Silk Kids Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative launches to meet growing demand for plant-based kids’ options

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But is one that Danone North America has set out to meet with its new Silk Kids Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative launching in select retailers this month.

There is “huge, huge, huge consumer interest in plant-based. And, in fact, a friend recently asked me about plant-based options for her daughter who wants to go vegetarian. So, I think we are going to see a ton more”​ interest in the space in the coming years, said Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietitian, mother of three and author.

But, she also warned, many products currently available are not formulated with children’s nutrition in mind, and if children are used to consuming animal-products, such as dairy, the switch to plant-based will require an adjustment.

“If kids have been eating dairy-based yogurt, they will see a difference in plant-based yogurt. It looks different. It is not that bright white color. It can often be beige or tan and the texture is a little different. It has a different mouth feel,”​ she said.

She recommends that children or parents making the switch to plant-based yogurt add fruit, and that they ensure the option they buy has the same or similar nutritional profile as a dairy-based option in terms of protein, calcium, vitamin D and texture.

Danone’s new Silk Kids Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative checks these boxes and more, making it an easy option for parents seeking plant-based options for their children, according to Amanda Blechman, a registered dietitian with Danone North America, who along with Largeman-Roth and other experts unveiled the new line at the company’s Little Bites, Big Impact virtual round table Dec. 10.

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