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27 April 2013

Silk Fruit & Protein: Dairy-free, Gluten-free Breakfast Juice Blend

Breakfast is a tricky meal for us. The kids don't have much of an appetite at that hour and they're barely awake. I’m always looking for something fast, tasty and satisfying for them to have before they leave for school. It's increasingly challenging since AM is not exactly the optimal time of day for pre-teens or teens. Anyone with tweens and/or teens knows just getting them dressed and out the door can be a feat! I was recently contacted about a product which may be a good part of breakfast before school--Silk Fruit & Protein, a creamy, fruity, smoothie-like soy juice blend. I’m thinking a glass of Silk Fruit & Protein with a muffin—they’ll eat anything breakfast pastry-like--to eat on the run is a pretty good option. It’s fairly healthful start and should keep them going till lunch. Silk Fruit & Protein is free of dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, eggs and MSG. It’s also Kosher OU-D and vegan. In addition, it is made from non-GMO soybeans. (Yes!) I’m happy to share information on this gluten-free, dairy-free food find with you as part of a paid Socialmoms and Silk blogging program.

Silk Fruit & Protein was introduced about a year ago and comes in 3 fruity flavors: Strawberry Banana, Mango Peach and Mixed Berry. My kids are berry kids and from what I gather, the Mixed Berry flavor is the most popular though I do like Mango. Silk Fruit & Protein offers an appealing and healthy alternative to juice at breakfast and offers more protein than most juices--5 grams. It also contains Calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin D and is now available in half gallon cartons.
 

I encourage you to view the allergies and dietary restrictions section on Silk’s FAQs page. They provide thorough allergen information, which I consider the mark of a food allergy friendly company. With regards to the products being free of gluten and dairy, Silk’s website states that they have testing at their production facilities to detect the presence of “dairy or dairy components” as well as “gluten or gluten components”.

Silk uses almonds in Silk Pure Almond. Coconut is not a tree nut, but is included in the FDA’s definition of tree nuts, and is used in Silk’s Pure Coconut. The Silk FAQ regarding nut allergies states “…many of our products are produced on shared equipment. Because consumer safety is our highest priority, we have testing protocols in place to help ensure that ingredient commingling does not occur, but anyone with severe allergies should always consult a doctor before introducing a new food.” There is no mention of peanut as an ingredient or possible cross-contaminant.

Another thing I like about Silk is their “Love It” Guarantee. According to the website, if you aren’t satisfied with their product they will send you a coupon for a replacement product or a refund. I cannot think of another food that offers a similar guarantee. That’s pretty impressive!

To find out where you can purchase Silk Fruit & Protein, please visit the Silk store locator.  You can find it near other Silk products and other soy and almond milk products at the supermarket.  Here is a coupon to get $1 off and try a new breakfast option.
 
 
 
*This post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Silk blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

 
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