Tofu is a budget-friendly plant-based source of protein that complements your low carb lifestyle.

Tofu is believed to have been invented in China over two thousand years ago. It is made when soybeans are processed into soy milk, then pressed into a solid. It is less expensive than meat and is a versatile plant-based protein source that can be used in many dishes and assume any flavor. You can also buy tofu in bulk, making it a budget-friendly meal prep option.  According to Nielsen data, America’s tofu consumption has almost doubled in recent years, partly due to the growing interest in plant-based cooking.


The Facts on Tofu and Low Carb and Keto Tofu Recipes


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), half a cup of firm tofu has almost 22 grams of protein, 181 calories, 11 grams of fat and 1.9 grams of Carbs per serving. Tofu’s high protein level and low carbs make it a satisfying alternative to meat, whether you’re a vegetarian or vegan or want to incorporate more plant-based foods into your lifestyle. 

You can use tofu instead of meat in any meal, such as tacos, burritos, lettuce wraps, stir-fries, salads, and soups or as a substitute for eggs in scrambles, egg salad and even in desserts. While tofu is most prevalent in Asian dishes, it can take on the flavor of many cuisines, including Mexican, Greek, Italian, or traditional American barbecue.


Posted by Linda O'Byrne
Atkins Nutritionist