Good morning! I realize I’ve fallen off the blogging world. It is very difficult to post regularly while working more than full-time and enjoying all life has to offer. Big picture goal is to be able to have blogging be part of my job but in the meanwhile, less frequent posts will have to suffice. Here’s what’s been going on in the past month: work, work, work, a trip to Miami to surprise a friend for her engagement (!!!), completed an additional nutrition counseling program, pool time, summer trip planning, yummy restaurants and a little R&R. I love summer 🙂
Anyways, on to this post. There’s nothing better as a dietitian than getting to try new food and products. First of all, I’m a huge foodie so trying food is genuinely cool to me. And second of all, it is my job to stay up on the latest food products that are available. I recently had the chance to try two of Nasoya Tofu’s products: their silken tofu and brand-new TofuBaked products.
Nasoya is a brand I already liked and used regularly. Nasoya is a local-to-me tofu company started in Leominster, MA. This company makes pure, sustainable, organic and non-GMO tofu products and have expanded into the realm of noodles, Asian wraps, and vegan mayonnaise.
Most of the time I say “tofu” and everyone gives me a weird look. Trust me, it is much more than just a spongy block of tasteless white stuff. Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the result soy curds into a block. Not that much different than making cheese.
Let’s talk tofu nutrition-here is the breakdown. 1 3oz serving of tofu provides 80 calories, 9 grams of heart-healthy soy protein, and 4 grams of healthy fat. Tofu is also a good source of calcium and iron. Coagulated soy milk packed into a block is starting to sound pretty good now, right? 😉
Tofu is a black slate that can be transformed by any recipe. Yes, tofu naturally doesn’t have much flavor but you have to DO something to it. Plain chicken doesn’t have much flavor either, you have to manipulate it. Or so I remember from my chicken days more than 5 years ago.
The exception this rule is Nasoya’s TofuBaked products. These are pre-pressed, marinated, and baked tofu blocks that are 100% ready to eat. It comes in a Terayaki, Sesame Ginger, and new Chipotle flavor. These little blocks are the epitome of convenient, flavorful protein. Sliced on a sandwich, tossed in a salad, of the star of a meal, I love keeping these in my fridge for those nights where nothing complicated will be happening for dinner.
Silken tofu is a much softer texture compared to typical firm tofu thanks to the higher water content. Silken tofu can be blended into smoothies, creamy soups, or act as a base of vegan quiche. OR you can blend it with chocolate and make a high protein, dairy free fudge pop. This is exactly what I did with the provided Nasoya silken tofu.
- 1 lb Nasoya silken tofu (1 package)
- 4 ounces melted dark chocolate
- ½ cup sugar, honey, or agave
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- a pinch of salt
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds or small glasses with popsicle sticks
- Freeze over night
*Disclaimer: I did receive complimentary Nasoya Tofu products. As always, all opinions are my own.