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Soy Milk vs. Almond Milk

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Put down your cow milk! Two other options are gaining lots of popularity today - soy milk and almond milk. Neither one is derived from animals, so they're naturally free of cholesterol, saturated fat, and lactose. They've got protein and plenty of vitamins and minerals. And, yes, you can still dip cookies in them! 

Soy Milk - 

  • What it is: dried soybeans soaked in water and ground into liquid/milk.
  • Benefits: (more info found here)
    • dairy milk alternative 
    • low-fat (same as 2% in dairy) 
    • 7-10 grams of protein per cup
    • can be fortified with vitamin B-12 and calcium

Almond Milk - 

  • What it is: almonds soaked in water and ground into liquid 
  • Benefits: (more info found here)
    • dairy milk alternative 
    • low-fat (about 2 grams per cup)
    • good source of calcium and vitamin E
    • 30 calories per cup for unsweetened versions

Typically, I reach for almond milk (the unsweetened version) over soy milk, because I consume enough soy in my diet already. Soy and almond milk both come packed with nutrients, so you really can't go wrong if you pick the unsweetened versions. Dairy-free milk is an everyday thing for me - I blend it into smoothies (or nice cream, duh), bake with it, and ask for it in chai lattes. 

Try them both and find your favorite :) cheers!