BLOG: Have you noticed anything different on the shelves of your local Stewart’s Shop?
Take a closer look and you may find that your neighborhood store has started to carry almond milk, a non-dairy substitute for our favorite Stewart’s product. Stewart’s Shops has decided to provide Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk as an additional option for those customers who cannot tolerate traditional dairy products.
What is Almond Milk? Almond milk is made by soaking ground almonds in water to create a thin, creamy texture and nutty flavor. Almond milk is often well tolerated by individuals with a milk allergy or who suffer from lactose intolerance.
From a dietary perspective, almond milk is a fairly decent substitute for traditional and nutrient-dense dairy foods. Similar to Stewart’s Low Fat Milk, unsweetened almond breeze is low in calories, but high in magnesium, potassium, calcium and Vitamin D. Because almond milk is made from nuts, it is also a source of heart healthy fats and Vitamin E. Almond milk may also be an appropriate substitute for those with diabetes as it provides only one gram of carbohydrate per cup. On the other hand, almond milk contains significantly less protein than Stewart’s dairy products. One cup of Stewart’s milk provides eight grams of protein, enough to slow digestion and stabilize blood sugar, keeping you full throughout the day. Additionally, almond milk may not be an appropriate choice for infants or those with nut allergies.
What do I recommend?
Both traditional dairy and non-dairy substitutes can be included as part of a healthy diet. However, due to allergy or intolerance, those who are looking for a non-dairy substitute should consider stopping into their local Stewart’s Shop. At Stewart’s, you will find unsweetened options, rather than the sugary alternatives that can provide up to fifteen grams of added sugars (not the same natural sugar found in dairy foods!). However, always consume almond milk with a source of protein, such as eggs or nuts, in order to get the full benefit of traditional dairy.
So whether you are looking for fresh, award-winning dairy products or an equivalent nutritional substitute, stop into Stewart’s for a carton of your favorite milk. If you opt for non-dairy almond milk, pick up a carton of local eggs, or car-cup of mixed nuts, as a source of protein all in one convenient stop!
-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.