We love tofu! It’s the vegan go-to protein source made from the curds of soymilk that have been pressed into blocks and made into soft, firm, or extra-firm textures. The process of making tofu is actually very similar to the process of making cheese.
Contrary to popular belief, tofu is not a bland blob of soybeans. When prepared well, tofu can be crunchy, tender, flavorful, and satisfying. Not only that, tofu is packed with health benefits, including:
It’s loaded with nutrients other than protein
We all know tofu is high in protein, but it’s also a rich source of iron, magnesium, copper, and phosphorous. Tofu also has good amounts of calcium and potassium.
Not to mention tofu is a low-calorie food with a very small fat and sodium content.
Can improve memory and cognitive function
Tofu’s lecithin content helps the body produce the phospholipids phosphatidic acid (PA and phosphatidylserine (PS), which aid in the functioning of neurons. With strong neurons comes strong memory and cognitive function, and tofu has been found to be especially helpful to women over 65.
Retains the elasticity of the skin
Reduces bad cholesterol
Adding tofu to your diet will help reduce the level of bad cholesterol in your body, due to its low levels of saturated fatty acids and high level of unsaturated fatty acids.
Tofu also contains lecithin and linoleic acid, which helps regulate the metabolism and helps with the elimination of cholesterol deposits in the body.
Can reduce the risk of cancer
Due to tofu’s high selenium content, it has been proven to protect our systems from colon cancer as well as prostate cancer in men. Furthermore, studies have shown that women who consume good amounts of tofu are 60% less likely to have high-risk breast tissue than those who consume little or no tofu.
Here at Rootastes, our seasonal menus always feature a tofu base. Our most popular tofu creation is our Lemon Garlic Tofu, which is crispy on the outside and tender on the in.
Our chefs roast the tofu with a dry rub of lemon garlic spice then drizzle a lemon honey dressing on top. Paired with a dry parsley garnish, this tofu dish is refreshing and full of zippy flavors.
Give tofu a try! Add our Lemon Garlic Tofu to your next bowl for a delicious and healthy corporate lunch.
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.