We all have our own preconceptions of what and who is a power couple- from Brad & Ange to Wine & Cheese, but now, following one of the biggest US food trends, there are some real power couples for you to meet.
A range of blended milks from Vitasoy have recently hit Aussie shelves, with Oat & Almond and Soy & Almond Milks offering double the nutrition hit, without containing any artificial colours, preservatives or flavours AND they’re lactose free! It all seems like perfect timing too as we move into November (no, I don’t know how that happened either!) and the busy, albeit stressful, holiday season means it is even more important that we pack our diets with more naturally found vitamins and nutrient-dense foods.
For some, pure soy milk is an acquired taste, but what Soy & Almond Milk offers is the great taste of almonds with the plant based protein of whole soybeans. These blended milks with almond are particularly versatile, and can be used as a dairy alternative in a huge range of recipes, beyond their typical use with breakfast cereals and in smoothies.
The Soy & Oat Milk combo from Vitasoy packs an equally nutritious punch acting as a source of fibre and contains the benefits of beta-glucan, which when a part of a healthy diet low in saturated fats, just 3g of beta-glucan each day can help lower cholesterol absorption. Additionally, beta-glucan is known to boost the immune system, however is not naturally produced by the body so must be obtained from the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants such as oats and barley.
There are a number of other food power couples that you can easily introduce yourself to also:
- Vitamin C & Iron- this power couple works together with Vitamin C helping your body with the absorption of Iron. Try throwing a red capsicum into your next stir fry.
- Lemon & Water- the lemon helps to alkalise the water, and a good pH level is important as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory.
- Rice & Lentils- the fibre of brown rice combined with the protein is a nutrient-packed dish with the fibre aiding your digestive health, and the low GI ranking of lentils and brown rice working to stabilise your blood sugar levels.
- Apple & Raspberry- the antioxidants in raspberries active the antioxidants in apples that help fight cancerous diseases. Just make sure it’s a ‘healthy’ recipe if you’re using this power couple to make muffins!
The powerful Vitasoy combination of Soy & Almond and Oat & Almond Milks are so versatile and can easily be introduced to the diets and favourite recipes of you and your family. Be sure to try the following recipes over the weekend or holiday season, and feel your body receive the natural fibre and protein power couple boost.