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I love milk! It is perfect for dunking cookies, pouring over cereal and great for making creamy oatmeal. Unfortunately, my body has issues digesting dairy products. Don’t get me wrong. I still eat cheese, drink milk and use cream in my coffee but I always end up paying the price one way or another.
Up until a few years, I didn’t really embrace the dairy alternatives because they just didn’t satisfy my taste buds like an ice cold glass of milk does. Of course, the only alternative I had ever really tried was the soy milk at Starbucks. While the soy milk tasted great with chai tea and espresso, it didn’t really taste great on its own.
When I started my healthy living journey two years ago, I discovered almond milk while looking for dairy milk alternatives. I was looking for something to replace milk in protein shakes that didn’t have as many calories or added sweeteners. It also needed to taste great. I tried unsweetened soy milk but the taste just wasn’t for me. When I finally tried almond milk, it was literally love at first sip.
I really like Silk’s PureAlmond Unsweetened Vanilla Milk because it is perfect for my protein shakes and smoothies, in my cereal and for making creamy oatmeal. The nutritional value per serving is also fantastic! You can beat 30 calories per cup, which is less than a cup of fat free dairy milk.
After a good workout (or whenever I want something quick and easy to eat), I love to make a good protein smoothie. They provide me with sustained energy and they satisfy my hunger. I was inspired by some of the recipes on Silk’s Facebook page to make a Banana Almond Mocha Protein Smoothie. It combines all of the flavors I love: almond milk, chocolate and coffee!
- 1 cup Silk Pure Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 packet instant coffee (3/4 teaspoon)
- 1 frozen banana (approx. 6 inches)
- 3 ice cubes
- 32 semi-sweet chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top with chocolate chips.
If you are interested in checking out other recipes using Silk Almond Milk, please visit their Facebook page. They are sharing 30 recipes created by some of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors.
Disclosure: FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.