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Malk, a plant based, raw milk alternative


Got MALK?! Err… Umm… Milk that is?

For as long as most of us can remember, we’ve been fed [through propaganda] the information that milk consumption was necessary in order to “be healthy” and to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis, breast cancer and even hypertension. In recent years, many of those studies have gone under fire. Milk deficiencies do not cause osteoporosis. One thing however has become evident in the quest to debunk the ever-famous “milk does a body good” campaign. 65-70% of the population has some kind of intolerance to lactose. You can’t very well drink it if it gives you the [insert bad toilet humor here].

That begs the question. If not milk… then what?! MALK!

Brand new to Austin, MALK is a plant-based, raw milk alternative developed by mastermind, August Vega of Houston, for the health conscience individual. Vega has always had an affinity for a healthy diet and lifestyle, however that ideology was really set in motion when she discovered that her own child had an aversion to lactose. In her mission to find a suitable substitute, she produced a simple and all natural recipe for almond and pecan milk.

Before you wad your panties in a bunch and exclaim “that’s nothing new,” let’s first talk about the health benefits. Both pecans and almonds are rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 [among others] that help in the reduction of cholesterol, and helps in the prevention of cancer, and coronary artery disease. But, what exactly makes MALK any different than other milk alternatives on the market?

For one, what other company has created a milk alternative using pecans? Don’t care much for almonds? MALK has you covered. Secondly, this family owned and operated business based in both Houston and Austin, is all natural and organic. Each MALK contains only 5 ingredients that don’t require the use of Google to define. There is no pasteurization process to strip away the vital nutrients that many other almond milk companies utilize, and the company is environmentally conscience making sure the byproduct is not simply discarded but re-purposed to ensure waste is kept to a minimum.

Whether you are lactose intolerant or not, MALK offers a delicious, smooth and healthy alternative to a traditional staple found in most daily diets. It comes in 3 deliciously tantalizing flavors [Unsweetened Almond MALK, Vanilla Almond MALK, Maple Pecan MALK] perfect for all of your favorite daily treats - cereals, smoothies, lattes, coffee, and even baking and adult beverages.

So where can you snag some for yourself? Operating out of both Austin and Houston, this lactose, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten friendly treat can be picked up at River City Market and the prominent Buzz Mill in Austin. Stop in to Buzz Mill and ask for a glass of MALK with your morning flapjacks, as a sweetener for your coffee or if you’re feeling saucy, order up a late night Christopher Malken, which is MALK's clever take on a White Russian. Making your way to Houston? Find MALK daily at Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails and Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market every Sunday.

In a city like Austin, were supporting small, bootstrap and local businesses are a way of life, checking out MALK should be a no brainer! And owners August Vega, Justin Brodnax, Coletta Castle Schoult, and Joel Canada want to hear from you! Snap a picture of yourself enjoying some MALK and post to Facebook with #malktalk and let them know what you think!

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