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#1 Old 05-12-2009, 03:17 PM
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I'm trying to up my protein intake without substantially upping my carbohydrate intake or fat intake...so it seems like my best option right now is going to be tofu.





Which I really really really really...*gasps for air*...really really really really REALLY don't like.





So my plan is to add it into things that I won't be able to taste it as much. In fact, it's not the taste as much as the texture. I've tried it a variety of ways (baked, fried, as is, marinated and pan "seared", frozen and the methods listed) even in restaurants and the texture to me is just awful. So do you think that if I threw some in a smoothie that it would be less noticeable? Anytime I want to put something in my diet and not really taste it I throw it in a smoothie lol.
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You will not taste silken tofu in a protein shake. Add some fruit and a little soy milk. You'll absolutely love it!
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yeah, you'll taste it, because you hate it. have you tried the flavoured silken desert tofus? or a decent soya yogurt? maybe you'll like them more.
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No good on the soya yogurts. They smell great, but can't stand the taste. Plus most are so full of sugar that I can barely eat them (I don't eat a lot of sugar). I bet the flavored tofu would be just as bad sugar wise . I've had a chocolate tofu mousse before that wasn't that bad...maybe it just has to do with me not eating it in big cubes like I have in the past...?
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that could do it so what is it about the texture? silken has a very different texture.
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that could do it so what is it about the texture? silken has a very different texture.

Honestly I think silken tofu is one I haven't really tried...I guess trying regular tofu so many times made me kind of completely turned off to the whole thing in general. When it comes to regular firm and extra firm tofu the texture is just...mushy isn't quite the right word. I don't know how exactly to describe the feel that I get that I don't like, but it's the consistency of it. When you freeze it then it's like the same texture, just a little more chewy. I really wish I could come up with a word to describe it. I look like an idiot sitting at the computer pretending I'm chewing tofu and imagining it trying to think of the right term lol
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I tried the Nasoya Silken Creations, strawberry flavored, in a smoothie - only probably about 1/4 cup, plus 1 c. light vanilla soymilk, half a frozen banana, and about 1/2 c. pineapple, and 2 T. flax.



Even with all that, I could still taste the tofu. I like it much better with just the soymilk, and usually I add peanut butter and no pineapple.
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What about beans? They aren't higher in fat or carbs than tofu...



Beans are yummy...
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Honestly I think silken tofu is one I haven't really tried...I guess trying regular tofu so many times made me kind of completely turned off to the whole thing in general. When it comes to regular firm and extra firm tofu the texture is just...mushy isn't quite the right word. I don't know how exactly to describe the feel that I get that I don't like, but it's the consistency of it. When you freeze it then it's like the same texture, just a little more chewy. I really wish I could come up with a word to describe it. I look like an idiot sitting at the computer pretending I'm chewing tofu and imagining it trying to think of the right term lol



how about... like a very wet slightly jellified kitchen sponge with the fibre taken out?



yeah, shelf stable silken tofu (eg: mori nu) isn't like that- its more like perfectly smooth wobbly pudding jello gloop. still has that very mild beanyness to it, but it does come in unsweetened, unflavoured, and there isn't a hint of kitchen sponge in sight.
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Why are you trying to up your protein intake? You could get a protein powder but those are pointless in my opinion.

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You will not taste silken tofu in a protein shake. Add some fruit and a little soy milk. You'll absolutely love it!



really??? Cause I am not a tofu fan but this sounds good and I may try it.
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Why are you trying to up your protein intake? You could get a protein powder but those are pointless in my opinion.



It has to do with my weight training/mixed martial arts training, I'm hitting my macronutrient "max" for my carbohydrates when I still need a large amount of protein which is something I'm trying to work on. I drink protein shakes, but only really post-workout
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Just curious if you ever been to P.F. Changs? They make a lettuce wrap with tofu and veggies that is fantastic. It doesn't have any of that spongy feel because the pieces are so tiny and really well pan seared. Just a thought



I'd just try the tofu in a smoothie and see what happens. You may like it. You might also try some edamame as soy beans are tasty and easy to snack on with lots of protein and low carbs.
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Just curious if you ever been to P.F. Changs? They make a lettuce wrap with tofu and veggies that is fantastic. It doesn't have any of that spongy feel because the pieces are so tiny and really well pan seared. Just a thought



I'd just try the tofu in a smoothie and see what happens. You may like it. You might also try some edamame as soy beans are tasty and easy to snack on with lots of protein and low carbs.



I actually really wanted to try those at PF Changs (just went about a week and a half ago!) but I was with my husband and in-laws and they wanted to get them with meat instead . We have a gift card though to take alex's grandparents out to dinner so I may try them then!

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Yeah I'm 99% sure it's a vegan dish. And it's gooooood. My Husband's tofu hating, die-hard meat eater friend loved it. I think because they're so tiny that it's hard to tell it's tofu. So I do it that way at home. I press and freeze it and then thaw it and chop the tofu really really small. Then I pan sear (read: fry) the pieces until they are brown on all sides. It's the only way I eat tofu at home. It's seriously not my fav thing either. I have made vegan chocolate mousse, and cheesecake with it that was awesome too but that is neither low carb nor "healthy".
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