TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Almond Breeze Almondmilk
There’s a lot that’s happening in the nondairy milk space, and most of it is excellent.
This week’s Top Pick is Almond Breeze Almondmilk from Blue Diamond.
Even if you’re perfectly happy with cow’s milk (as we are), you should give it a try.
Some people seek nondairy milks because of lactose intolerance, kosher or vegan diets. But everyone who enjoys milk or milk-based drinks should pull a carton of Almond Breeze from the shelf and check it out.
Almondmilk (we spell it almond milk, but are not about to take on Blue Diamond) can be substituted for dairy milk in cereal, smoothies, tea, hot chocolate, and hot or iced coffee.
You can use almondmilk for cooking (salad dressings, sauces, soups), baking, and pretty much everything that calls for milk or half-and-half, including ice pops and the creamy polenta in photo #3.
If you drink a lot of milk, you’ll save calories, too: At 60 calories per serving, Original Almondmilk has about half the calories of 2% milk.
It’s also higher in nutrition*. Almond Breeze products are an excellent source of calcium and Vitamins D and E, and a good source of vitamin A.
Although the entire line is dairy free, it’s certified OU Dairy†.
How much do people like almond milk? There are 10 SKUs‡ of milk alone; then creamer and specialty drinks.
If you like the milk, you’ll also like the:
Almond Breeze Banana Almondmilk
Made with real bananas, this delectable treat has only 80 calories per cup and zero added sugars (photo #3).
It tastes like a better-for-you banana shake, but you can:
A classic creamy Mexican drink, authentica horchata is made with milk, ground rice, cane sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
Almond Breeze’s horchata is made from almond milk, rice flour, cane sugar, cinnamon and vanilla (photo #4).
It’s an addictively delicious cold drink, with just 110 calories per serving. As we discovered with Banana Almondmilk, we can:
Whatever you want to make, whatever meal of the day, check out the Almond Breeze recipes at BlueDiamond.com.
*Compared to cow’s milk, almond milk has fewer calories and carbs. While it doesn’t have the natural calcium of cow’s milk, some brands are fortified—check the ingredients. Nor does it have the natural sugar of milk (lactose), making it great for lactose-intolerant people, but also saving everyone else a few grams of sugar. Here’s a comparison chart.
†The dairy designation means that the product was processed on equipment which also produces dairy products. Even though the equipment was washed after the dairy product manufacture, kosher law requires that the nondairy product that follows it be designated as dairy. Here’s a longer discussion.
‡SKU is a retailer term for Stock Keeping Units. In consumer language, a SKU is a flavor or variety. For example, blueberry jam, strawberry jam and raspberry jam from the same manufacturer represent three different SKUs.