Ever since I returned from the Garden of Life Blogger Summit I’ve been on a quest to change how I eat. I’d already started the journey, but the information I learned during my trip solidified my resolve and changes have been made even in the short amount of time since I returned.
One such change is actively and consistently seeking out the USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verification labels on products I purchase. I can’t do a sweeping change all at once because money BUT gradually over time I’m switching stuff out and trying new items.
One such item is the new cashew milk from Silk, a brand I’d previously ignored because I associated them with soy milk, in my mind soy milk contains carrageenan (Silk’s does), carrageenan gives me headaches and other bad feelings , so no Silk brand for me (even though I’m fully aware they make several non-soy options).
So the other day I’m in the grocery store when my smoothie-loving-every-day-making self notices this beauty right here:
I was so impressed with the Non GMO Project Verification label jumping off the front that I had to buy it.
Here’s what I posted on Instagram:
“🌰🍶Just tried this. Ok in smoothie but strange taste when drank solo. 😣 Slightly creamier than rice milk (which tastes better), way less creamy than almond milk (which tastes WAY better). Either way I’m gonna use this up in my smoothies. Impressed to see #nongmo project verified.🌿 “
I actually had unsweetened rice milk (Kirkland Signature brand) and unsweetened almond milk (Great Value brand) on hand so I lined them all up and tasted them back to back hence my analysis. #smoothielife
Others commented on the photo saying they were also disappointed in the taste but some said they loved the new cashew milk solo and thought it was creamy and wonderful. I was confused because I knew what I was tasting was watery and weird but when I dug deeper I realized they were buying the sweetened and/or vanilla version. I decided to leave it at that, finish the box in my smoothies (which I did and was it great … 25 calories per serving #heythereslimting) and had no intention of purchasing it again.
Then this happened
Ok so curiosity killed the cat but not me, I’m still alive and typing this blog post. #winning 🏆
I just couldn’t walk past that huge Non GMO Project Verified label in the supermarket so I bought it. Something about knowing I’m not eating Frankenfood makes me dish out duckets. If you didn’t catch the difference, this is the Silk Sweetenend Vanilla Cashew Milk.
Anyhoo … this is what I had to say on Instagram:
“🌰🍶Said I wasn’t gonna repurchase after the 1st box I tried of the new #nongmo #cashewmilk from Silk but decided to give sweetened vanilla version a go. WOW what a difference! 🙌The unsweetened non-flavored version was fine in smoothies but strange tasting when drank solo. This version is epic in smoothies and great tasting alone. It’s also thicker & much more creamy than it’s unsweetened unvanillaed counterpart. Still prefer almond milk overall (especially if choosing between unsweetened milks) but this is a doable option and non-gmo project verified to boot. 🌿 🍃”
Not bad huh?
Immediately after I posted I was asked if there was carrageenan in it? Amazingly another commenter responded to the question before I could with “more than likely”. I checked the label and figured Silk was getting a bad rap (of their own doing I might add, I’m not the one that added carrageenan to their other product and gave us all PCSD*).
To redeem them (and answer the question) I posted this:
to the glee of the original question-asker and myself (since if I’m being honest I didn’t even check #notwinning). I noticed no bad feels upon consuming the 1st box and none so far while consuming this sweetened vanilla situation. It is definitely more drinkable if that’s what you’re into, and noticeably creamy and unctuous #iwatchchopped #foodnetwork.
If you’re curious the ingredients of the 1st box pictured, the unsweetened unflavored version are:
INGREDIENTS: Cashewmilk (Filtered Water, Cashews), Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Almond Butter, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Gellan Gum, Ascorbic Acid,
VITAMINS & MINERALS: Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2.
Hope this helps. Have you tried the new cashew milk from Silk? What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below. 🌰🍶
*PCSD =Post Carrageenan Stress Disorder**
** I made that up