Silk Milk 10-Day Challenge

Back in the day, when I was a wee 4th grader, I became lactose intolerant, literally overnight. Gone were the cake and ice cream at birthday parties, hellooooo chalky, disgusting Lactaid pills I’d shove under the cheese of a slice of pizza so I could tolerate it. Ironically, my dairy allergy is what brought me into the field of dietetics (silver lining!) but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about non-dairy milk. Because my mom was concerned about my growing bones and lack of cow’s milk calcium, we’d travel 45 minutes to the nearest “health food store” (then Bread and Circus, now Whole Foods) to load up on soy milk. But 19 years ago soy milk tasted like pureed, watery beans, and I’d have to pour an unhealthy amount of chocolate or strawberry syrup in it to drink a glass. Looking back, with so many delicious soy products on the market now, it’s hard to believe I ever hated them, but boy how things have changed.

Where were you when I needed you, Silk soymilk?!?!

When the Silk peeps contacted me to see if I’d join their challenge to give up milk for 10 days and switch to Silk, I jumped at the chance. I’m already a huge lover (and drinker) of Silk soymilk, but had yet to try their almond or coconut milks, and it was a challenge I was willing to take on, full force. There were also some varieties of the soymilk I hadn’t had yet, like the light chocolate, DHA omega-3 or organic unsweetened. When I first went vegan, I fell in love with the Very Vanilla Silk soymilk. It seriously tastes like vanilla ice cream. But I’m so happy Silk came out with some lighter version with fewer calories, fat, and grams of sugar. All of the Silk products provide an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D with zero cholesterol. Not to mention, with 3 varieties (soymilk, almond milk, and coconut milk) they have 17 different choices, making a 10-day challenge very, very easy.

Silk offered to help me purchase some groceries while I embark on this delicious challenge. I usually shop at Trader Joes, so this challenge also meant I needed to go a whole quarter mile further away to go to a (gasp!) regular grocery store, but it was worth it for the silk.

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So, yesterday began my journey! I picked up some vanilla soy Silk, light chocolate soy Silk, and Pure Almond Original Silk. Unfortunately the store didn’t have any of the coconut milk or Silk creamer, so the hunt continues. I also picked up some other grocery goodies that I’ll use to make some new silk-tastic recipes. As soon as I got home I had a snack of some Puffins cereal with the almond milk. I loved the texture – much creamier than other almond milks that are very thin and almost too watery. Win!


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But breakfast on day 2 is what I really want to tell you about. A chocolate cherry smoothie. The best way I’ve started my day in a loooooong time. Into the Vitamix went about a cup of frozen sweet cherries, about a half of a cup of dry oats, and about a cup of light chocolate Silk. Want to indulge in chocolate covered cherries for breakfast? Go ahead. The dietitian said so.

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What I love about the light chocolate Silk is that it’s still rich and creamy and super chocolatey. Most light soymilks are thin (like skim milk) but the creaminess of this one was the perfect addition to my breakfast smoothie.

Want to know what’s even better than chocolate cherries for breakfast?….

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Silk is generously offering one of my readers some Silk coupons and $150 to put towards groceries so you can participate in the 10-Day Challenge and try some of their recipes. That’s a whole lot of Silk, groceries, and love. Thank you Silk!!! I think this is my biggest blog giveaway EVER!

Want to take part in the challenge with me? All you have to do is tell me your preferred milk beverage of choice – Is it 1% milk? Hemp milk? Whole grain milk (have yet to try that one)? Leave a comment to enter. If you include this contest in your blog post, leave a second comment with the link. If you tweet about this contest, leave me another comment telling me you did. You can enter this contest with three different entries! I’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday.

Disclaimer: Silk did not pay me for this review, but they did help me out with some grocery goodies!

72 Comments

  1. Amy
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    I currently drink skim milk, but really I only use it in my cereal. I would love to try Silk soymilk and almond milk. I am working to add healthy proteins to my diet, so this challenge would be great for me!

  2. Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Wow what a great giveaway! A couple years ago I switched from half & half in my coffee to Silk soymilk. It tastes better and has way less fat. And the chocolate soy milk is a great recovery drink. THanks Janel!

  3. Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    I “liked” your post… does this count as an entry? 🙂

  4. Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    And I tweeted. http://bit.ly/ezOaXk Have a lovely day ms. janel!

  5. stacey
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    I love this idea! Skim milk is my choice now, but I’d love to try to give it up and go to Silk for 10 days!

  6. Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    That smoothie — what a way to start the day!

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

  7. Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Tweeted the challenge/giveaway as well.

  8. Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Love the Chocolate-Cherry smoothie recipe! I’m a fan of all milk/milk-alternatives…soy, rice, and almond. Have yet to try hemp or coconut milk though!

  9. Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    OH, and I tweeted this post:)

  10. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    AWESOME giveaway!!! i love silk milk-it is so smooth. I haven’t tried their almond milk, but my “milk” of choice is unsweetened almond milk. or unsweetened soy milk.

  11. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    and i totally tweeted.

  12. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Loved your post! I am also lactose intolerant and it ruins some meals for me. The pills are so chalky and gross and I hate the fact that I slowly have been giving up my 1% milk to calm my stomach. I’ve thought of trying the Silk brand but it seemed too flavored for me. Maybe now I should try it out! I just feel like my dietian mother raised me on 1% and I love the taste of it!!

  13. Janel
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    You’ll love the silk. There are many unsweetened options with no sugar added. Also, it’s the same creamy texture as 1% milk!

  14. Heather
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    My favorite milk is 1% (cow) milk.

  15. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    (I lost the thought when I hit the wrong key. Sorry about that Now back to my thought.)

    When I visited my mom we ran out of 1% milk so we tried the Silk that she had gotten for my brother’s visits. We both loved it! My mother has been somewhat lactose intolerant for years. This was years before all the great soy milk products were produced. I advised her to cut down on the amount of milk she drinks and she has been managing the intolerance for years. At age 90 she has now switched to Silk and raves about it. I drink it when I visit as I live in a household of grandchildren and doubt if they would like to switch.

    I love your blog.

  16. Janel
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Thank you Mary! I bet the grandkids would LOVE silk! It’s so rich and creamy and the flavored varieties are delish. I’ve worked in a school with kids and they looooove the chocolate kind.

  17. Nee
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I use Silk in my coffee at home, usually, but now using almond milk, which is GROSS (and thin). If I’m out, it’s usually skim or 1%. Don’t drink milk otherwise cause it tastes gross, but coconut milk… hmmmmm…

    I TWEETED TOO!!! (I think???)

  18. Janel
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Silk’s almond milk is the only kind I’ve tried that isn’t thin and watery. It’d be great in coffee.

  19. Posted April 13, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I usually use almond breeze unsweetened but lately have been using so delicious unsweetened coconut milk beverage. I keep meaning to make my own nut milk but life’s just busy these days. I should really try some of Silk’s products… I too shop at TJ’s regularly which I guess is why I never pick up Silk on my regular grocery shopping trips!

    I’m definitely trying this chocolate cherry smoothie. I had oats in my smoothie just this morning. 🙂

  20. Meagan
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I love the plain Silk DHA. My boyfriend’s lactose intolerant, so I only buy soy milk now. The plain Silk is sweet enough to me that I can use it in my oatmeal without adding any sugar. I eat mostly vegetarian & try to avoid fish, so I love that I can get omega-3s in my milk. Don’t even get me started on their seasonal flavors (chocolate mint!).

  21. Janel
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Their holiday flavors are unreal! I can’t be trusted near the pumpkin spice one.

  22. Masha
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    For the longest time I lived off So Good soy milk (been a vegan all my life). Wasn’t bad but I never could enjoy it. That was till I found Silk. I’ve never loved drinking milk as I do now!

  23. Lib
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Right now I’m using organic 1% milk.

  24. Alison
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi! My husband and I switched from milk to plain soy milk (or Almond) about 2 years ago. I tend to get soy because it has less sugar, but I love them both!!

  25. Posted April 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been switching between almond milk, lactose free, and soy 🙂

  26. Posted April 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    You were the first person I knew who was lactose intolerant! When I started having issues with dairy and began limited my intake (and experimenting with Lactaid… not so successfully), I started to understand what a challenge it can be. I used to love drinking skim milk, but these days I stick mainly with unsweetened almond milk. I may have to give Silk a whirl! 🙂

  27. Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I drink skim cow’s milk.. and skim chocolate milk too — after runs. I have had silk chocolate milk and it’s pretty tastey!

  28. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Awesome giveaway Janel! I use rice milk in my cereal but would love to try Silk’s soy and almond milk!

  29. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    And I just tweeted 🙂

  30. Raychel
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE almond milk (I think Silk Pure Almond may be my favorite too!) I definitely agree with you that this brand is the creamiest = aka most delicious 😉

  31. Angela
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I actually use Silk and love it!! My favorite is the light Vanilla. I love that it is low in calories and lasts a loooong time in the fridge.

  32. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to enter this challenge! I currently drink skim milk!

  33. Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Silk Light Chocolate and the new Almond Silk!! Great things going on with Silk!

  34. Meghan
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m usually a skim milk girl but have been recently using coconut milk in smoothies – so good! Would love to try some chocolate soy milk in them, that looked really delicious!

  35. Amanda
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    My favorite is silk light vanilla, after reading this I’m excited to try the chocolate and make a cherry smoothies! Yum!! I’ve starting soy because I dont like the taste of cows milk and as a nutrition/dietetic student ( this should be the reason you pick me!) I knew I needed to increase my calcium and vitamin d intake, silk is my solution.

  36. Krista
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Skim milk – my first love! Second in line comes soy milk (light)…and the next time I’m in the dairy aisle I’m purchasing rice milk – have heard good things and need to give it a whirl. Likely not a permanent switch but just want to try it out.

  37. Posted April 14, 2011 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Great giveaway! I love milk, but have recently developed an intolerance. I use Silk soy creamer in my coffee everyday. The almond milk sounds interesting – never tried that before!

  38. Posted April 14, 2011 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Tweeted!

  39. Angela
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I drink Silk!! My favorite is the Light Vanilla – I love how long it lasts in the fridge, plus it is low in calories!

  40. Posted April 14, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I usually drink skim milk, but I also love Silk chocolate!

  41. Posted April 14, 2011 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I tweeted, too!

  42. stephanie
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    My favorite Silk is the Plain DHA Omega 3. I love it.

  43. Sara P.
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I LOVE almond milk. I just got into i a couple months ago. It feels so much lighter then regular milk. And it tastes great in chai!

  44. Leslie
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    My daughter is 2 1/2 and has had allergies for nearly her entire life – runny nose constantly that lead to ear infections. I was doing some reading the other day and learned that a milk allergy could be a contributing factor. So we are switching to almond milk to see what happens. And Silk is my brand of choice! I’m sticking with “original” to keep the sugar down (although the vanilla is so, so good!). I’ve had to mix almond and cow’s milk for a few days, adding more and more almond every day, to get my daughter accustomed to the different taste, but she’s getting there. We are going full-force almond milk now. I had it with my cereal this morning and it felt a little sinful since I’m used to skim and this is sooo much creamier. Yum!

  45. Janel
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    That’s great Leslie! Even though I gave up dairy because I had lactose intolerance, I was drinking Lactaid for a while. Once I switched completely off dairy, I noticed SO many of my other allergies, especially seasonal allergies, cleared up. Glad it’s been successful for you and your daughter and yes the Silk almond milk is the best one out there 🙂

  46. Belle Murroni
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    It was a thrill for me to get your reply to my earlier email. I have enjoyed your blogs so much. Also loved when you changed the name of your blog. And so I”m eating “well with Janel” I have been using the Silk milks for quite a while now. I plan to try the Almond Silk. It should be delicious! Please enter my name for this blog. Thanks.

  47. Posted April 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I started drinking Almond Chocolate , I’m 56 years old and had to do something , sick of the bloating and just not feeling any energy ,went gluten-free and started drinking this kind of milk . What a total difference.

  48. Carrie
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I used to be a skim milk girl, but I made the switch to Original Silk Light about a year ago! I found that living alone for the first time, it was hard to gauge my milk needs and I was often letting skim milk spoil and I hated that I was wasting food. I love Silk because it tastes delicious but also lasts so much longer than dairy milk!

  49. Posted April 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Janel! Great post! I was just curious if you ever get concerned about having too much soy in your diet? I only ask because I hate to default to the same bean for protein in every meal. I like diversity in my diet, but it can be hard if soy milk and tofu are your go-tos, you know? I’d love to hear your .02! Also, do you ever use hemp milk? I recently discovered it and love it for it’s natural omega 3s but it’s HARD to find if you don’t know where to look! Luckily, TJ’s and Whole Foods both carry it, but it would be great if Silk came out with a Hemp milk since they seem to have a great distribution channel in the more conventional grocery stores…

  50. Janel
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Andrea! I don’t get concerned, because I don’t have (what I consider) too much soy, and when I do, I try to keep it to the unprocessed forms as much as possible. I enjoy tofu/tempeh/edamame/miso occasionally, and really only have soymilk with breakfast, and a soy yogurt here and there. Like anything processed, I try to keep it to a min. Otherwise, I avoid the processed faux meats, etc. I’ve tried hemp milk and the brand I tried I didn’t love, but I’d try it again!

  51. Posted April 16, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Blog posted here: http://liverichandfree.blogspot.com/2011/04/150-grocery-giveaway.html. Great giveaway!

  52. Posted April 16, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    We don’t drink milk at all, so right now the closest thing in the house to milk is Diet Coke. Help us, Silk! (Also, who drinks hemp milk? That sounds awful…)

  53. Janel
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    If you have allergies to wheat, soy, dairy and nuts, hemp milk comes in handy. Don’t knock it til you try it!

  54. Posted April 16, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Great giveaway! I’m in.
    Jana

  55. Gloria
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    We usually drink 2% milk, but have tried Silk in the past. I would love to win this giveaway to give Silk another try (now that they have so many great choices)! And of course who would love $150 towards groceries!!

  56. Gloria
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/gmk82/status/59275034778271744

  57. Linda
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    I drink 1% organic milk and vanilla soymilk.

  58. Sarah
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a great giveaway! My daughter and I are both lactose intolerant. I’ve never been able to drink milk. She was until she was about three and I started noticing tummy issues whenever she did drink milk. I took her off milk, and she’s been doing great ever since! I had always just put coffee creamer in my cereal – I know, super high in sugar, but I didn’t know any different. Then her allergist suggested, (well kind of insisted!) that we try silk. I wasn’t sold on it at first, but I found the silk vanilla light is the best. We just love it. I’m so glad her allergist told us about it, and that we kept trying flavors, because we just love it. It’s pretty expensive here, upwards of 4.59 per half gallon. However, I like that we’re not having so much sugar from the coffee creamer, and it’s a much better taste.

  59. Janel
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I love that the Silk creamer doesn’t curdle in coffee/tea like some other milk substitute creamers do.

  60. rose
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I currently drink skim an almond milk. I’ve tried the Silk brand before, but can only afford it when it’s on sale.

  61. Posted April 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Your chocolate cherries smoothies looks so delicious! I was never really a big fan of soy milk so I was thrilled when I learned that Silk now manufactures almond milk. I have tried the vanilla and chocolate varieties and absolutely love them.

  62. dianad
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    My husband is also a vegan. We both drink the almond soy milk. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  63. Posted April 17, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Janel! I totally agree with you! And it’s nice to see brands like Silk expand past soy. I haven’t tried them in a while because I don’t use it every day, so their containers tend to be too big for me, but I’m going to give their newer stuff another chance. I like almond and rice milk, too, but find that all these alternative milks can be high in sugar if you don’t watch out! Have you tried making any nut or grain milks in the vitamix yet? I made cashew cream and it came out great! I’ve been meaning to experiment and try making more milks but just haven’t gotten to it yet…

  64. Janel
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Silk does have smaller containers of their soy milk! I’ve seen it in vanilla…not sure about plain. But they last forever too! Despite what the expiration date says, I keep Silk milk around for 3 (or more) weeks and I’m still standing. Haven’t made any nut/grain mixes in the Vitamix but did make coconut butter yesterday. Amazing! How are you liking it? We should have a vitamix party 🙂

  65. misty
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    As I grew up, my family often had soy milk, but it was not as tasty as Silk and I was not very fond of soy milk…….that was until I discovered Silk. I’ve been drinking Silk for some time. I usually buy original or original light. Yesterday I went to the Dogwood festival in ATL, and there was a Silk booth giving away free sample. I did not know that there are so many kinds of Silk products. I tried Almond, Coconut milk too. My favorite is Almond milk – dark chocolate flavor! Not too sweet, light, yet very satisfying. I also want to try to make my famous coconut curry with Silk coconut milk. I am definitely going to buy more Silk at my next grocery shopping!

  66. Deanna G.
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Mine is soy milk! I much prefer it over cow’s milk. I’m also a huge fan of almond milk 🙂

  67. Deanna G.
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/calidreamin87/status/59791762515959808

  68. kim
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    1% organic milk for us. Great contest!

  69. Iman
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    MY preferred milks are vanilla and chocolate soy Silk. Never tried the almond though because it had less protein than soy.

  70. Iman
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Tweeted the post 🙂

  71. Julie
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I am lactose intolerant, too. I drink skim Lactaid. I tried soy milk, but that made me sick, too. However, my son is two and is allergic to dairy and eggs, so he drinks plain soy milk. He basically eats vegan food (minus nuts and tomatoes) plus chicken. I bet he’d LOVE chocolate Silk soy milk.

  72. Posted April 20, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I usually drink skim but just recently tried the silk! i love it!

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