A few months ago, I came across a fellow RD from the USA posting about milk alternatives with added protein. And thought to myself, WOW! I wish we had this in Canada :) what do you mean, you may ask…let me explain. In Canada, our milk alternatives (with the exception of soy milk beverages) lack protein. You may have thought that because they are made from nuts i.e. almonds, cashews, hemp…that they would be full of protein right? Because aren’t nuts and seeds full of protein?? Well, yes, they are, but when you actually make a “milk” from them, you really don’t get their protein content, therefore the “milk” will lack protein. But here in the USA, where I’m currently visiting, the companies have added pea protein to help boost up the protein content! When I saw this, I just had to try it. And you know what? It was pretty good! I now wish I had this option in my great country…maybe one day eh @lovemysilk??
I am definitely not against dairy or soy based milks, but am willing to try and include a variety of options in my diet, which I recommend everyone to do – as there isn’t one food that will give you everything! But one issue I see pop up often with some clients that are wanting to switch to a more plant based eating lifestyle is that they want to avoid any food/products that with added nutrients i.e. nuts based milks with added calcium, vitamin D…because they think that it isn’t healthy for them. This I must say isn’t the case. I have done a previous post here talking about different ways you can get calcium from foods without using dairy, but some people tend to forget about it and end up low in calcium or vitamin D or even protein! If you are thinking that your nut/seed/coconut based milk beverages will be your source of protein, think again (especially if you are in Canada) as this will not be the case and even more so if you made it yourself. Be an informed consumer!
* disclosure, I was not paid by Silk. I bought the milk myself :)
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