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Friday Food Fact: Almond Milk and Recipe for an easy Fruit Pop!

Guest Post by: Kensey Goebel, Nutrition and Foods student at the University of Texas Austin

Did you know that almond milk is made simply by soaking almonds in water?  Almond milk is a healthy alternative to regular milk for those will milk allergies or intolerances because it is lower in calories and fat and a good source of vitamins and minerals.  Almond milk can be found in unsweetened, flavored with vanilla, and sweetened varieties and can be used for almost anything that cows milk can be used for.

Why should you look at the nutritional value? Calories give your body energy but your body only needs a certain amount per day. If you consume too many calories it could be negative for your body because those calories aren’t used. Almond milk is lower in fat than regular milk. Fat can be stored in your body and cause weight gain. While almond milk is lower in protein than regular milk, it is usually not a problem in a normal diet. Most people receive enough protein through other sources such as meat and beans.

Nutritional facts:

Almond Milk vs 2% Milk (per 8 oz serving)

Calories: 40 vs 122

Fat- 3 g vs 5 g

Saturated Fat- 0 vs 3 g

Protein- 1 g vs 8 g

Vitamin A- 10% vs 1%

Calcium- 20% vs 29%

 

Try almond milk by making these fruit pops:

Get your favorite fruit (like strawberries and bananas) and cut them into small pieces. Add them into small plastic cups and pour almond milk on top, and place them in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes.  When they are partially frozen, add a Popsicle stick and continue to freeze. Super easy and very yummy!

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