As allergies to dairy products continue to rise, so do the choices for alternatives. My favorite dairy alternative is definitely Almond milk, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze brand to be specific. This non-dairy beverage made from almonds has a smooth and creamy flavor that far surpasses such choices as rice and soy milk.
Don’t have an allergy to milk? Don’t let that stop you!
My personal favorite is the Unsweetened Vanilla flavor. With only 40 calories per 8 oz. serving, it’s hard to beat calorie-wise. Besides being extremely low in calories the unsweetened varieties (original, vanilla, and chocolate) have ZERO grams of sugar. (For comparison sake, milk contains 12 grams of “natural” sugar per 8 oz. and 2% has 130 calories.)
Almond Breeze does sell sweetened varieties of both the vanilla and chocolate flavors. With 15 grams of sugar per serving, it makes a great substitute for those non-dairy sweeteners that some of us (guiltily!) add to our morning coffee.
Although we do not have dairy allergies in our household and don’t drink almond milk by the glassful, I end up buying a lot of it. I love using Almond Breeze as a substitute for milk in all of my cooking. It adds a lovely flavor to such goodies as rice pudding and pre-packaged pudding mixes, plus cuts the calories at least in half (depending what kind of milk you buy- whole, 2%, nonfat). One can not tell the difference in pancakes, waffles and other baked goods. The unsweetened chocolate flavor doesn’t taste a bit like chocolate to me, however add a spoonful of Ovaltine and it makes a rich, creamy and delicious chocolate milk that contains less sugar, fewer calories and sacrifices none of the goodness of milk.
But does it build strong bones?
Yes! It is fortified with Calcium, Vitamins A, D and as an added bonus, because it’s made from almonds, provides 50% of the Vitamin E that we need per day!
With such atrocities as the tainted *infant formula in China, it’s important to know where your food is coming from. Almond Breeze is grown, packaged and sold in the USA!
Smoothies, on your morning bowl of cereal, in your famous banana bread, once you get started it’s hard to stop!
Be sure to let us know if you try Almond Milk, the brand, and what you think of it!
*Please note that almond milk should not be used as a replacement to infant formula. I also am not suggesting that it completely replace regular cows milk for children. Please consult your doctor or Naturopath if you suspect that your child has an allergy to dairy.
Health Nut Nation is Not being paid in any form by Blue Diamond for this endorsement. We just love their product!