If you've been clean eating for a while now, then you know it's better to use Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream, almond milk instead of regular milk, and Ezekiel bread instead of wheat, but do you know why? I think it's really important to not only eat clean, but know why you do what you do. Over the next few weeks I'll do my best to explain some of the reasoning behind the food choices we make. Today we'll have a quick chat about almond milk.
Many people look to milk alternatives only if they are lactose intolerant, meaning the body doesn't produce enough of the lactase enzyme which is responsible for digesting the lactose (sugar) in milk. This was the case for me, but as it turns out cutting regular milk out of your diet can be very beneficial whether you are lactose intolerant or not. The biggest reason to make the switch is because of the sugar. To keep belly fat at bay, I try to keep my sugar intake under 30 grams a day, including any fruit I may eat. Sugar is the number one culprit for belly fat, so if you are struggling in that area it may be something to look in to. Even skim milk has 12g of sugar per 8 ounces... that's more than 1/3 of what I have in an entire day just in 8 tiny ounces!
You don't have to worry about missing out on the vitamins you get from cows milk, because almond milk is full of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium just to name a few. You're also not consuming any sugar, and less than half the calories of skim milk. (Just make sure you're buying the unsweetened version.) I won't lie, Almond milk took some time for me to get used to. At first it just tasted a little funny to me, and I would rather not do milk at all than have it. But, as I started incorporating it in little bits here and there, it started to grow on me, and now, well I think the picture speaks for itself :)
My favorite brand is Blue Diamond, Almond Breeze and I always get the unsweetened vanilla. It's great for oats, baking, protein shakes, coffee, and of course chugging straight out of the carton which I admittedly do at least once a day. I love it!
Do you drink a milk alternative or stick with cows milk?