Have you seen the June issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray? International Delight® Light Mocha Iced Coffee and Silk® Vanilla Iced Latte were featured in an article titled “Iced Java in a Jiffy” that advises readers to “skip the lines and budget-busting prices at the coffee shop this summer”.
International Delight Light Mocha Iced Coffee: “With just a hint of coffee, this grown-up chocolate milk is rich and sweet, yet weighs in at only 100 calories per cup.”
Silk Vanilla Iced Latte: “The slightly sweet flavor of vanilla soy milk comes with a nice kick courtesy of premium arabica-bean coffee.”
Get your iced java fix at home this summer, folks. Cheers.
We know it’s hard to find time to go grocery shopping, let alone read all of the labels while you’re at the store. we have good news for you – Prevention Magazine recently put together Eat Clean 2013: Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards where they reveal the best, healthiest, and cleanest boxed and bagged foods on the market. Prevention’s editors ate their way through mountains of food in search of the most nutritious, delicious choices with the cleanest ingredients.
How clean do these foods need to be to make the list? Check out the criteria for foods to even be considered for the 100 Cleanest Packaged Food List.
Must not contain GMO ingredients. (Brownie points to those bearing the “Non-GMO Project Verified Seal”, which denotes foods that have been vetted through the non-profit Non-GMO Project, America’s only third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.)
Must have no more than 10 g of added sugar
Must have less than 200 mg of sodium per serving (or 400 mg for meals)
All cans must be free of BPA
All fish must be sustainable, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood criteria
Water restoration and conservation are important initiatives for Silk and we’re excited about a new project we’re involved in. We’ve recently partnered with the National Geographic Society, Bonneville Environmental Foundation(BEF) and Participant Media as the first sponsor to support Change the Course—an ongoing effort to conserve freshwater and preserve the ecological health of the heavily dammed, diverted and overused Colorado River Basin. This campaign will empower individuals and communities to reduce their own freshwater footprint while making on-the-ground water restoration efforts.
Change the Course is challenging members of the public to learn about the vital issues of freshwater, calculate their own water footprints and take a simple pledge to conserve at changethecourse.us. For every pledge received, a Change the Course corporate sponsor, like Silk, will donate to the cause. Each pledge will restore 1,000 gallons of water back into the Colorado River, working to make the river healthy again.
Silk is thrilled to support the Change the Course initiative, help restore the Colorado River Basin and positively impact a project in our own backyard. At Silk, we believe that we all need to do our part to use water more thoughtfully and productively to help keep our rivers and streams healthy.
Help us Change the Course and visit www.changethecourse.us to pledge to do your part and to learn more about this important waster restoration project. You can also check out this great video about the Change the Course project to learn how you can help restore the Colorado River by making simple and easy changes like taking two minutes off your shower, drinking tap water instead of bottled water and buying recycled.
As part of Silk’s ongoing commitment to educate consumers about what’s in their food, the entire plant-based beverage portfolio is enrolled in or verified by the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project provides independent verification that Silk’s products are made without GMOs, earning The Non-GMO Project Verified seal.
We recently launched a new, exciting product – Silk Iced Latte. At the time of launch, this product was enrolled in the Non-GMO Project program, and we are happy to report that it’s now officially verified. The Iced Latte packaging will be updated in June with the Non-GMO Project Verified logo, giving our consumers the opportunity to make informed choices about the foods and beverages they eat and drink.
In recent years, there has been some confusion about whether or not soy is safe for breast cancer survivors. It’s to that end, that we’re happy to share a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) which found that, upon review of existing research, moderate consumption of soy is safe for breast cancer patients and survivors, and in fact is now listed in the AICR’s Food That Fight Cancer list.
Soy consumption does not lead to increased estrogen levels in humans and may even have potential benefits among women receiving certain breast cancer treatments or with certain tumor characteristics.
As many families shift toward plant-based diets to improve health and reduce costs, soy is often the protein of choice. The reasons are clear – soy is one of the top food sources of high-quality, complete protein that may help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and provide other important health benefits. One serving of soy is equal to 1 cup of soy milk, ½ cup tofu or tempeh, ½ cup cooked edamame, or 1 ounce of soy nuts. Such soy foods provide fiber, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free.
At Silk, we believe people have the right to know what’s in the food they eat. That’s why we are committed to ensuring our product labels clearly communicate information about the beverages we make and how we make them.
You may have noticed some changes to the packaging on all of our Silk soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk products, as well as our Fruit & Protein and coffee creamers. Specifically, we’re proud to have moved the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal to the front of our package to better capture our values and commitment to sourcing soybeans with care and using non-GMO ingredients. We’ve also removed the term “all natural” on our packages because it is not defined by food labeling regulations. That means each company can apply its own idea of natural – and consumers are left to wonder what the word really means.
Please know that while our packaging in changing, what’s inside is not. Our Silk soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk products are still made with the highest quality ingredients, grown responsibly and prepared simply, keeping them as close to nature as we can. And, as always, our products are non-GMO and never contain artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup.
Regardless of which Silk products you choose, you can feel good knowing Silk’s entire plant-based beverage portfolio is produced without the use of genetically modified ingredients and has been verified by, or is enrolled in, the Non-GMO Project.
Silkologist Bryan Dayton is back to help you spread the holiday cheer at your next party. Check out his delicious Salted Caramel Mocha recipe below, and click here to see what else Silk can bring to the party…
1/2 cup Silk Chocolate soymilk or Pure Almond Dark Chocolate
1-2 shots espresso (or 2-4 Tbsp strong black coffee)
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp caramel flavored syrup,* divided
Regular or non-dairy whipped cream
1/8 tsp sea salt for garnish
Combine Silk, espresso (or coffee), pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon caramel syrup in a saucepan and heat just until warm. Remove from heat and pour into a warm mug. Top with whipped cream, remaining caramel syrup and sea salt. (pour in 1 oz. of vodka to the saucepan mixture if you’re interested in adding spirits)
The Fall season brings with it a lot of great things, but perhaps nothing as great as nice as those comfort food recipes to ease into winter. Being a food company, we’re always looking for ways to offer new ways to enjoy our products, and thanks to our amazing fans we’re never short on new ideas. Check out one of the latest fan recipes from an awesome blogger that brings some Silk PureAlmond in from the cold:
A sweet and savory fall soup, with a hint of delectable spice.
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into pieces
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
3 medium apples, peeled and cut into pieces
1 cup white onion, finely chopped
5 cups of vegetable broth
¾ cup coconut milk (I used Silk Pure Coconut)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2-4 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp Truvia (3 packets of your preference of sweetener)
2 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Peel and cut all vegetables.
2. Pour olive into in large pot (I had to use both a 5-quart and 4-quart pot because it makes so much) and place on medium heat.
3. Add onion and cook for about 15 minutes, as the onions begin to turn translucent.
4. Add 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp nutmeg, stiring and cooking for 30 seconds.
5. Add squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and broth.
6. Add enough water to cover the veggies by 1 inch.
7. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to low heat, cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
8. Remove approximately ½ – 1 cup of broth (optional: it depends on how much vegetables you have).
9. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.
10. Stir in the coconut milk.
11. Add salt, pepper, garlic, coconut oil, and more cinnamon/nutmeg to taste.
12. Puree using a hand mixer, immersion blender, or standard blender.
Makes approximately 12-15 cups. Can easily be frozen. Note that the amounts vary depending on the size and quantity of vegetables. Just keep a watchful eye and you can’t go wrong. Trust your instinct; you aren’t going to “mess it up” but having too much/too little of anything–it’ll just affect the thickness of the soup. Remember to add spices TO TASTE. Everybody likes a different amount. I for instance, LOVE CINNAMON. So, I use a lot.
There’s nothing like a tasty bowl of cereal for breakfast in the morning. And whether you prefer flakes, puffs, O’s or anything in between, we’re willing to bet adding a little Silk will make your morning bowl that much better. And even if you aren’t moved to start reciting Shakespeare, the deliciousness will definitely make your day better.
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