Have a Soy-Free 4th of July!

Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!

In America it is nearly Independence Day! Happy 4th of July!! A very popular way to celebrate is to have a BBQ. July 4th should be a day filled with food, fun, and fireworks; a day where you can enjoy the weather. Food shouldn't be concerning on a holiday. So, to provide some confidence in eating on Independence Day, we are reposting our BBQ guide to step through some common foods to find at your Independence Day party. Have a great afternoon BBQ!

 Have fun on the 4th without needing to worry about what you can and cannot eat! - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

Have fun on the 4th without needing to worry about what you can and cannot eat! - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

  • Hot dogs - We eat them! We’ve never seen a hot dog that contains soy (tofu dogs aside).
  • Hamburgers - We eat them! Make sure they aren’t cooked in any sort of vegetable oil. (also check for veggie burgers, they often contain soy)
  • BBQ meat - We eat it! Make sure the meat wasn’t marinated or brushed with vegetable oil or soy sauce.
  • Buns/bread (for hot dogs, hamburgers, meat, etc.) - We usually avoid them. If the package is there, check the ingredients since some buns are soy-free. But, since most contain soy, we avoid them if there is any uncertainty.
  • Condiments - Read the ingredients! (mustard, ketchup, bbq sauce, and pickle relish are all soy-free)
  • Corn on the cob - We eat it! Corn on the cob is soy-free, but make sure it doesn’t have margarine on it (real butter is safe).
  • Potato salad - Avoid it. Potato salad almost always has mayonnaise…which almost always contains soy.
  • Coleslaw - Avoid it. Coleslaw contains mayonnaise, which almost always contains soy.
  • Baked beans - Usually, baked beans are safe to eat. It doesn't hurt to check with the person who brought it, just to make sure that there aren't any surprise ingredients.
  • Mac & cheese - Usually, it is safe to eat! It is possible for mac & cheese to contain things like natural flavors, but we usually eat it without worry (keep on the lookout for bread crumbles on top, though, which are likely to contain soy!).
  • Hush puppies - Avoid them. Breaded and fried are two words that you should avoid if you are trying to avoid soy.
  • Beer - Avoid it unless you are comfortable wit the particular brand available. If in doubt, choose cider or wine instead.
  • Lemonade - Enjoy, but be careful! Some powdered lemonade contains soy lecithin.
  • Ice cream - Read the ingredients! Most ice cream is soy-free (but you should avoid anything that has chocolate chips or peanut butter in it).
  • Homemade desserts (brownies, cake, cupcakes, etc.) - Avoid them. :( You can’t tell if they were made with soybean oil or soy flour. Fruit, ice cream, and jello are excellent substitutes. Bring on the watermelon!!