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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Milk Replacements on the Belly Fat Cure

One of my proudest moments on this diet was way early on a Saturday morning and my boys came in jumping on our bed. "Mom! Dad! Breakfast!" "You can make your own cereal this morning, you're big boys" came the Husband's groggy answer from underneath a pillow. "Daaaaaad! Milk has too much sugar!" as they jumped to the kitchen. "What are they talking about, milk doesn't have any sugar?" asks the groggy milk guzzler. "14 sugars Daaaaad!" came the answer from the other room. And I officially had one less milk drinker in my household.

Milk (skim, low fat and full fat) is out on the Belly Fat Cure. For the options below be sure your container says "UNSWEETENED" and check the refrigerated milk and non-refrigerated soy areas in your store.  Here are a few good milk substitutes:

Unsweetened Almond Milk (USAM) - Jorge Cruise mentions this as a good substitute in the book. Several stores carry the Blue Diamond brand, Target even carries it as a half gallon the refrigerated section. I like to by the unrefrigerated smalled boxes and stock up when I find them on sale. It is available in Original, Vanilla and Chocolate. Whole Foods carries all flavors, while most stores only carry the Vanilla

So Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened - I think this milk replacement tastes a little better than the USAM. Although, every now and then it reminds me of tanning oil, must be the coconut! I have only seen this at Whole Foods next to the regular milk. Turtle Mountain, its maker, has a few other items which are good on the BFC. If you like European drinking yogurt you could try their unsweetened Kefir too.

Unsweetened Soy Milk - There are a few brands of soy milk that have sugar/carb contents that are low enough for the BFC. Silk unsweetened, for example. Many grocery stores carry Silk in the refrigerated section. Just check the cartoon of the soy you want to make sure. Trader Joe's has the Essential Soy Unsweetened that the Husband is now addicted to since giving up milk and it is extremely low in sugar. So why does Jorge push the Almond and not the Soy? He said in class that is because of the GMO in Soy, so limit its use.

Hemp Milk - Hemp milk is a great option if you can find it at 0g Sugar and 1g Carbs. Whole Foods carries a variety of Hemp Milks in the refrigerated section, but I really haven't seen them anywhere else.  I also found the Hemp Milk to be a little pricier then the other options. But according to Dr Andrew Weil it may be a great option for those with nut allergies. My husband also like this one a lot since he is Vegan and recently "off milk". Tempt is the brand we prefer and I'll stock up for I find it on sale. It comes in regular and vanilla unsweetened flavors.

I met Diane over on Jorge's Facebook page and she even suggested making your own from powered milk. You can't make it exactly as directed, because it would still have a lot of sugar, but you can modify it a bit and be okay.


  1. I love So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverages and Kefir! I found the beverages at my local Kroger store, but I do need to go to Whole Foods for the Kefir.

  2. My favorite has the been unsweetened almond milk. They really are creamy and make great protein shakes. From: Suzan K

  3. I like the Silk brand and Almond Breeze too. Never had Hemp. Whole Foods is too far a drive for me to shop there here. :(

  4. It's funny you should write about this today because yesterday in the store I was checking the fact labels on the Almond Breeze Original and Almond Breeze Unsweetened and I noticed under the Nutritional Fact Label that they each have the same sugar/carb ratio, except when I read the ingredient section. I've been using the Unsweetened on my cereal (Uncle Sam's) and it's taste better cold. Since the sugar/carb ratio is the same is the Original okay to have on the BFC, or does it have something in it that makes it off limits. Thanks Amber if you know this.

  5. Kasey-I think you may have gotten confused when you looked at the Almond Breeze Labels. I just looked up on their website for the nutritional values and this is what it said:

    8 Oz. Original Sweetened 7g Sugar; 8g Carbs, 1g fiber.

    8 Oz. Original Unsweetend 0g Sugar; 2g Carbs, 1g fiber.

    It's easy to get them mixed up when you look at them since the containers are very similar but you may have been comparing unsweetened original to unsweetened vanilla or something like that.

  6. Thanks Amber for checking on this. Good thing I went with the one Jorge recommended, UNSWEETENED! Yikes, quite of bit of difference I'd say... BTW-into my third week and I've lost about 2 lb. a week so far and it hasn't been a struggle to find the right type of foods. Just following all your recommendations on your site, and the BFC book as well. I better pay closer attention to the nutritional values in the future :)

  7. Today I did get back to the Health Food Store in town, and now I see I was holding both the "Unsweetened" Original, and the "Unsweetened" Vanilla Almond Breeze. It's no wonder they have the same nutritional values. I also picked up the Chocolate Almond Breeze, "UNSWEETENED" of course to give it a try. Tomorrow is my best friends birthday, and she is getting the B.F.C because I want her to be around in our "old age"!

  8. I tried the So Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened - and I thought it was DISGUSTING Blachy.
    I do love the Unsweetened Almond Breeze vanilla and chocolate.
    Never tried the Hemp or silk.
    Have a great day :-)

  9. Hello, Everyone. I have been using this brand of Coconut Milk for several months. I found it at our local WalMart. Just look on the very bottom refrigerated shelf in the milk aisle. The sweetened is very delicious but has too many calories. Great in smoothies.

    Pam in virginia

  10. Hi! :) I've been reading your blog from the very beginning and felt compelled to comment on this post! I'm trying Whole Foods 365 Organic Rice milk right now with Weetabix in the morning. I like it better than unsweetened coconut milk, but I can't decide if I like it better than almond milk yet. ;) It has 10g of carbs in a serving, but gives you 6g fiber and 0g sugar.

    It would add too much carbs to stay in the 5/2 limit with some cereal, but with Weetabix (29g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugar for a total of 39g carbs and 10g fiber and only 1g sugar!) it's good and I like the added fiber!