Every time we go to the grocery store, there are so many options to choose from to bring home to our families. Even in something as simple as milk, choices range from whole milk, reduced fat, organic, to milk made from almonds or soy. We ultimately make the choice based on a number of factors, ranging from cost to health benefits to even the location of the farm. Now, there is a new milk on the market, a2 Milk®, and this natural milk may be a better choice for your family. But what makes this milk stand apart from the ordinary cow’s milk?
The milk that we’re used to has two types of protein, A1 and A2, and a2 Milk comes from cows that naturally only produce the A2 protein. Research has shown the A2 protein is digested differently than A1, which means those who might feel discomfort after drinking regular milk may be able to drink a2 Milk without any issues. Imagine your little ones eating cereal and not having an upset tummy! In one study, 1 in 4 Americans have reported discomfort after drinking milk, but only a small number would actually be diagnosed as lactose intolerant by a doctor, while the majority are just likely to have a sensitivity to the A1 protein. Keep in mind that a2 Milk® does contain the same amount of lactose as regular milk, so if you have been diagnosed by a doctor with lactose intolerance, a2 Milk® is just like drinking regular milk.
Aside from that, a2 Milk® is a naturally occurring milk so the vitamins and minerals, like calcium for instance, are absorbed easier in the body than alternatives that have been heavily fortified. a2 Milk is also free of hormones, rBST, and antibiotics and it is the only milk with strictly A1 protein, unlike all milk in America which has a mix of A1 and A2. No cows were genetically modified for this either; a2 simply chooses cows that only produce A2. With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you give a2 Milk® a try?
- 1-2 pears
- 2 tbsp. of honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1oz sliced ginger
- 1 ½ cup a2 Milk®- Whole
- a few leaves of sage
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- For the Pears: In large pot add 8 cups of water, honey, cinnamon stick and ginger. Stir until honey is dissolved and bring water to boil.
- Add peeled pears and bring down to medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes or until pears are soft.
- Remove pears from pot and cool in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- For the Custard Sauce: In small saucepan heat up milk and sage on medium low heat, not too hot because you don’t want the milk to curdle. Bring to simmer and turn off heat. Allow the sage to infuse the milk for 15 minutes while cooling.
- Fish out sage and add butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Bring to simmer and stir constantly with wooden spoon for 2-5 minutes.
- Whisk egg yolks and add to saucepan, stirring constantly until sauce thickens and coats the spoon.
- Remove from heat and cool in refrigerator until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve I used pre-bought sponge cake, topped with a poached pear and drizzled sauce over. Warm sauce in microwave for a few seconds and it will taste amazing!