Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cow's Milk vs. Unsweetened Almond Milk

     This would be one healthy swap you should consider making if changing your eating is part of your fitness journey.  I would bet you will see a difference in just one week.  Less bloating, digestive system should be nicer to you, and you may even see the scale budge!  If you are already on a fitness journey and at a stand still and using regular milk, try switching to unsweetened almond milk.  

     First off, Unsweetened almond milk is very low in calories and fat; it has only 30-45 calories per serving and 3.5g of fat (depending on the brand) but they are all healthy omega-3 fats that help protect your heart.  Unlike, cow's milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol and no saturated fats.  Here is another great reason to swap.  Unsweetened almond milk has 0-1g of sugar!  That's pretty amazing.  While skim milk contains 12g of sugar.  Almond milk also has only 1g of carb as opposed to 13g in skim milk.  That is awesome news because it leaves you to eat your yummy carbs rather than have to waist them on a drink.  And believe it or not almond milk contains more Calcium which is so important for our bones and preventing osteoporosis.  It is very high in antioxidants and a good source of vitamin E which also help slow signs of aging.

     Almond milk is also high in other vitamins and minerals, and to name just a few: Copper, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Potassium.  While cow's milk, rice milk, and soy milk are often fortified with minerals and vitamins, all of these nutrients occur NATURALLY in almond milk.  It is made only from almonds and water, give or take some sugar or vanilla for flavoring if you prefer the sweetened kinds.  I use unsweetened almond milk in all my protein shakes, pancakes, cereal, french toast, and more.  I mix it in my PB2 instead of water to make it tastier and thicker.  Give it a try and let me know if you like the results!  

1 comment:

  1. Hi Haley! What's your opinion on unsweetened coconut milk vs unsweetened almond milk?? I only mix unsweetened coconut milk in my shakes, so I'm curious what you think.