Tofu is a great source of protein, as well as the essential nutrients choline and lysine, which may be harder to find on a plant-based basis.
Choline is important to healthy cells and infant brain development, but the body makes only a small amount. Regardless of diet, most pregnant women do not consume enough choline and this will likely continue after giving birth. Choline is passed through breast milk, and tofu is a great way to make sure you replenish supplies.
Lysine is an essential amino acid that we must get through our diet. While plant foods contain all nine essential amino acids, lysine is limited in some of them – but not in tofu.
Tofu takes on the taste of almost anything. It is also inexpensive and versatile. Extra firm tofu is ideal for dicing and frying, scrambled eggs, grilling for sandwiches or for use in soups. Silky tofu is good for mixing in smoothies or creamy sauces.