnog at your local grocery store or order it online. If your guests are in the mood, you can add a splash of Cognac, brandy or rum and garnish the drinks with a sprinkling of nutmeg.
• Warm up mugs of chocolate soymilk in a microwave for instant hot chocolate. Chocolate soymilk is available in convenient 8-ounce boxes, too, providing more than 6 grams of protein per serving. Garnish hot chocolate soymilk with whipped topping, marshmallows or a peppermint stick. If you’re feeling festive, add all three.
• To create your own drink specialties for guests, make easy Homemade Soymilk Eggnog in a blender. Combine pasteurized liquid eggs from a carton, granulated sugar, unsweetened soymilk, ½ cup soy-based cream or creamer, vanilla extract, nutmeg and cinnamon to taste. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
• Start with 1 cup of vanilla soymilk to make your Homemade Soy Irish Cream Liqueur in a blender. Add a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup of soy-based or daily half-and-half, 1 Tablespoon of Hershey’s syrup, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, ¾ cup Irish whiskey and 1/3 cup rum. Store in the refrigerator and stir before serving.
For details about these seasonal drinks and other beverage ideas, visit The Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com and download a free copy of the digital cookbook Really Fast, Really Easy, Really Good. You’ll find the complete soymilk recipes for Hot Chocolate, Homemade Soymilk Eggnog and Homemade Soy Irish Cream Liqueur. Also, look for the newest digital cookbook, Easy Snackable Soy: Simple Snack Recipes Featuring High-Quality Plant Protein, for more recipe ideas for holiday entertaining. The Soyfoods Council website also offers tips for cooking with soyfoods, a wide array of recipes, nutrition information and research updates on soyfoods and health.