Friday, November 18, 2011

Soy Nuts: Cheap, Easy and Nutritious

Soy nuts are an incredible powerhouse! Each quarter cup has about 120 calories, 10 grams of protein and six grams of fiber. Each serving also contains four grams of fat, three of them unsaturated. They contain isoflavones which help in the prevention of heart disease and several forms of cancer. Soy nuts are actually roasted soybeans which are ideal for snacking! They are extremely easy to make and they're super cheap also. I buy each pound of raw organic soybeans for $1.19 in the bulk section of Whole Foods Market. My recommendation is that you buy organic soybeans, because they are one of the main food items that are being genetically modified (GMO), together with corn. I've seen numerous documentaries of what the process is, how it affects farmers who are making a superhuman effort to keep their produce natural like it was meant to be and how they are purposely contaminating organic farms to claim their products as their own. They've even gone to the extreme of contaminating some of a country's national crop like it is corn in Mexico. No health benefits from GMOs, just plastic-like produce.

1 lb raw organic soybeans, soaked for at least 8 hours
1/2 teaspoon of oil


The soybeans have to be soaked for at least 8 hours in order to do this recipe. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Drain the soybeans, dry them and toss them with the oil. Spread them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Place it on the lowest rack of the oven ( a little higher if your oven heats too much) and roast them for 20 minutes. Stir and return to the oven another 10 minutes.

Stir again and return to the oven another 5 or 10 minutes. Repeat this process until they are crunchy and golden brown. Once they are ready, add the salt, if desired.

Store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Enjoy!!


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