Guide to Non-Dairy Milk

Non-Dairy Milk AlternativesThere’s never been a better time to sample non-dairy milks. Here’s a guide to what’s now available at your local Coles:

1. Quinoa Milk
Quinoa MilkThe newest milk to hit the shelves, Quinoa Milk is made from the ancient grain of the same name, with added chia. Unlike some non-dairy milk alternatives, it’s gluten and nut free, so it’s great for people with food allergies and intolerances.
Try Freedom Foods Quinoa Milk: This milk contains added chia, a vegetarian source of omega-3s.

2. Almond Milk
Almond MilkWith a pleasant, nutty flavour, almond milk is made from finely ground raw almonds and water. It’s low in fat and fortified versions can be a good source of additional nutrients such as vitamin E, which helps protect cells from free radical damage.
Try Blue Diamond Almond Breeze: Choose from original, unsweetened, chocolate and unsweetened vanilla milks.

3. Oat Milk
Oat MilkA product of whole oats, this milk has a mild, sweet taste and is a good source of vitamin E and folic acid. Oat milk isn’t gluten free, but it does contain beta-glucan, which helps reduce blood cholesterol as part of a diet low in saturated fats.
Try Vitasoy Oat Milk: With added calcium and no cholesterol, this is made with whole Australian grown oats.

4. Rice Milk
Rice MilkThis milk is produced from brown rice and water, so it’s naturally gluten free. It contains more carbohydrates than cow’s milk but not as much calcium or protein, so look for one that has been fortified to boost these nutrients.
Try Vitasoy Rice Milk: Choose from original or rice milk enriched with chickpea protein – both have added calcium.

5. Soy Milk
Soy MilkMade from soy beans and water, soy milk is sometimes enriched with vitamins and minerals such as B12 and calcium. Soy milk primarily contains unsaturated rather than saturated fat, which is better for healthy cholesterol levels.
Try Sanitarium So Good Soy Milk: Each glass of this classic soy milk contains half your daily calcium and Vitamin D.

Sources of Calcium: Whether or not you need to choose milk fortified with calcium depends on your diet, says our Coles Nutrition and Wellbeing Manager, Vanessa Hattersley.  Non-dairy sources of calcium include sardines and salmon (with bones), leafy green vegetables, soy, tofu, brazil nuts, almonds and sesame seeds. Vanessa says adults need 1000mg of calcium a day.

100% RSPCA Approved Coles fresh chicken

RSPCA Coles ChickenWe’ve listened to you and in another Australian food first today we became the only Australian national supermarket to have 100% of our fresh chicken RSPCA Approved. This will provide better tasting chicken for you (at no added cost) and better welfare conditions for millions of chickens.

With chicken on the menu in over 95% of Australian households and eaten between two and four times a week by almost 80% of customers, this move is good news for chicken meat lovers. We hope it’s also good news for Australian chicken farmers as almost a third of customers said they would buy even more chicken if there were better welfare options.

This is the latest in a series of quality improvements we have made at no added cost to our customers.  We started with no added hormone beef nearly 3 years ago, then followed with cage-free Coles Brand eggs, sow stall-free fresh pork and sustainable seafood.

For more information on our RSPCA Approved chicken, visit coles.com.au or click play to watch Curtis Stone, Hope Bertram from the RSPCA & our Head of Responsible Sourcing, Jackie Healing discuss this latest initiative.

Sydney’s New Food Destinations

New Look Coles StoresThis week we are excited to introduce three new look stores. Complete with Barista-made Lavazza coffee bars with free Wi-Fi, dry aged beef and kitchens with freshly prepared pizza and sushi – this is the new and exciting face of shopping at Coles Bondi Westfield, Broadway & Balgowlah!

Shoppers can sit at a café and browse recipes on iPads while sipping a latte, or slip a takeaway coffee into a trolley cup holder and browse the aisles!  Along with fresh pizza, sushi and sandwiches being prepared from the big and bold kitchen area, there’s a wider range of health and international foods to help make Coles a one-stop shopping destination.  Customers can even select pieces of meat to be aged in a cabinet for 21 days, or get their fish marinated so it’s ready to pop in the oven when they get home.

Click on the images below to see some of the features. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below… What features do you love and what would you like to see in your local Coles?

The Perfect Guide to Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gift GuideIf you’re stumped for Christmas gift ideas, fear not. The Coles Christmas Gift guide has over 150 suggestions that will make matching people and presents a fun, easy task.

We have thought about all the things you need to prepare for a special Christmas Day, from wrapping presents, to that little something for Kris Kringle, last minute gifts or some delicious treats. Below are some of our top picks from the guide…

To see all the gifts online go to coles.com.au.

Treat your tastebuds to Shapes Sensations

Shapes SensationsWe’ve found a tasty new snack… Look out for new Arnott’s Shapes Sensations.  You can choose from delicious, authentic flavours like Honey Soy Chicken with sesame seeds and our favourite, Vintage Cheddar & Chives.  They’re perfect for when you want a snack that is made just for you… (and not the kids)!

Look out for Shapes Sensations in the grocery section of your local Coles or buy online at coles.com.au.  Try them for yourself and let us know what you think!

New Coles Brand Squeezy Yoghurts

Coles Brand YoghurtNow there’s an easy way for kids to enjoy great-tasting yoghurt every day. The new Coles Brand Kids Squeezy Yoghurt range includes Strawberry, Banana and Vanilla. With no artificial colours or flavours, the yoghurts contain real fruit and have a smooth taste that kids will love! Australian made, Coles Brand Kids Squeezy Yoghurts come in a fun pouch pack, with a screw-top lid for convenience.

Look out for them in the yoghurt section of your local Coles or buy online at coles.com.au.

Enjoy a healthy barbie

Simply Less RangeIt used to be that the family barbecue wasn’t the healthiest of eating experiences. But it’s easy to turn that around with the many options for delicious and achievable healthy outdoor eating at your Coles.

Coles Simply Less SausagesLet’s start with the burgers and sausages. You can now happily manage calorie counting and portion control – and not miss out on the foods you love – with the Coles Simply Less range. Check the Coles Simply Less Beef Sausages and Beef Burgers packs to see the calorie count for one serve of two sausages or patties clearly marked. Your family won’t notice the difference. And for the complete Coles Simply Less range and healthy meal plans, visit coles.com.au/simply less.

Now, for the salads. If you haven’t checked out the wonderful range of leafy greens now available at Coles, this barbecue season is time you did. There is no excuse for a boring salad with our creative recipes using tasty and health-conscious ingredients – try baby kale, quinoa and the Australian Mediterranean Leafy Blend.

Make this summer the time to change the way you barbecue and eat for the better. It’s easy with the help of Coles Simply Less and the best range of salad ingredients you could imagine.

Start the party with Shapes Soundz

Shapes SoundzArnott’s is bringing more flavour to the party with new Shapes Soundz!  There are three tasty new flavours to try, each inspired by a different musical style: Rock (Sweet & Sticky BBQ Ribs), Pop (Sweet Chilli & Sour Cream) and Hip-Hop (Cheese Supreme Pizza). Not only that, every pack comes with a bonus music download!

To find out more about the new range and for a chance to win an $8,000 holiday thanks to Shapes Soundz, visit shapessoundz.com.au.

New Coles Grill Range

Lamb souvlaki wrapsColes Grill Lamb Souvlaki StripsOur Coles Brand team is excited to introduce Lamb Souvlaki and delicious Peri Peri Chicken to its Coles Grill BBQ Marinated Meats range. Perfect for when friends pop round because the ground-work is already done. We’re proud to say that the Coles Grill range is as Aussie as the barbie itself. Plus, the extended range of quality products has no artificial flavours or colours. The deliciously flavoured chicken is RSPCA approved and the pork is sow stall free.

Coles Grill Lamb Souvlaki
Tender slices of lamb marinated in garlic, lemon and herbs. Coles Grill Lamb Souvlaki is ready to be barbecued and served straight up or as part of so many great meals. Make the delicious wrap pictured above with this simple recipe:

Ingredients
1 head garlic
1 cup natural yoghurt
¼ cup lemon juice
1 x 500g pkt Coles Grill
Lamb Souvlaki Strips
4 souvlaki wraps
120g rocket leaves
½ cup semi-dried
tomatoes
lemon wedges, to serve

Method
1 Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan). Wrap unpeeled garlic head in foil. Roast for 60 mins, until soft. Squeeze out garlic from each clove and stir into yoghurt with lemon juice.  Season.
2 Cook lamb strips according to packet

Visit the Meat/Grill section of your local Coles store to check out the great range of ready-to-cook Coles Grill products or buy online at coles.com.au. All you have to do is turn on the barbecue and start cooking!

New Carte Noire Coffee

New Carte Noire CoffeeDiscover an intense instant coffee experience with new Carte Noire. Carte Noire Fire & Ice Roasting captures flavours and aromas at their best. Carte Noire Millicano Wholebean Instant has a unique Arabica-rich blend of instant coffee and finely milled beans, it’s the closest thing to a proper coffee – in an instant.

Look out for the Carte Noire instant range in the grocery section of your local store or buy online at coles.com.au.  Go on – awaken your senses!