Wednesday, February 29, 2012

just the flax, ma'am :: contest!

Win a coupon for a free carton of Good Karma Flax Milk
Omega-3s. They're the big nutritional buzzword, and everyone knows we don't get enough in the right proportion to omega-6s. There are actually three different types of Omega 3s: DHA, EPA and ALA and it's best to consume all 3 in balance. [Registered dietician diva Ginny Messina does a great job of explaining it all here.] All I know is I spend a lot of time grinding flaxseeds, making chia pudding and sprinkling walnuts in my salads. All this omega-3-scheming gets old real fast. For me, it's as if I have to squeeze yet another chore into my already-frenetic day.

Good news! There's a tasty, tasty non-dairy milk on the market: Good Karma flax milks – all vegan and gluten-free. Each serving contains a whopping 1200 mg of balanced omega 3s, plus added calcium and vitamins B12 and D.

The good folks at Good Karma sent me three cartons to sample: original, unsweetened and vanilla. The carton promises "Creamy and delicious." This tagline is, by no means, hyperbole– and I'm not one to throw away a compliment. The milks all tasted smooth and rich – even the unsweetened, which – get this – weighs in at just 25 calories/2.5 grams of fat per cup, making this the perfect beverage for folks who are watching their weight and/or fat intake. But even original only contains 50 calories/2.5 grams per cup [Note: web site says 60 calories, but carton says 50. I'd prefer to believe the carton].

I tried these milks over cereals, in baked goods, in soups and in smoothies. They are my new favorite things, and they'll definitely be making a regular appearance in my shopping cart. Of the three, I was most partial to the vanilla. Most vanilla non-dairy milks taste too perfumey for my taste–like they are trying too hard, so I usually avoid them. But this vanilla is understated and subtle. The Good Karma web site says they also market a coffee creamer, which I am anxious to try.

That said, my only critique is that these milks did not work well in my morning cappucino. They seemed to lose their creaminess when heated – I'm not exactly sure why [in the cappucino only; I made a carrot cream soup with unsweetened as a base and it worked out fine]. But their good qualities more than make up for it.

Want to try Good Karma flax milks? Leave a comment and make sure there's a way I can contact you. [US residents only, please] You'll get a coupon for a free carton. I'll announce the winner in a few days. Good luck!

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51 comments:

Sam said...

Would love to try the flax milk!

Cadry said...

I've heard only good things about these flax milks. I'd love to try them for myself. You're right; it would be great to have another way to get in omega 3's.

Rachel said...

I would love to win! I need some Omega 3's in my life.

Melly O said...

A new "milk"! Awesome! I'm game to try it :):)

Paper Crane said...

I have been waiting for a alternative to almond milk (I love it, but one needs variety). Send a free coupons my way

angielee said...

MMMM flax milk!!

Amy said...

I am always up for trying new varieties of non-dairy milk!

mariser said...

I'd love to try flax milk. flax is awesome

Caitlin said...

i would LOVE to try flaxmilk!!

KTBuns said...

Omg, I love this stuff! I'm drinking a flax smoothie right now!

VeggieLow said...

vegan crunk posted about this stuff too... very intrigued now!

janet @ the taste space said...

I didn't know such a thing existed... I bet I could make it at home, too... let's see what google says. :)

Molly G said...

I would love to try flax milk! I've tried the Whole Foods brand (of course they make their own now! Anything to jump on a bandwagon!) and I'd love to compare it to Good Karma's. I'd probably use it in smoothies.

Lee Ann said...

I'd love to try flax milk.
Lot's of omega 3 & I am still looking for an "unsweetened" milk that isn't too sweet.

Erin said...

I've never tried flax milk but I put Flaxseed sprinkles in my smoothie every morning to ensure I get enough Omega-3's! http://www.creativesoulinmotion.com/2012/02/tasty-tuesday-flaxseed-sprinkles/

psinger said...

frLove your informative evaluation on this new dairy alternative. (How do they milk those tiny seed-nipples though? lol)I thought I'd love coconut milk but was profoundly disappointed, always exciting to try something new

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Johanna said...

I have an unopened container of Whole Foods 365 Flax Milk. They had a display as I walked in. Sucker. :-) I would love to try this brand.

Rebecca said...

I've heard so much about flax milk lately- i would love to try it! I love non-dairy milks!

Billiejean said...

I've picked up the Flax milk at the store a few times, but end up going back to my almond and soy milk! Bad me for not exploring my taste buds! I would love to try it, though! I just need to get my hand to put it in the cart and not back on the shelf :)

Whole Foods Vegan Momma said...

I haven't found these anywhere in my area, but I definitely will be requesting them! They sound awesome, I love me a new plant milk.

Bobbie {thevegancrew} said...

I would love to try the flax milk!

Cari Hayes said...

i love almond milk-- i'd love to try flax!

Bobby Daniel said...

Love to try

Sarah said...

I've just started seeing these at my whole foods and am so anxious to try them out. I love flaxseeds, and so this seems like a good way to switch up my normal cereal with almond milk.

Raedyn said...

Hi there! Thank you for posting about another non dairy milk for me to be on the look out for! I hope I can get a hold of some free flax milk! I've actually never seen that stuff before I. The stores I shop.would be interesting for sure.Thanks again! CourtneyDeepsend@gmail.com

gretchen said...

I would love to get to try the vanilla version! Wish there was a chocolate!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try these! Karen

Kiki said...

Oooh I'd lov to try these!!!

Tamar said...

I have been looking for this brand everywhere! You'd think I could find it in Los Angeles, but no dice. I'd be so psyched to win and try it finally.

Smoni Smo said...

Hey, I'll give it a try...

VeggieDoc said...

Flax milk sounds yummy - I would love to try it!

Dawn said...

You don't have to grind your own flax seeds! Just use the pre-ground ones, there is no loss of nutrition, and it's so much easier. Also, apparently even in cooked flax, like when we all bake with it, it maintains its benefits! Here's the link, also titled, "Just the Flax, Ma'am!" :-)

http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/just-the-flax-maam/

That milk looks great and I'd be psyched about a non-soy coffee creamer just to switch things up.

XOXO

Chris said...

Sounds like these would be good.
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Flora @ TNSK said...

would love to try some... and/or make some myself!

Christina said...

I've never heard of flax milk, I'd love to try that!

Anonymous said...

Put me down as another would love to try...

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Sharada said...

I've never tried flax milk, but it sounds great!

Unknown said...

I've contemplated making flax milk myself, but it's not near enough to the top of my to-do list. I'd love to try this (and be totally lazy).

Teri Murphy said...

I would love to try these! My kiddos are soy intolerant, and we are always looking for new milk alternatives.

Evarista Oliva Pi said...

I would like to try this milk. I use flax seeds in my meals , always whole

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Tess K said...

I really would love to try a different type of milk. I've tried Almond, Soy, and Coconut.

Sherry said...

I never heard of this, but it sounds great! Would love to try it. By the way, I made your blondies and the whole family loved them. Thanks!

MonsterAteMy said...

Sounds interesting!

Gail Heinold said...

I am trying to go vegan and wish to avoid the fat n cows milk... I would love to try this. Thank you. t2sp@yahoo.com gail heinold

Caramelle_Snake said...

How fun! Would be great to try another tasty milk sub.

uprightjac said...

I just bought some of this last week. It is good. I switch between unsweetened almond, coconut and now I have something new to add to my meal.

di said...

Tastes good!! will uses regularly.
di
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Jody said...

I had to use flax milk as I am allergic to almonds and coconut and needed to have something besides water to add to my VEga shake daily. A young clerk at Whole Foods suggested flax milk! It was a Godsend for me! Love it!

christina h said...

when i was newly vegan i was OBSESSED with hemp milk. creamy chocolate for my morning coffee was unbeatable! now that i have bills n shit, $4 a carton is too much for my unemployed ass.. would love to try the flax milk!

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