Eating For Energy

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fun Fact #2 - Benefits of Almond, Rice & Coconut Milk

Our favorites are Almond Breeze by Blue Almond Original & Vanilla. Our new found favorite is Trader Joe's Rice Milk - Vanilla. Not too crazy about the Coconut unsweetened. We buy the block bottle for Original and Vanilla Blue Almond/Almond Milk from BJ's. Both cost $3.69 and lasts all most a month!

Back of the Blue Almond Original Almond Milk.  What I call "fun facts"

Picked up these two milks to try from Trader Joe's. Both are $1.69
From newborn babies to children and then adults, we are all conditioned or programmed to start drinking breast or formula milk to cow's milk. NO exceptions! This is my personal observation for the past 37 yrs of my life. I never heard of soy, coconut, rice or almond milk for that matter until years ago. I only knew of Cow's milk and the different degrees of Cow's milk. From 1%, 2%, Whole milk (D) or Low fat.  Just these past 3 1/2 months I've learned so much about Soy, Rice, Almond and Coconut Milk.

When we decided to become Vegan's we had to think about the milk, dairy portion of our everyday lives and make sure we maintained a healthy balanced diet.

We just added Coconut and Rice milk to our diet this week. Skylar doesn't like either vanilla or original Almond's milk. Luke is still adamant about not drinking any milk since he's been convinced by his parents that he's lactose intolerant (our bad, but it is true, just wish he'd try!) and will not get it out of his head that all milk is bad. So Luke's a work in progress. Trevor, Britain and I have love the Almond Milk. Britain and I prefer Vanilla Almond Milk and Trevor prefers the original. Sky and I just tried the Coconut and the Rice milk and the Rice milk is delicious. The unsweetened Coconut milk is not so sweet and I think we'd prefer it sweetened.  But I am proud of all of us for trying and expanding our taste buds!

Here are the fun facts of each Non-Animal Based Milks!!

Brand: All Natural - Blue Almonds - Almond Milk (Vanilla or Original)
  • FREE OF: Dairy, Soy, Lactose, Cholesterol, Peanuts, Casein, Gluten, Eggs, Saturated Fat, and MSG
  • All Natural with Added Vitamins & Minerals
  • 50% More Calcium than Milk (1 cup of milk contains 276mg calcium VS. 1cup Almond Breeze unsweetened original or vanilla almond milk contains 457mg calcium. Milk from USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, release 22 (2009).
  • An excellent source of Vitamin D & E
  • Made from REAL Almonds
  • Contains no added sweeteners (original only)
  • low glycemic index (GI)
  • Vegan
  • No artificial Flavors or colors
  • No preservatives
Brand: All Natural - Trader's Joe's Vanilla Rice Drink (non-dairy beverage, unsweetened)
  • Enriched Vitamins A, D, B12 & Calcium
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose and Dairy Free
  • Low Sodium
  • 99% Fat Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Soy Free
  • Vegan
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • No preservatives
Brand: All Natural - Trader Joe's- Coconut Milk (made from real coconut, unsweetened)

  • Excellent Source of Vitamins D, B12, A
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose and Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Vegan
  • No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives
  • Also a natural source of energy providing 3g Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) per serving - a form of fatty acid more readily metabolized than long chain of fatty acids and that helps to support metabolism.

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