This post brought to you by Silk. The content and opinions expressed below are that of A Mother Thing.
I’m lactose intolerant. I have been all my life. That doesn’t mean I stay away from milk products. Quite the opposite, actually. I have a strange love/hate relationship with cheese, to be honest. I love to eat it, but I hate how it makes me feel. The good news is that I’ve never much liked milk. When I was a kid, my brother was deathly allergic to cow’s milk, and he and I used to put orange juice on our cereal. ORANGE JUICE! Can you imagine? My mom used to buy milk alternatives for us to try, and while my brother was fine with them, I HATED them. I wanted to gag every time I used one. They just didn’t taste nice.
Now that I’m a mother with kids of my own, I am always concerned that I give them the best nutrition possible. I want them to enjoy their food, but I also want them eating healthy things. And since I don’t drink or use milk, myself, I choose to buy the ONLY milk alternative that I actually like – Silk Almondmilk. Quite honestly, I was a little nervous the first time I tried it. Milk made from nuts? But from the very first sip, I was hooked. I started using it on cereal, in coffee, and in all recipes which required milk as an ingredient. It works PERFECTLY.
My husband is the least picky person I know, so I was never worried whether he would like it or not (He LOVES it!), but I really was worried whether the kids would use it. I needn’t have worried, honestly. They love it. They drink it straight out of the carton, and like me, they use it in every place that milk usually goes.
Some of the benefits of New Silk® Almondmilk versus regular milk include:
- 50% more calcium than dairy milk*
- No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
- No high-fructose corn syrup
- Silk Almondmilk is verified by the Non-GMO Project
- Responsibly produced
- Free of gluten, soy, casein, peanuts, egg and MSG
The great news is that it comes in many varieties. I’m not talking about 2% or whole versions. But actual flavors options! There’s:
- Silk® Vanilla Almondmilk
- Silk® Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
- Silk® Original Almondmilk
- Silk® Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
- Silk® Dark Chocolate Almondmilk
- Silk® Light Vanilla Almondmilk
- Silk® Light Original Almondmilk
I did have a whoopsie moment once when I bought the sweetened vanilla version and used it in a bacon and parmesan pasta dish. It added a… shall we say… UNUSUAL flavor dimension to the meal. But honestly, there’s a variety for every occasion. Normally we stick to the Silk® Original Almondmilk. We go through about four cartons per week (I told you we all love it!). But every once in a while as a treat I will buy the chocolate version for the kids and the vanilla one for me. My husband uses it for his protein shakes, and he actually prefers it to cow’s milk.
If I’m being honest here, I do often thank my lucky stars that there is a high quality, inexpensive, healthy and tasty option for those who, like me, can’t go in for real milk. I am happy that my kids love it and that my husband prefers it to cow’s milk. If you’ve never tried it, you should! Now if only they would get on making some sort of Almondcheese, I’d be in heaven…
* (Same for both Original and Unsweetened) 45% DV calcium; dairy milk 30% DV. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Data consistent with typical skim dairy milk.