get the right soy
Soymilk can be made from either soy protein isolate or whole soy beans. Soy beans can also be organic and free of genetic modification. These factors can influence the nature of the soymilk and the flavour. Depending on your preferences, there’s a Vitasoy product suited to you.
if you love that milky taste
Enjoy the goodness of soy without compromising on the milky taste you love. Vitasoy Soy Milky has been specially created to taste smooth and milky so you can enjoy the benefits of soy, with a more familiar taste.
Vitasoy Oatmilk is smooth and creamy, with a great taste that is particularly good with breakfast cereals, porridge and in smoothies. The goodness of oats and fibre are important for your digestive balance, heart and overall well-being. Enriched with calcium for bones and teeth, Vitasoy Oatmilk has no added sugar and is also cholesterol and lactose free.
When changing to soy or oatmilk, start gradually by adding to your cereal in the mornings or in your tea and coffee. As you grow to enjoy the taste, start cooking with it using our tempting recipes.
Another way to ease your way into soy is with our flavoured soymilks. Vitasoy Soy Milky Chocolate and Vanilla are not only delicious; they're also 98.5% fat free and have a Low GI.
You'll find all Vitasoy Soy Milky Fresh varieties next to regular fresh milk in your local supermarket, and the UHT varieties in the long-life milk aisle of your supermarket.
if you love the natural taste of soy
If you're after an authentic soy taste, then you'll love the ‘nutty' taste of the Vitasoy original range made from whole organic soybeans. It's been formulated to meet specific dietary needs, with some Vitasoy products offering with extra calcium or fibre:
soy-free milk options
Another alternative is Vitasoy Oatmilk. Particularly good with cereals and in smoothies, it is rich in calcium, is lactose and cholesterol free, and offers the goodness of oats and fibre for digestive balance and overall wellbeing.
Vitasoy's Ricemilk range is a tasty milk-alternative that is good for breakfast or in dairy free cooking. Made non-GM (not genetically modified) rice, it is gluten, lactose and cholesterol free.
Both Vitasoy Oatmilk and Ricemilk range also have no added sugar.
gluten-free milk options
Gluten is the main protein component of foods like wheat, rye, triticale, barley and oats. Foods that most of us eat on a daily basis, often more than once a day. However, if you've been diagnosed with an inability to digest gluten you've probably been advised to follow a gluten free diet.
Gluten is also found in a lot of processed foods such as bread, cakes, biscuits, pizza, pasta and many breakfast cereals. Even some soups, sauces, confectionary and small goods may contain gluten so it's always wise to check the food labels.
There are many gluten free foods available too; these include fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, rice, fish, milk, cheese, and most yoghurts and meats.
The Vitasoy Soy Milky range has been specifically designed to meet the needs of those on a gluten free diet, this includes the gluten free Soy Milky Chocolate and Vanilla Soymilks, and the Ricemilk range.
View our gluten-free milk products
how should I try soymilk?
One of the easiest ways to try soy is to simply replace your regular dairy milk with soymilk. Choose one that's calcium-fortified (providing on average 7 grams of protein in every 250mL glass ) so you still get all the calcium benefits of dairy milk. Here are just a few simple ways to introduce soymilk into your life:
- on cereal
- in tea and coffee
- in your favourite recipes - they'll turn out just as well, and
- in a quick smoothie - just add the fruit of your choice, ice and you're done
- straight from the glass - chilled
You'll find fresh soymilk next to the milk in the dairy section and long-life (UHT) alongside other UHT milks. Vitasoy Soy Milky even comes in Vanilla and Chocolate flavours, so there's something to suit every taste.
Introducing soy into your diet
Although soy foods may seem exotic at first, it's very easy to integrate them into your diet. Try introducing soy ingredients into your everyday menus, buying one or two new soy products each time you shop.
Don't knock the tofu
You hear a lot of people say they don't like tofu, but more often than not they haven't tried it - or they haven't tried it in the right dish. After all, tofu basically has very little flavour. Its main purpose in most dishes is to absorb the other flavours in the dish - while packing a healthy dose of protein. Firm tofu is especially good in Asian-style dishes, like soups and stir-fries, as it becomes infused with the delicious flavours. Tofu can also be grilled, barbecued, stewed, braised and used in casseroles and curries.
If you love cream and desserts then you'll love silken tofu. It has an amazing delicate texture that allows you to make healthy versions of your favourite dishes. Add pureed silken tofu to soups, instead of cream. Substitute a ¼ cup of silken tofu per egg as a leavening agent in your baking. Try it in cheesecakes, mousses, even lemon tart. They'll be just as delicious.
Get into tempeh
If you're looking to pack some soy protein into your diet, look no further than tempeh. Just 100g delivers 23.2 grams of protein. Made from whole, cooked fermented soybeans, tempeh is shaped like a thin, flat cake that can be marinated or grilled. Its nutty flavour is a perfect addition to stir-fries, salads and chilli.
Have a snack attack
Soy's nutty flavour is perfect for a snack attack.
- Edamame are large, whole soybeans that have been boiled and sometimes salted. Some are then dipped in soy sauce for extra flavour (but watch the salt intake!). You can even get wasabi edamame. They can be bought as beans or in their pods from most health stores and Asian grocers - just serve them warm and pop the beans from the pod into your mouth.
- Roasted soy nuts are crunchy, and very moreish. Perfect with drinks or anytime you need a healthy snack attack.
Instead of a chocolate bar try a soy protein bar. You'll find a range of sweetly delicious flavours in your local health food store.
Try some flour power
Yes, there's even soy flour. Available in two varieties, full-fat and de-fatted, soy flour packs a protein punch, with 30 grams of protein per cup of full-fat flour, and a huge 47 grams of protein per cup of de-fatted flour.
Because it's gluten free it can't be used to entirely replace wheat or rye flour in bread recipes. Instead put two tablespoons of soy flour in a cup and fill the rest with wheat or rye flour for a moist, nutty flavoured bread. When baking without yeast, you can substitute up to a quarter of the flour with soy flour, even for pancakes. It's also good for thickening gravies and sauces.