Soy coffee is used by many people as a coffee substitute. Hot or iced with sweetener, it makes a tasty treat. If soybeans are roasted then coarsely ground, they can be used to make a beverage that tastes quite similar to coffee. Soy coffee has been one of the most popular ways of using roasted soy flour or grits in the West for more than a century. Caffeine free, highly nourishing, inexpensive, and easy to make (even as part of a food self sufficiency program, from homegrown soybeans), this hearty brew with its roasted, nutlike aroma, will surprise and delight many a staunch coffee lover or addict. After all, coffee is also made from a bean.

soy coffeeSoy coffee is ideal for people who would like a healthier alternative to regular coffee. Research studies indicate that soy has a variety of beneficial effects including:

– Promote younger looking skin
– Reduce hot flashes
– Improve sleeping
– Lower cholesterol
– Promote healthy prostate function
– Promote healthy and strong bones and joints
– Increase lean muscle mass
– Reduce risks of heart disease
– Cancer Fighting Phyto chemicals
– Reduces Menopausal Symptoms
– Helps Reduce Clot Formation
– Helps Prevent Osteoporosis

Soybeans provide the body with all the essential amino acids it needs, as well as quality protein. There are many other benefits of soy coffee. This delicious beverage is not only tasty, but it can also help improve insomnia, help promote younger looking skin, and help promote strong bones and joints.

To make soy coffee toast the beans until they are almost black. Grind these beans, and use as you would coffee.

Sources:
http://www.plenty.org/soy/Plentysoybook.htm#nuts
http://www.soyinfocenter.com/HSS/roasted_soy_flour.php
http://www.mamashealth.com/nutrition/soycoffee.asp
http://www.soyconnection.com/healthy_community/index.php?topic=121.0

Photo: fruitandveggieshop.com