What is VitaMark SuperSoy and What on Earth Do I Do With It?
VitaMark SuperSoy Ground Beef, Beef Strips, Chicken Strips
Everybody’s talking about the heart health benefits of eating soy products.
If a soy meat alternative is something you’ve been wanting to try, but don’t know quite what to do with it, take a look at VitaMark’s SuperSoy family of products.
I wasn’t too sure about it when I ordered my first bag. I’m a devout carnivore and was not too certain I would like the taste of soy.
Since I was well on my way to meeting my health goal of losing 100+ pounds and getting off of my diabetes and high blood pressure medications, I’ve given it an honest effort and a lot of cooking experimentation. Here’s what I found out.
The VitaMark SuperSoy products are made with soy flour and a trace amount of corn. All three varieties, Beef Strips, Chicken Strips and Ground Beef, come in one pound packages at $7.25 each.
The SuperSoy products are fully dehydrated, so the one pound package is a non reconstituted form.
When reconstituted, the one pound package yields about 3.92 pounds of product. This works out to about $1.85 per pound. Compare this price to the cost per pound of lean ground beef, lean breast meat (turkey, chicken), or prepackaged soy meat alternatives at the grocery store.
Per Serving Facts
One serving dehydrated is 5/8 cup or 49 gm. Reconstituted weight is approximately 7 ounces.
When reconstituted with water, a serving contains
- 140 calories,
- 1.5 gm fat,
- 0 gm Cholesterol,
- 5 mg Sodium,
- 1212 mg Potassium,
- 15 mg carbohydrates (this includes 9 gm dietary fiber, making 6 gm net carbs!),
- 25 gm Protein,
- 122 mg Isoflavones,
- 25% DRA Iron,
- 16% DRA Calcium
You can reconstitute with plain water or broth.
When using broth you have to be a Nutrition Label Facts Detective! Broth, like most soups, is very high in sodium. I like Swanson’s brand of low sodium broths. I also found an Organic low sodium Chicken broth, Pacific Foods, that has only 80 mg sodium per 1 cup serving.
Reconstitute 1 part liquid to 1 part SuperSoy. For one serving, I use about 1/2 cup broth for 1/2 cup SuperSoy.
It is very important to make sure you start with boiling hot liquid for the SuperSoy product to reconstitute properly. I heat the liquid in a microwave for 2 minutes, add the SuperSoy, mix, cover with a lid or plate, let stand for 5 minutes.
OK, Now I Have This Reconstituted, How Do I Cook It And Like It?
I will admit, when I first tried SuperSoy, I was not thrilled with the taste! But since I am committed to keeping my weight off and staying off of my medications, I determined to find out how to cook it so it was tasty. Now I eat a SuperSoy meal at least 4 times a week.
SuperSoy products are naturally cholesterol free. And with only 6 gms of net carbs, are a smart choice for people concerned about their blood sugar.
I post specific recipes under my Recipes Category, so you can check those out as you want to experiment more.
Here is the basic recipe I found, that even my teenagers will eat & not know they are eating soy!
1 – 2 TBL Olive Oil or Canola Oil
1/4 to 1/3 of a chopped sweet onion
1/4 tsp minced garlic
garlic salt to taste
1/2 cup low sodium broth
1/2 cup SuperSoy Chicken or Beef Strips
Reconstitute SuperSoy with broth per directions.
Heat oil in skillet or Wok
Add onion, saute until almost transparent, add garlic, saute about 1 minute.
Add SuperSoy & lightly sprinkle with salt (you can always add more after it is cooked), saute until heated through.
And that’s all there is to enjoying a heart healthy SuperSoy meal!
Remember to check out more SuperSoy recipes in the Recipes Category!
I’d love to hear your recipes using SuperSoy in the comments section below!
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