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The Other Dairy: Soy Milk and Almond Milk

Supermarkets can’t keep soy milk and almond milk on shelves because of increased awareness of their health benefits. Both provide a nutritious and delicious alternative to cow’s milk.

Many brands offer a variety of flavors and added nutrients such as heart-healthy omega-3 fats and fiber. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and sampled a few brands to see what the buzz is all about!

Silk Original Soy Milk

One serving of Silk provides 6g of protein and is an excellent source of calcium. It’s also 100% cholesterol, lactose and dairy free. It tasted different than cow’s milk, but was creamier and tasted great with my bowl of cereal!

Soy Dream

The original flavor was not as good as soy, but was a good source of vitamins A, D, E and B12. There was also no added fiber.

Continent provides 6.25g of protein and is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s even certified vegan and is sweetened with natural sugar and sucrose. The vanilla flavor was refreshing, but not too sweet.

Silk Pure Almond

I couldn’t get enough of the nutty taste! Pure Almond has 50% more calcium than dairy milk and is a great source of vitamin E.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

With no saturated fat and cholesterol and half the calories of 1% milk, it’s a great alternative to cow’s milk. Not as smooth as Silk Pure Almond, but still delicious!

The Verdict

Silk Original Soymilk was definitely the best soy milk I sampled. It’s tastier than cow’s milk and is a great source of protein. Silk Pure Almond was the winner for almond milk. It’s nutty taste was different and a wonderful addition to my breakfast!

Looks like I’ll be saying goodbye dairy and hello soy!

By Lindsay Barton