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WURD Wellness: Do you Tofu?Mar 5, 2012 | News Archive
We are coming into Week 2 of our 40-day plant based diet! I don’t know about you, but I am surely missing poultry and fish. Alternatively, there are some substitutes that may pleasantly surprise you. Check out the different substitutes to eat, when you get those meat and fish cravings…When the end seems near, fret not! Gluten free products are here!
Tofu: A soy -based Asian inspired compliment to meat is popular amongst many practicing vegetarians and vegans. Tofu can be bought in the 3 forms (soft, firm ( in water) and … It is known for its silkened, minimalist texture with potential to give meat some fierce competition when cooked right. Are you craving eggs? Firm tofu packaged in water is great for scrambling like an egg. Or, perhaps, try blending some fruit for a refreshing smoothie? It serves multiple purposes with a huge health benefit! One, being very good for digesting. What is your favorite way to prepare Tofu?
Seitan: Although it is made from wheat, seitan has little in common with flour or bread. Also called “wheat meat”, “wheat gluten” or simply “gluten”, seitan becomes surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat when cooked, making it a popular meat substitute. Seitan is also high in protein, making it a popular protein source for vegetarians. Asian restaurants often use seitan as a vegetarian mock meat, and seitan is also the base for several commercially available products such as Tofurky deli slices.
Tempeh: Similar to tofu, Tempeh is an soy-based product. This meat subsitute is highly popular among in indonesian culture for over 2000 years, and has been adapted in many western civilizations for its high source of protein. Tempeh has a firm texture and a nutty mushroom flavor. Another condition for which tempeh can be very beneficial is diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. The protein in tempeh is excellent for diabetic patients, who tend to have problems with animal sources of protein. The protein and fiber in tempeh can also prevent high blood sugar levels and help in keeping blood sugar levels under control. ( more here ) Alot of people use tempeh as a chicken substitute..