Living a healthier lifestyle is more about balance than restriction in my opinion. This was something that came to mind recently when I mentioned that I used Silk Coconut milk in my coffee most mornings, and a friend asked me if I was lactose intolerant (she knew I was not vegan). As I explained that the coconut milk was lower in calories and seemed richer in my coffee than low fat dairy milk, it sort of dawned on me, that there are people out there who only see plant based milks as substitutes for “real” milk, if you really have to or are a vegan. Neither is the case for my daughter and I, and as you can see, we both drink Silk plant based milks.
The coconut milk is mostly for me. I use it in my coffee and often in recipes. My daughter does drink it on occasion, but I have been getting her their Protein + Fiber Almond Milk lately. It can be hard to get her to eat enough protein for her growing body, so I am very glad they recently added this product to their line-up.
When I make an iced coffee at home I use stevia powder and Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or sometimes the Coconut Almond Blend) in it. Since I drink a lot of coffee, I also save a lot of calories with this combination. The difference is more than just in calories though, as this table illustrates.
While the numbers will vary depending on the particular milk chosen, and whether it is sweetened or not, I think this gives you a general idea, as to some of the health and nutritional benefits of plant over dairy milk.
No GMOs & Out with the Carrageenan
The one area where plant based milks have faltered in the past was protein. Soy milk has protein, but many of us got away from it due to GMOs. If that is a driving reason for you, I would like to note, Silk is now GMO free. The other option is the Protein+Fiber Almond Milk I mentioned earlier. The protein source in that plant milk is peas.
All Silk milk products are now either GMO free or in the midst of the certification process. I also found out very recently, that the brand is starting the process of phasing out carrageenan* in all it’s products as well. Several of their products already did not contain it. Off-hand, I know their almond milk doesn’t (Including the Protein + Fiber Almond Milk, that I buy my daughter). It was one of the reasons I originally selected this brand over the other widely available almond milks.
*Carrageenan is a thickener extracted from seaweed, while fully FDA approved here in the U.S. for inclusion in organic foods including baby formula, some consumers have voiced concern about it’s use.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the direction Silk is going in, and how they are listening to what we the consumer want. If you agree, keep track of developments & new products, as well as some great recipes and health tips, on the Silk Facebook page. I also suggest you sign up with them for money saving coupons and other perks… like the nice giveaway they are running right now. Sign Up for Coupons & other Goodies HERE
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.