Success!!! After five years of duking it out over milk alternatives the EHH and I have both finally found one that we both love! The man-candy has never really been a (dairy) milk drinker, so that was certainly helpful when our kitchens first united. However, as mentioned before, he can be as picky as a toddler when it comes to food. No joke.
Over the last few years we’ve fumbled our way through probably eight or nine different milk alternatives trying to find one that we both could agree upon, and I think we’ve done it! While we both like our organic unsweetened original almond milk, (quite the mouthful, I know) when we can find it we will happily spend the extra dollar or two and spring for the Good Karma Flax Milk.
Through all of my veg years I have never found a milk that was so much like it’s dairy counterpart! I would say it’s comparable to 1% dairy milk in viscosity and mouth-feel, but the most remarkable thing is it’s neutral flavor. I admit, when I first tried flax milk I was super hesitant, thinking that it would have a strong ‘nutty’ flavor, but nope! Somehow that flavor doesn’t transfer over into the final product at all. I use my Good Karma Flax Milk in both sweet and savory dishes (we only buy the unsweetened), in my baking, on cereal, and anywhere one would use dairy milk. This stuff is amazing!
Other awesomeness includes the fact that it’s chalk full of omega 3 fatty acids (since it’s made from flax), AND one cup contains only 25 calories! It’s 1% dairy counterpart comes in at a whopping 102 calories per cup and contains 2 g of saturated fat. Talking calcium, the flax milk is fortified to contain 30% of your RDA in one cup vs. dairy milk which contains 29% of your RDA, so let’s call that a wash.
Drinking milk for the protein? Great, you can have that one, you won’t find any in flax milk. But know that almost all Americans consume at least 2 x’s their daily RDA of protein, which can lead to osteoporosis, hormone imbalance, diseases of the colon, and a poorly functioning liver. (One should consume a MAXIMUM of 60 grams of protein per day.)
And one of the things I always put milk on is my hot cereals in the morning! These spring mornings aren’t quite warm enough yet for me to start my day with cold foods, but I’ve been needing to expand my reach beyond oatmeal and leftover grain porridges. (I would way rather have a sweet breakfast than a savory one!) While these are super healthy and filling, they can get a bit monotonous…
So having just finished my first box of the Arrowhead Mills Quinoa Rice & Shine I can officially say that I’m a happy camper. This gluten free cereal gives me flashbacks to my childhood being fed Malt-0-meal (AKA malted oatmeal, not GF btw) for breakfast. The texture and consistency are almost exactly the same (think cream of wheat), the cooking time is only a few minutes, but it does have that nutty quinoa flavor.
Some mornings I embraced that flavor, and worked with it by adding things like maple extract, cinnamon and apples, or my personal fav: bananas with cinnamon and allspice…kinda like banana bread in a bowl. YUM!! But then there were the mornings where I didn’t feel like making much of an effort, and ultimately would have been happier with my oatmeal.
I do like that there’s only 2 ingredients listed on the box: organic quinoa flakes, and organic brown rice. That’s it! So you get all of the fiber and nutrients of brown rice and quinoa with the added bonus of a complete protein all cooked up and creamy in your bowl. This is a great substitute for those of you that miss your wheat-based hot cereals.
I’m still working my through some other GF hot cereals, but I think I’ll return to the Quinoa Rice & Shine again, but only when I have time in the mornings to make it with a little extra something.
What are some of the other cereals out there that you think I should know about?