Hope you enjoyed my post on non-dairy calcium sources. There are so many things I talk about in my day-to-day work life, but it doesn’t always occur to me to share on here. I’m trying to be better about that…
Just because I can’t have nut milk (I wish my inner twelve-year-old would stop giggling so I can hear myself think) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try the new and interesting products on the market. I’ve got a neat one to share with you guys today.
Last fall, I had the chance to speak to some of the team behind Milkadamia* at the New York Coffee Festival. This macadamia-based milk was developed in coffee-loving Australia specifically with barista use in mind. It’s become popular for its mild taste and fuller body that foams well when compared to popular non-dairy products like soy, almond, and coconut milk.
Milkadamia is vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and carrageenan-free. Also noteworthy: all ingredients are GMO-free, and the certification process is in motion so the company can eventually smack the non-GMO label on Milkadamia products.
One thing I found nifty was that the 4 grams of “vegetable protein” comes from pea protein.Pea protein is one of my favorite sources of plant-based protein powders because of its high tolerability, nutrient profile, and pleasant texture. I must have annoyed the crap out of the reps I spoke with, because I would not shut up about how they should show that off. Maybe it’s a weird American thing, but I feel like people here want to know exactly what’s in their food and might be turned off by a vague term like “vegetable protein.”
Like many non-dairy milk substitutes, Milkadamia is fortified with calcium. One thing I didn’t love was the 9 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving, but the company has plans to introduce unsweetened varieties in the future. If you want more details, you can get the full nutrition stats and ingredients list here.
Curious to try it yourself? Though Milkadamia has been primarily used in coffee shops, in late 2015, the product was introduced to the United States west coast market, with plans to expand to other regions and in retail stores from there.
What’s your favorite coffee drink? Favorite milk to use for said coffee drink?
*I did not receive compensation for this post—I was simply curious about a cool new nut milk I can’t even drink, and the company was kind enough to arrange an interview with a dietitian who asks lots of annoying questions.
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