I can’t remember exactly when Spencer and I switched from skim milk to almondmilk. It’s been over a year.
It started initially because we couldn’t use the skim milk fast enough when he was in-season & traveling so much. Almondmilk has a longer shelf life. Then, I started reading about the benefits of reducing dairy intake. Plus, the Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original version is only 30 calories per cup compared to 80 calories in a serving of skim milk. And, it has 50% more calcium.
Once we switched, we haven’t looked back. Here are a couple recipes where I have used almondmilk.
Light Chocolate Almond Pudding Pops
Tis’ the season for resolutions. The holidays were filled with calorie-laden treats (at least they were for me!), and it’s tough to turn down decadent desserts & dishes. However, with the new year upon us, it’s time to tighten up our nutritional goals.
Does this mean eliminating sweets? I hope not! We can find ways to satisfy our sweet tooth while adhering to our wellness resolutions.
Chocolate can still be enjoyed in a much lighter version. For this pudding popsicle recipe, I have reduced the calories by substituting Unsweetened Vanilla Silk Pure Almondmilk for dairy milk. Choosing sugar-free and fat-free additions also keeps the calorie count down.
Here is what you will need:
2 c. Unsweetened Vanilla Silk Pure Almondmilk
1 packet of sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix (or flavor of your choice)
1 – 10 oz. container of fat-free whipped cream
¼ c. of almonds (optional)
Add almonds to food processor to break down into bits.
Whisk almondmilk & pudding mix together until the mixture thickens. Fold in whipped cream, then add in almond bits.
Spoon into Dixie cups and add a Popsicle stick. Set in freezer for 3-4 hours.
Nutritional Info per popsicle:
Total Fat 1.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 1.5 mg
Sodium 198.9 mg
Potassium 186.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
Sugars 15.8 g
Silky Vanilla Spinach Pancakes
In the summer, I down protein packed smoothies daily. The hot weather calls for it! However, on chilly, winter mornings, nothing seems to hit the spot like hot pancakes: the ultimate comfort food. However, you don’t want to break your calorie bank first thing in the morning, do you?
Rather than cooking the traditional pancake with dairy milk & flour, I have increased the nutritional punch of this recipe by substituting Unsweetened Vanilla Silk Pure Almondmilk in place of dairy milk and adding protein powder and spinach. Don’t be wary of the green color of your pancakes, the spinach isn’t detectable by taste, only color!
I favor fueling with these pancakes before a long distance run or after an intense CrossFit workout. You can even make them in advance, so you are prepared to start your day with a healthy, nutrient dense meal.
You will need the following:
¾ c. vanilla protein powder
½ c. Unsweetened Vanilla Silk Almondmilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 c. of fresh spinach
Blend ingredients and cook mixture on medium heat in a non-stick pan. Flip pancake to other side when bubbles appear.
Top with honey, cinnamon or your favorite nut butter! Makes 6 generous pancakes.
Nutritional Information per pancake:
Total fat: 2.6 g
Cholesterol: 83 mg
Sodium: 272 mg
Total Carbs: 2g
Fiber: .2 g
Sugars: .7 g
Protein: 10 g
We use almondmilk exclusively now. There are so many recipes out there that incorporate this ingredient that is lactose free and vegan friendly option. If you visit Silk Pure Almondmilk’s facebook page, you will see inventive ways to use almondmilk from some of my fellow FitFluential ambassadors. So creative!
The Silk Pure Almondmilk website also has a recipe database as a resource!
*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.