Soy, Almond, or Skim ?

Soy, Almond, or Skim ?

What shake should I get after my workout?!?! We hear this question a lot from Big Sky members. Let’s say you order a Peanut Butter Dream or a Chocolate Thunder. Great choice, but the decisions don’t end there.  Now you have to decide what kind of milk you’d like. We have skim, almond and soy milk available for you to choose from.
Each type of milk has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on a person’s diet, nutritional needs, or personal taste.  There are a lot of varieties out there, and each one brings to the table a different nutritional profile.  Here’s the skinny on milk facts that may help you decide next time you’re asked which you’d prefer.

Pros: Fat-free milk has all the nutritional benefits of whole milk. It’s a good source of protein (8g), calcium (50% DV), vitamins and minerals and is only 80 calories per 8oz serving. 

Cons: The absorption of some vitamins may be diminished by the lack of fat. Dairy milk is also a common allergen for many children and adults.

Pros: Almond milk is made from ground almonds and is lower in calories than other milks as long as it is UNSWEETENED. It’s also free of cholesterol, saturated fat, and is naturally lactose free. 
Cons: Even though almonds are a good source of protein, almond milk is not. Almond milk is also not a good source of calcium. However, many brands are supplemented with calcium (45% DV) and Vitamin D. Babies and those allergic to almonds or nuts should avoid almond milk.
Fun Fact:  In 2014, almond milk surpassed soy milk as the most popular “non-animal milk product”, according to The Boston Globe.

Soy milk is made from soy beans. It’s a popular milk alternative for vegans and for those who are lactose intolerant. 

Pros: Soy milk contains 4 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein per 8oz serving, and also 25% DV of calcium. 
Cons: Too much soy may be a problem for those with thyroid conditions. A 2008 Harvard study showed that higher intakes of soy based products can cause fertility problems and lower sperm count. 

So what kind of milk would you like?  Well, we can’t make that decision for you, but hopefully this info helped.  Next time you order an Big Sky Blendz, you’ll be able to make the choice that’s best for you!

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