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Monday, January 30, 2012

Silk Milk Challenge Begins!

Shortly after Owen was born, I had to pretty much cut cow’s milk from my diet. If I had milk, then that meant he indirectly was having it as well, which did not make his little belly happy. It hasn’t been too bad, but I have missed milk a lot in a few cases, especially when it comes to a mug of good hot chocolate or a quick bowl of cereal in the morning.

When my friends at Martha’s Circle contacted me about participating in a challenge with Silk, I was all over it. For whatever reason, I haven’t tried other kinds of milk on my own yet, so this was just the kick I needed to see what else I could be using in place of cow’s milk, especially at this time in my life when I need to do so.

So this week I’m doing the challenge. No cow’s milk for one week. Instead, I will be using Silk Pure Almond Vanilla and Silk Soy Vanilla Light wherever I would normally use regular milk. Stay tuned to see how it goes!

This post is sponsored by Silk through Martha’s Circle. All opinions are my own.


  1. 1

    We switched to soy milk for our daughter after a problem with anemia. She hated it! She would not drink the flavored ones and I had to cut the plain with plain milk to get her to drink it. Then I tried the almond milk at a taste test in the store. It is surprisingly good. She will drink it straight, but only the unsweetened variety. Good luck!

    • Jane Maynard

      I have the sweetened stuff right now…but I do also want to try unsweetened almond milk for SURE. so glad to hear she likes it, I’m adding it to the shopping list! 🙂

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    I have been using almond milk for a year and a half now. I love it. I use blue diamond vanilla almond milk. I did a whole body detox and wasn’t allowed to eat dairy, among many other things. Milk is really the only dairy I still do not consume. But I have to say I don’t miss milk in my cereal, I love using almond milk in my cereal. I even had to use it in making Mac n cheese because we were out of milk and it turned out great. Have fun with your challenge!!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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    My boys are allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, milk and sunflower seeds. We’ve tried a few milk substitutes. I personally enjoy almond milk, but found that it wasn’t safe to have in the house. Soy seems to make diaper changes unbearable. Our favorite product is Ryza. It is rice milk without the fillers that are in most of the milk substitutions. Avoiding sunflower oil, forced us to be particular about our selection. All the best to you as you figure out what works.

    • Jane Maynard

      my hat’s off to you for dealing with nuts, eggs, milk and sunflower allergies simultaneously! you must be super mom!!! I’m putting rice milk on my “next to-try” list

  4. 4

    I had to giv eup cow milk (and all dairy products) when I was nursing my first 3 babies and used soymilk instead. But with my latest little one, I had to take soymilk out too as he is also allergic to that so I am currently using rice milk.
    I like the tast of almond milk but just on its own, not in my tea or other recipes. At first, rice milk seemed very watery (soy is more creamy) but I guess I got used to it as it does not bother me any more.

    And after all these years not drinking cow milk, I must say I really don’t miss it (cheese, on the other hand, is another story…can’t wait to be able to have a little bit 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m with you, I feel like with some tweaking, giving up milk shouldn’t be too hard…but cheese is another store altogether! 😉

      totally going to try rice milk, too!

  5. 5

    almond milk is good, coconut milk is even better! “so delicious” original is my saving grace right now…

  6. 6

    I haven’t tried almond milk of any kind, but I LOVE plain Silk soymilk. It’s especially good in stovetop oatmeal…I’m not sure why, but it adds a sweetness and creaminess that regular milk just doesn’t.

  7. 7

    Other kids are allergic to Soy. And let’s not just assume it is better than milk

    a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association surveyed over 800 adults, ages 20 to 34, who were fed either soy-based or cow’s-milk formulas during their infancy. One of the few differences to emerge was that the group raised on soy formula regularly used more asthma and allergy medications in adulthood. Was this just a quirk of the sampling””or could it represent a subtle impairment of immune function?

    “I don’t know the answer,” says Cooke. “But the point is I don’t think anyone knows. There are 20 million people in the United States alone who have consumed soy formula as infants. When people ask me about doing experiments, I tell them we already are””with a large chunk of the country’s population.”

    • Soybeanlover

      My eldest had problems with dairy for a bit so I fed him soy a lot as a toddler, an he’s got some nasty asthma. It’s caused a lot of problems in our family. It would be interesting to see what other kinds of info comes out.

    • Jane Maynard

      soy allergies are definitely real…and I think soy is on par with corn in terms of production and overuse in product (think michael pollan)…however, moderation in all things and I think it’s worth trying out different options. but I DO appreciate your comment, tom! and, like soybeanlover said, it will be interesting to see what other info will come out…

  8. i love milk… i usually drink cow’s milk, but love almond milk on occasion. silk’s dark chocolate is the best!

  9. 9

    We are an almond milk family here(I make my own, it’s super easy). The fido estrogen in soy messes up my lady clock really bad, so we’ve made the switch. Gotta say, it’s super tasty on cereal. I do miss the cheese and yogurt, but not the runny diapers, and skin rashes it causes. I love the rice dream ice cream sandwiches though whenever we are in the States. Those are fabulous. Hope you are pleasantly surprised.

    Has anyone else noticed a funky aftertaste when using soymilk in pancakes?

  10. 10

    We too are a Almond milk family. My son never liked milk that much but when he tried almond milk, he loved it. He primarily drinks vanilla almond milk, My husband and I drink the unsweetened in smoothies, coffee etc.

    We have not left behind cow milk completely, still eat yogurt, and cheese!


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    Megan Flowers

    Have you tried Goat`s milk? It is supposed to be easier for the body to breakdown. My husband is lactose intolerant and has no problem with Goat`s milk and Goat cheese. It tastes pretty much like milk.

    • Jane Maynard

      I have a good friend who switched to goat’s milk and has really been glad they have, I’ll have to get her to give me a sample! 🙂

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    Jane Maynard

    love all your comments! there are so many milk options, I’m excited to explore some of them for sure! and keep the comments coming, love hearing your feedback!

  13. 13

    I have to confess, I had to spit out the Silk almond milk. Way too nutty. We’re on the paleo diet (three weeks in) and have successfully avoided dairy of all kinds. Surprisingly, I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would.

  14. 14

    You have to try the chocolate soy, it truly is like a milkshake, throw a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter, blend it up, yum-o!!! and so good for you!!

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    Nikki CB

    Mmm, I love silk’s unsweetened soy milk. Haven’t tried their almond milk, so I’ll be interested in your review.

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    I’m personally not a fan of drinking almond milk straight, but I make green monster smoothies for breakfast and it taste fabulous in it. Almond milk gives the smoothie a great consistancy.

  17. 17

    Jane – thanks for being polite and open minded. It is nice to see that not all message boards deteriorate into kindergarten shouting matches.

    • Jane Maynard

      of course! I think yours is a very valid point and something to think about.

      and it’s all about the love! 😉 I think facebook turned into one of those kinder shouting matches yesterday with the planned parenthood stuff….why can’t we all just get along?!?! 😉

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