I am LOVING almond milk, which is made from ground almonds. I finally bought some the other day when I was at the grocery store, Silk Pure Almond in the Original flavor. First off, it actually tastes really good and doesn’t leave that nasty film in your mouth that dairy milk does. Second, it doesn’t spoil as quickly (a definite plus for when Jamie is gone) so less waste. Third, it has considerably fewer calories than fat free dairy milk (60 calories per cup versus 80 calories per cup of fat free dairy). Although almond milk has 2.5 grams of fat per serving, it’s the good-for-you unsaturated fats. It also has fewer carbs (sugar) than regular milk. It also has no cholesterol, whereas even fat free milk has 5 mg. It also has the antioxidant Vitamin E that regular milk doesn’t have and contains more calcium, too. You can also substitute it cup for cup in place of milk in baking and cooking. Its only drawback, in my opinion, is that almond milk has only 1 gram protein versus 8 grams in dairy milk. But when I’m strength training, I’m taking in whey protein powder anyway, so that shouldn’t be a big deal.
snowy blog December 2, 2010
i’ve had quite a blustery blog the past few days. i forget how i added “snow” to my blog last year. i put some code in somewhere, i think. but the awesome thing is that it just started back up snowing on its own this december, without me having to change anything! i wonder if it’ll stop at a certain time…if not, we may have snow in the forecast this summer!
it has been in the 20’s and 30’s since i got back from my trip to the mountains. i wish it had been that cold there so Ober Gatlinburg would have had snow machines going. i really want to try skiing or snowboarding. that would have been so much fun! but even here, if it’s going to be this cold, i wish we’d get a little snow to play in, at least for a few days. if we get a decent amount of snow (which hasn’t happened in some years), i will turn right back into a kid again, bundle up and run out into it, make snowmen and snowwomen, have snowball fights, make snowangels in the snow, and make snow ice cream. and i can sit for hours mesmerized by snowflakes falling. you’d think with all this talk that i love snow and winter, but honestly, i don’t want it that cold for very long. i am a true southern girl and love my hot weather!