Trying Milk Alternatives

Trying Milk Alternatives

I’m experimenting with some milk alternatives in an effort to trim pounds before this year’s triathlon. If you have kids in the house you’ve probably dropped the 2% milk for Whole Milk, and if you’re a milk drinker like I am, you’re probably taking in more calories than needed. You’re also, if like me, finding the benefits from an anti-inflammatory diet and choosing animal fat alternatives. One of the questions you’ll ask are “what are my options and are they any good?” Here are a few notes on products I’ve been testing.

Almond Milk – Original

I have tried a few Almond Milk alternative brands and so far I really like Silk Almond Original. It’s lightly sweetened as opposed to the Vanilla product, where I find the flavor overpowering. Nutritionally speaking it’s OK, with good measures of calcium and Vitamin E. The sugar count is a little high for a diet product, so I wouldn’t put it in that category, but if you’re looking for an alternative to dairy I think this is it.

Original Silk Almond Milk
Original Silk Almond Milk
Original Silk Almond Milk Nutrition
Original Silk Almond Milk Nutrition

Almond Milk – Chocolate

The chocolate flavor of Silk Almond Milk has become my go to recovery drink and serves as an evening snack at home. My kids also like it too. It tastes thick like regular dairy milk but it is high in sugar. The latter may not be too big of a deterrent if you’re having a glass of this instead of a Twinkie or Oatmeal Creme Pie. The main reason I buy this is to drink it after a big swim in place of regular chocolate milk. I usually fill up a small 8 ounce Nalgene bottle with it to drink on the way back from the gym.

Silk Almond Dark Chocolate
Silk Almond Dark Chocolate
Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Nutrition
Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Nutrition

Oat Milk – Original

Like Almond Milk, the Original tastes better than the Vanilla product. Of the two I recommended you’ll see that the nutrition label has many more positive attributes than the Almond option. You’ll also see that they add a lot of these vitamins back into the product by reviewing the ingredients. Nonetheless this does have greater nutritional value. The taste isn’t bad, but you might feel like you’re drinking oat water, which you are, but if you can get past that it’s not bad.

Original Planet Oat Oatmilk
Original Planet Oat Oatmilk
Original Planet Oat Oatmilk Nutrition
Original Planet Oat Oatmilk Nutrition

Soy Milk

I have not added a Soy Milk review here as I’m still on the fence with soy. First off I am curious about the reports that it stimulates estrogen production and what that means for men. I have read that too much estrogen, which can also occur from obesity, can stimulate cancer growth. If I get my head around it more I’ll update this post with my thoughts on it.

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