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by Ada on April 1, 2010

Hello everyone, happy Humpday :) This morning I arose at 5:30AM and headed to swim practice where we completed a lovely 4,000 yards. Today’s workout consisted of:
Warm Up:
150 freestyle swim
Repeat four times.
Main Set:
1X200 freestyle fast
2X150 pull freestyle with middle 50 back
3X100 descend freestyle on fast interval
4X50 IM order kick
Repeat three times
After practice I headed to class from 9AM straight through 5:30PM with a one hour break. My eats were the usual daily fare, but I did pack up a pretty amazing snack. I know you all love oats-in-a-jar, but what about carrots in an almost empty hummus container? This was the perfect protein-packed snack and was also highly portable.

For dinner I met my friend at Community Food and Juice, a mecca of organic fare situated near campus. This restaurant always has a wait list as people pile into the small space. I am always drawn in by the concept of organic, sustainable food, but, unfortunately, the food is consistently sub-par.

For an appetizer my friend and I shared the zucchini-scallion pancakes, which consisted of a nice, crunchy exterior filled with a smooth, almost creamy interior.
For my main entree, I selected the platter of three side dishes, since my friend warned me not to order a rice bowl. For my sides I selected the maple glazed carrots, shaved brussel sprouts, and sauteed greens. If there’s a common thread uniting the dishes at Community, it is definitely butter. And lots of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the creamy taste of the fresh, farm-churned spread, but sometimes enough is enough. Every single dish I’ve sampled at Community has been swimming in salted butter, which overpowers any other flavor in the dish.
Given the lovely weather, my friend and I meandered down to the 96th St. The Lite Choice. I ordered a wafer cone of vanilla topped with cookie crunch topping. Oh the simple things in life that make you happy:)
When I returned home, I needed a drink. No, not that type of drink, but this one:
The new Silk almond milk! As an almond milk enthusiast, I was more than thrilled when Silk contacted me to sample their new milk. I tend to avoid traditional cow milk because the lactose causes my skin to break out and leaves me with an uncomfortable stomach. Almond milk also has great nutritional merit and contains antioxidants, as much calcium and vitamin D as cow milk, vitamin E, and NO cholesterol or saturated fat. Sounds like a super drink to me!
When I sampled the vanilla Silk almond milk (courtesy of a free coupon provided by the company), I was more than impressed. I am accustomed to watery almond milk, but this was super rich and creamy, almost like a milkshake! I generally purchase unsweetened almond milk, but selected the vanilla one as a special treat. Boy am I glad I did, because it is super delicious;)
Thank you, kind people at Silk, for providing me with such a great sample!!!
How would you like to try the new Silk almond milk for yourself? The winner will receive a coupon for one half gallon of the beverage and one highly fashionable ChicoBag to tote around your groceries.
To enter, simply leave a comment stating your favorite way to utilize almond milk. Mine is definitely in fruitalicious smoothies!
*Note**This giveaway is open to US residents only.
You have until tomorrow evening to enter the contest. Good luck:)

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

platipus329 April 1, 2010 at 1:53 am

I love it in chocolate avocado pudding


marathonmaiden April 1, 2010 at 1:55 am

i've never had almond milk so i have no idea how to utilize it! but smoothies sound like a great idea :)

and carrots and hummus!! i haven't had this in FAR too long


Jess April 1, 2010 at 1:56 am

That "milk" sounds good! I love creamy drinks. My favorite way? I've only used it like once so I don't really know!
<3 jess


Jenny April 1, 2010 at 2:00 am

I love almond milk in stove-top oatmeal! And regular cereal as well:)


chicslim April 1, 2010 at 3:15 am

Truth be told I have never bought Almond milk to experiment wih. But I was at Whole Foods the other day and they were giving samples and I feel in love with it! I could defintley see myself making some YUMMY RICE PUDDING with it!:) Oooooo and also adding as a creamer to my morning coffe and tea!;)


Alex S. April 1, 2010 at 4:10 am

I'd like to use the almond milk to make breakfast smoothies- almond milk blended with frozen bing cherries and maybe a hint of agave nectar. Then again, it might make a nice addition to my gluten free (and butter free because I use banana instead of butter) walnut brownies :)


Katie April 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm

That restaurant looks SO GOOD. Now that I know about it, I will not rest until I go! Hehe.

I would love to try this almond milk! I like using it in smoothies, cereals, and hot chocolate!


Gabriela April 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

As much as I love butter, I don't like when it's flavor is overpowering!! I love the idea of that restaurant, though.

I love almond milk in cereal!!


Lindsey April 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I love almond milk in oatmeal!


Ryan April 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I love it in Kashi cereal!!


Emily April 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Oats, definitely. I actually add it after I take the oats out of the microwave. Adds so much creaminess compared to just water!


Maggie April 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I warm up my almond milk and put it over a flax flakes cereal..makes the best mush ever!!



jaclyn April 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I always use unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my cereal on top of frozen fruit–such a great combo!


Alisha April 2, 2010 at 2:20 am

i want to try it in my smoothies and oatmeals!


THE ACTORS DIET April 2, 2010 at 4:21 am

i love making hot cocoa with almond milk.


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