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Milk It: Silk Fruit & Protein vs. Good Karma Flax Milk

Whether you’re looking to avoid dairy or simply mix up your morning smoothie with something a little different, here are two new non-dairy drinks Tish and Jenn recently tried! Yum…

Silk Fruit&Protein

Oh, Silk. You tried. You really tried. I scooped up each of these fine flavors of Silk Fruit&Protein and was overjoyed by how they tasted. Mmm, a protein drink that isn’t hopped up on lead and other problematic ingredients? I was all for filling the glass up. Then I looked at the nutrition label on the back and that’s when the Debbie Downer music started buzzing in my ears. Only five grams of protein?! This stuff should be called Silk Fruit&ALittleProtein. What’s five grams gonna do? Nothing for little ol’ me! Mama needs protein! Plus each serving size has 24 grams of sugar. Tsk tsk, Silk. Tsk tsk!

good karmaGood Karma Flax Milk

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that during the 8th century, King Charlemagne passed a law requiring his subjects to consume flaxseed because of his belief in its health benefits? (Break that one out at your next party!) Well, turns out Charlemagne was right as flaxseeds are a superfood that may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. And if you’d rather drink your flaxseeds than eat them (they are tiny and hard to bite, and I’m not always a fan of ground  flax unless it’s mixed well into my oatmeal), then flax milk might be for you.

Milder than almond milk, but with a similar nutty and slightly sweet taste, I really liked Good Karma Foods Flax Milk. Free of dairy, lactose, gluten, trans fats, soy and allergens, these milks are also vegan and come in Original, Unsweetened and Vanilla. While my favorite was the Original (Unsweetened didn’t have enough flavor and Vanilla had too much flavor for my taste, but Original was just right), they all have 1,200 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids per serving, along with calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and phosphorus. And while there is no protein in them, they’re all super-low calorie. While Original and Vanilla have 60 calories a cup (and 11 grams of sugar), Unsweetened has just 25 calories a cup (and zero grams of sugar). Dang!—Jenn

In the case of these two choices, we give the nutritional edge to Good Karma Flax Milk. Are you a soymilk girl? Love your flax milk? Digging on almond milk? Stick with good ol’ cow’s milk? Tell us about it! 

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