Monday, October 7, 2013

Quinoa Milk - New Non-Dairy Milk Option

Reminder: I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, physician, etc.  I am a mother, always on the lookout for safe options for my daughter.  Please feel free to consult a professional for further guidance.

I found a new non-dairy milk at Whole Foods Market - Suzie's Quinoa Milk.  I explained my daughter's food allergies in an email to customer service, to which they replied, "Quinoa Milk is gluten free, soy, rice and nut free."  I asked a follow-up question and was told that cow's milk was not made on the same line.

I bought a carton of the Vanilla, since that is usually my daughter's preferred flavor.  They also have Unsweetened and Unsweetened Vanilla, but no "Original".  I noticed that it does not contain carrageenan, which I know is an ingredient that gives some pause.   The Unsweetened variety does not contain organic evaporated cane juice and the Unsweetened Vanilla does not contain that, nor "natural vanilla flavor with other natural flavors".  

I gave her a little taste and she said it was, "very sweet" and "very vanilla-y"...I tried a little taste and it was, indeed, very "vanilla-y".  It seemed like it would be perfect for use in baking, but I don't think my daughter will want it for regular drinking.  She has asked me to mix it in with her hemp milk, but we haven't tried that, yet.  In any event, it's a new option that could be safe for you and/or your child and I wanted to share!

It's available at our Whole Foods, but the company's Facebook page also mentioned that it was available via Amazon.  

I will update my post, Non-Dairy Milk Comparisons with the Food-Allergic Child in Mind, when I have a chance, but in the meantime, I think you can see that it is probably not the #1 choice as the primary source for a little one's nutritional needs, as it has very little fat, but safety sometimes trumps ideal nutritional makeup.  I think it's close to the profile for rice milk.  It's always good to have a wide variety of non-dairy milks available, so welcome to the club, quinoa!

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