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Soy Recipes Deliver Great Taste and Health Benefits to Active Americans

(ARA) - Anyone who has committed to being in shape knows the dedication it requires. Weekend work-out warriors might be able to get away with lots of late nights or a diet full of empty calories, but anyone who takes health and fitness seriously knows that being in shape is about more than just visiting the gym -- it requires making the commitment to a healthy lifestyle. This includes getting plenty of sleep; keeping the body hydrated by drinking plenty of water; resting when necessary; and perhaps of greatest importance, nourishing the body with a low-fat, nutrient-dense, natural diet.

A person who exercises regularly needs to consume more calories than someone who is sedentary because an athlete will burn anywhere from a few hundred to 1,000 extra calories a day, depending on the extent of her exercise routine. Calories function as fuel in the body, so it is imperative that the fuel doesnt come from nutritionally empty sources, but instead comes from natural sources and is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants.

Including soy in your diet will provide a great source of isoflavones, the naturally occurring plant compounds in soy that have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, menopausal symptoms, and certain types of cancers. Additionally, the protein in soy is complete; it contains all eight essential amino acids.

Imagine Foods, a natural foods company in Northern California, makes two different soy beverages: Soy Dream, a traditional soy milk and Power Dream, a soy based energy drink created for people with active lifestyles.

Soy Dream is a cholesterol free and lactose free powerhouse of nutrition available in Original, Vanilla, Chocolate and Carob flavors. It delivers soys health benefits in a rich and creamy nondairy beverage. The enriched version is fortified with vitamins A, D, E and B12 , has as much calcium as dairy milk, and is a good source of iron, phosphorous and potassium. Soy Dream can be found in stores in two locations, on shelves with other drinks packaged in convenient aseptic containers, and in the refrigerated case, next to dairy milk.

Power Dream Soy Energy Drink is made from organic soybeans and is fortified with 23 vitamins and minerals, so it delivers the vital nutrients an active body needs in a delicious, ready-to-drink, refreshing beverage. It provides an ideal ratio of carbohydrates, protein and fat, a balance that is important to athletes. Power Dream comes in five great flavors: Vanilla Blast, Extreme Chocolate, Mango Passion, Sky High Chai, Java Jolt.

Dave Scott, a professional triathlete who won the Hawaii Ironman six times and for the past 20 years has built a reputation as a sports nutrition expert, has made Power Dream a staple in his diet by drinking three a day.

Not only do I enjoy it myself, I encourage the athletes I coach to drink it. One of my favorite ways to enjoy Power Dream is to pour Vanilla Blast on my cereal for breakfast or as a late night snack. Increasing the soy concentration in your diet is a more prudent choice than adding cows milk. The calcium, B vitamins, zinc and copper are all pluses found in Power Dream and the isoflavones and genestein compounds promote a healthy circulatory system and heart functions. Perhaps most importantly, it tastes fantastic, says Scott.

This smoothie recipe offers the benefits of soy in a delicious, all-natural, refreshing drink.

Soy Dream Smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups Soy Dream Enriched Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, optional
  • ice cubes, optional

To make:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to combine.
  2. Other ideas: 1. Take out the strawberries and add raw carob powder.
  3. Consider adding pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, etc.
  4. People who love French toast but try to avoid it due to the fat and cholesterol inherent in eggs and milk can start the day with this delicious dairy-free French toast recipe.

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Soy Dream French Toast


  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla Soy Dream Beverage
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (or more, as required)
  • 8 slices bread (your choice)
  • Fresh fruit / maple syrup for serving

To make:

  1. In blender or food processor, combine bananas, soy milk and cinnamon and blend. Pour into shallow dish. Brush large nonstick skillet with 2 teaspoons oil and heat over medium heat. Dip bread in soy milk mixture to coat both sides. Add several coated bread slices to pan and cook until browned on bottom, 3 minutes. Turn and cook until second sides are browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate. Dip in batter and cook remaining bread slices; adding more oil to skillet as needed. Garnish with fresh sliced fruit and maple syrup and serve.
  2. Imagine Foods was founded in 1982 in Jamestown, Missouri, by Robert Nissenbaum, the companys president and product developer. During the past 20 years, Imagine Foods has maintained its commitment to making the highest quality, most delicious all-natural foods. The companys products are available in natural-food stores and select grocery stores throughout North America. For more information on Imagine Foods products and vision, please visit

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