I grew up drinking coconut water from street vendors in Jamaica - chopped with a machete right in front of you, and then cut in half once you were finished drinking, so you could scoop out the coconut jelly and eat it ... oh memories. I also grew up using coconut milk in dishes like rice & peas, but that usually came in a can. My how times have changed - I've seen a few companies starting to sell half-gallon containers of CoconutMilk, and it seems that people are using it in many more ways. It's been on my agenda to try for a while, and I finally got around to it when I purchased Silk PureCoconut Original CoconutMilk.
I was probably biased against liking this product - but it totally surprised me! The taste is pleasant with the characteristic aroma and flavor of coconuts - totally authentic. I had it by itself and I would much prefer to drink Silk PureCoconut straight than either rice or almond milk. But I must confess, while the 1st thought that popped into my head was how good this was, the 2nd and following thoughts were all about what kind of liquors this would go well with! And for the record - clearly mixing it with Kahlua is the obvious choice, but I think this is going to make some stellar mixed drinks.
But back to foods! I also hooked up my morning cereal (a mixture of Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat Cereal and Chia Goodness Apple Almond Cinnamon Cereal), with this coconutmilk and it was amazing - both the combination of cereals and with the addition of coconutmilk.
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Eggnog is one of my favorite Christmas foods - it's one of those things that, since you can't buy it any other time of the year, makes the season feel special. Still, it's one of the worst possible things for you -eggs, cream, and (traditionally) liquor. While I usually opt for alcohol-free versions, the calories and fat are still astronomical. I've seen Silk Nog on shelves for the past couple of years now, but not being a soy-milk person, have always resisted trying it. But this year, trying to be more open-minded, I decided that I would finally break down and give it a go.
When I went to pour myself a glass, I shook the carton up, popped the top off, and poured myself a serving. I knew immediately that there would be no mistaking this for regular eggnog - it's very, very thin. Thinner-than-whole-milk thin. This was a disappointing discovery, as after all, eggnog's thickness is one of its trademarks. Not letting my disappointment deter me, I sprinkled a bit of nutmeg on top (a tradition that even the carton recommends) and took a sip. It has a surprisingly rich and creamy flavor, and is sweet, but not too sweet. Amazingly, I could not detect any "beaniness" to this Nog at all - if I didn't know better, I'd probably think it were real dairy!
Silk Live Key Lime Soy Yogurt has been previously reviewed so I sort of knew what to expect from the brand. Still, when I bought Silk Live Strawberry Soy Yogurt, I don't think I was entirely prepared for the experience of this soy yogurt. Like the Key Lime flavor, the color of this Strawberry Soy Yogurt was a bit off. I was expecting the bright pink color so characteristic of other strawberry yogurts, but this was a sort of dusty rose color. Other than that, everything else about this yogurt was on point!
The smell was overwhelmingly strawberry and when I took a taste, I noticed that the flavor was incredibly natural - there was nothing off about this. It tasted like REAL strawberries, not any artificial flavor. Maybe that's because strawberries are the third ingredient! Oh my wow, this was so good . Throw out any pre-conceived notions about what you think soy yogurt will taste like, and just prepare yourself to enjoy some creamy, berry, yogurt goodness.
After a positive experience with Silk Light Original Soymilk, I decided to try Silk Light Vanilla Soymilk too. I prefer Vanilla-flavored non-dairy beverages for straight consumption, so I thought I would probably prefer this to the original. I saw a 1/2 gallon carton for $2.99 on sale, which wasn't bad at all.
I poured myself a little bit of this milk and drank it straight. I have to admit, although I was previously on the fence about Silk, this stuff was great. The vanilla flavor was a really nice touch, not at all overpowering. It was delicious by itself, and mixed with cereal, which I tried later. I even tried making pudding out of this and found it was delicious.
Nutritionally, this is pretty similar to regular skim milk (although it's flavored). Each 1 cup serving provides 80 calories, 2 grams of fat, 4% of the daily value for sodium, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, 6 grams of protein. There is also a host of vitamins and minerals including 50% of the daily value for vitamin B12 and 30% for calcium, vitamin D, and riboflavin.
The ingredients in Silk Light Vanilla Soymilk include, all natural soymilk (Filtered Water, Soy Flour), All Natural Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12.
I recently tried Silk Soymilk again to find that I like it way more than I remember. In fact, given how hard 8th Continent Light Soymilk is to find at some grocery stores near me, Silk may be edging in for the lead in terms of soymilks that I buy. I was curious about the new Silk Heart Health Soymilk, which according to the company's website, combines the benefits of soy protein and phytosterols, thus providing heart-healthy benefits. Sounds good to me and at $2.99 per 1/2 gallon, the cost definitely wasn't prohibitive.
I poured myself a cup of this milk and took a sip. To be honest, I didn't notice much of a taste difference between this and the Light variety, although it might have a bit heartier of a flavor. It's smooth and vanilla-y, which is all I really need in a soymilk. I love this plain, in coffee, in smoothies, on cereal, and the list goes on and on. Given the delicious taste but lack of "light" on the package, I worried about the calories; that is, until I turned the package over.
Each 1 cup serving of Silk Vanilla Heart Health Soymilk provides 80 calories, 1.5 grams of total fat, 5% of the daily value for sodium, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, 6 grams of protein. There is also 50% of the DV for vitamin B12 and 30% for calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin
Although I usually get 8th Continent Light Soymilk, I decided to try Silk Light Original flavor instead, especially since I couldn't find 8th Continent at the grocery stores nearby. Silk says, "Feel strong naturally with Silk Light Original - signature Silk smoothness and wholesome nutrition for just 70 awesome calories per serving. 6 mighty grams of nourishing soy protein to help keep you satisfied well beyond breakfast."
I like this flavor, though not as much as 8th Continent Light Original. It's got a little bit of that "soy milk" taste, but not much at all. I think I'd prefer a vanilla-flavored type for consumption alone, but this was great for cooking and on cereal.
As mentioned before, each 1 cup serving of Silk Light Original Soymilk provides 70 calories, 3% of the daily value for total fat, no saturated fat, 5% of the DV for sodium, 1 gram of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein. There is also 50% of the DV for vitamin B12 and 30% for calcium, vitamin D, and riboflavin.