If you’ve been to the grocery store recently, you’ve probably noticed all of these ‘new kinds of milk’ popping up everywhere.
I’m talking Almond Milk (in brands like Silk and Almond Breeze).
What exactly is it, though? Is it really even milk? Why is it becoming such a hot commodity? Good questions. Almond Milk is actually very nutricious and provides numerous health benefits that regular milk doesn’t.
Almond Milk: What is it?
First of all, it IS truly made with almonds! The almonds are grown, harvested and processed in a way that produces a nutriciously rich, thick and creamy ‘milk’.
Why is it becoming so popular?
Besides the fact that it’s absolutely delicious, almonds are well known to be a “superfood” and Almond Milk provides numerous health benefits, including:
- More protein than regular milk
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Monosaturated fats (The good kind of fats)
- Lactose free
- Soy free
- Cholesterol free
- Vegan (contains no animal products, by-products or derivitives
Not to mention that it is an excellent choice for restricted diets. The unsweetend version containins only 40 calories per 1 cup (8oz) serving! (Say what?! 🙂 ), and the sweetened versions are quite low in calories, as well (ranging from 60-120 calories/serving).
As of now, Almond Milk (Specifically Almond Breeze Almond Milk) can be bought in the following flavors:
- Original – 60 calories/serving
- Original Unsweetend – 40 calories/serving
- Chocolate – 120 calories/serving
- Vanilla Unsweetend – 40 calories/serving
- Vanilla – 90 calories/serving
- Almond Coconut Blend (newest flavor) – 90 calories/serving
Personally, I only use Almond Milk (Unsweetened Vanilla). The shelf life is way longer than regular milk, and I like the taste and texture better, especially in oatmeal, protein shakes, cereal, baked goods (if you’re feeling daring 😉 ), and as a nice tall glass to drink with my pancakes (see protein pancakes!),
So go out and give it a try! “Healthy-up” your kitchen pantry and let me know how you think it tastes. 🙂
Credits: Almond Breeze