A spoonful of soy

Think back. Way back to the 1964 Disney musical film, Mary Poppins. If you’re a senior, you’ll remember that Julie Andrews played the lead and popularized the song “Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” But the Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) team is updating that premise, promoting a food-first approach to health as we age. A-HA is part of the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo, Ontario and is publicizing a new recipe resource for healthy aging that includes soy foods.

Let’s face it. Demographics now show that 16.1 per cent of Canadians are aged 65 or older and nutrition is more critical as we age.  Statistics Canada reports that 34 per cent of that cohort is at nutritional risk. University of Guelph professor Alison Duncan, a research scientist with A-HA, along with Hilary Dunn, A-HA program manager, have played a key role in developing the resource that includes 50 recipes featuring Ontario-grown foods and their benefits.

For seniors, soy foods may not be familiar yet they are packed with high-protein levels at low cost. Besides being a huge benefit to maintaining bone density, the versatility of soy foods makes them a valued ingredient for seniors who need to open packages easily and prepare with no fuss.

Launched in April 2016, this new resource contains recipes for Go Green Smoothie, Teriyaki Soy Rice Bowl, Tuna Edamame Salad, Wholesome Soy Berry Pancakes and Wok-Charred Edamame Two-Ways. Find them at www.aha.the-ria.ca/recipesresource/.

For those with great memories, I bet you can hum the tune.