Friday, February 8, 2013

Think what you will: I buy Silk Milk

It’s all right. I’ll admit it. I drink and use both the almond and soy varieties of Silk Milk in many of my recipes. I don’t mind if some folks have an impression that I’m a tree-hugging, granola eating, emotion-feeling new-ager who lives in artsy, eclectic Village of Warwick, New York, not that there's anything wrong with that. Admittedly, I wrote a children’s book, Father Like a Tree, I actually have a granola recipe, and I do advocate for “keeping it real” when it comes how a guy feels.

On the other hand, I am also the guy who'd been offered letters of intent to play baseball and football in college - I cannot currently recollect or, as a 46 year old man, even conceive the reasons I didn’t play; maybe I have more in common with J.D. Drew than I previously thought; I have harvested a wild pig - no pork tastes better than wild pork; and, while hunting deer in Rhode Island and after running out of slugs for my 12 gauge semi-automatic, I dispatched a deer with my bare hands - it’s a long story.
I buy Silk Milk.
Also an advocate of a healthy lifestyle for single fathers and their children, I have a suggestion: when you’re cooking, switch cow’s milk for Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. (No, I’m not on Silk’s payroll.)

Here’s the deal: Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk contains 90 fewer calories per cup than 2% cow’s milk, has more calcium, less fat, no cholesterol, and significantly higher values of vitamins D, E, B12[i][ii]. Don’t get me started on the developmental and evolutionary reasons that adults should limit their intake of dairy. And, if life is a “game of inches,” as I have suggested, saving 90 calories per cup in every recipe, e.g., pancakes, oatmeal, sausage gravy, etc., a single dad can save thousands of calories for his family every year by making the switch. At least as important, no one will even notice. I’ve done the research. 
So, think what you will. Let other folks thingkwhat they will about single father parenting, nutrition, and whether or not you are a soy milk drinking tree hugger, not that there’s anything wrong with that. You’ll make your decisions. You’ll live your life. You’ll make the small, consistent improvements in your life to maintain a healthy lifestyle in which both you and your children will flourish.
Stay tuned for some great recipes that include Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk as an ingredient.

[i] “Silk Unsweetened Original Almond Milk.” Accessed 2/7/13.
[ii] “Nutrition Facts: Milk, reduced fat, fluid, 2% milkfat, with added vitamin A.” Self Nutrition Data. Accessed 2/7/13.

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