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I’ve been drinking plant-based milks since I first discovered they existed. I do not have dairy intolerance or any other physical reason for choosing to skip on dairy. Let’s just say there was an incident involving a class trip that changed my life forever when I was in high school in respect to dairy milk.
I originally started drinking soy milk but quickly switched to Almond milk when I discovered I liked the flavour a little more. Both Soy and Almond Milk have a higher nutritional value than milk, but as a bonus Almond Milk is low in saturated fats and contains zero cholesterol, and is naturally lower in calories.
Silk Almond Milk, owned by WhiteWave Foods, is also Non-GMO project verified and is one of the very few brands that does not use carrageenan as a stabilizer. You can google why that is significant, it is definitely worth looking into. Silk also contains just as much calcium as dairy milk and is an excellent source of vitamin D.
I use Almond Milk for everything. As a beverage, in cooking and baking, to whiten my coffee and lately in my morning smoothies.
Plant-based milk alternatives, like Silk Almond Milk, used to be hard to find but my local Fortino’s has an entire section for organic, gluten free and other diet alternative foods. It even has a refrigerated section all to its own which makes finding my Almond Milk so easy. I’ve noticed sections like it pop up in a lot of other grocery chains too which is nice.
Silk offers a great selection of different flavours and the only brand I have seen to offer an option in size beyond single 1.89L cartons. Since I do only drink Almond Milk, I do go through it quickly and love that I can pick up the double pack which usually gets me through the week. The 1.89 L cartons come in a variety of flavours including regular, vanilla and chocolate and most available sweetened or unsweetened.
The unsweetened regular Almond Milk, which is only 35 calories per serving, has a nice hint of nutty flavour to it but tastes close enough to dairy milk that it is easily used as a milk replacement in most recipes. The Sweetened Vanilla flavour is my other favourite as it tastes quite a bit like a classic vanilla milkshake!
I did notice on the Silk website that there are new flavours available that I have yet to see in store but will definitely be on the watch for including an almond coconut blend and one that has added protein and fiber. I’m particularly interested in the protein and fiber blend as it addresses the one issue I have with Almond Milk – it is low in protein unlike dairy milk and some other plant-based milks.
I’ve been working hard to cut my calories down lately just enough to help myself lose weight and more importantly to make all the calories I consume count. One way I have made a difference is drinking smoothies containing raw fruit and vegetables supplemented with unsweetened almond milk. I usually make enough for a tall glass for breakfast with enough left over for an afternoon snack. It gets me through the day and is full of wonderful nutrition that leaves me feeling satisfied.
This is my current favourite smoothie recipe that I’ve been developing over the last few weeks. It does make enough for two tall glasses. I’ve been using the unsweetened regular flavour with no added sweetener to the mix but certainly feel free to use the sweetened varieties in your own smoothie. Enjoy!
Green Silk Smoothie
2 Cups Almond Milk (Any flavour and variety aside from chocolate)
1 Cup Frozen Sliced Bananas and Strawberries
1 Cup fresh Kale, washed and prepped
2 Tbsp Ground Chia Seeds
A nutritious Green Smoothie with strawberry banana flavour and a hint of nutty almonds.
- 2 Cups Almond Milk, Any flavour and variety aside from chocolate
- 1 Cup Frozen Sliced Bananas and Strawberries
- 1 Cup fresh Kale, washed and prepped
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- Combine all ingredients in the order listed in a blender and blend until smooth.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Do you drink Almond Milk?
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Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!