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.
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!
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.
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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