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missingmyerica 01-07-2008 07:36 PM

Question about almond milk
I saw some posts on here about almond milk, so I bought some sugar free almond breeze. I love the taste and would have no problem drinking it instead of the non fat milk I drink now. My question is this, what is the benefit of drinking almond milk vs. non fat milk?

PurdueGal 01-07-2008 07:37 PM

the almond milk might give you some healthy fat! (I'm not sure though, I've never had it!)

Suzanne 3FC 01-07-2008 07:47 PM

A lot of people avoid dairy, for health or other reasons, but don't like or want soy milk. It's an alternative :)

I've also wondered, though, if I would gain the same health benefits of almonds by drinking the milk.

Go to http://www.bluediamond.com/retail/breeze/index.cfm and scroll down and click to view the pdf brochure. Page 2 of it has a chart of nutritional info on the almond milk.

mandalinn82 01-07-2008 07:47 PM

I use the almond milk because it has less than half the calories of skim milk...and it seems richer and creamier to me than either soy milk or nonfat milk.

LindaT 01-08-2008 03:57 PM

I adore the taste of it and since I can flavor it any way I want with some sugar free torani, its perfect for me. So sometimes I make it vanilla, sometimes chocolate, almond roca. I've even tried it pnut butter flavored b4.

I even made some faux egg nog using it over the holidays using the hungry girl method of adding sf pudding mix, nutmeg and rum extract.

cbmare 01-08-2008 06:58 PM

How long does it keep after opening? I've seen Rice Milk in the stores. I haven't seen almond milk. Where do you get it?

I like chocolate soy milk (8th Continent). I don't like Silk brand. Are there different brands of Almond milk? I have a feeling this might be something I can use on my cereal in the morning.

nelie 01-08-2008 07:25 PM

There are a couple different brands of almond milk, although I've only seen one brand that has unsweetened almond milk.

I usually buy mine at Trader Joe's although I've seen a large selection of almond milk at Whole Foods. Sometimes I'll see it in the regular grocery store too but it is usually not the unsweetened version.

mandalinn82 01-08-2008 07:32 PM

My grocery store has the unsweetened - brand is "Almond Breeze".

cbmare 01-15-2008 02:44 PM

OK. I bought some Almond Breeze. I bought the green label box. It was right next to the blue label. Both are sweetened with evap. cane juice. I couldn't find unsweetened. I couldn't tell the difference between the two boxes. Does anyone know?

When I drank soy milk, I used 8th Continent. I couldn't stand the taste of Silk. Have you tried other brands? What is your favorite?

It tastes funny. Does the unsweetened have a different flavor?

Suzanne 3FC 01-15-2008 03:48 PM

One will say it's vanilla, the other will say it's original. Look on the blue and green part of the label :)

Regarding soy milk, I also prefer the taste of 8th continent and don't like Silk. But I don't drink soy milk anymore.

The only thing that concerns me is that I'm not sure if 8th Continent uses non-GMO soybeans and can't find a reference on their website. If they don't specifiy non-gmo then it's almost definitely genetically modified.

mandalinn82 01-15-2008 04:10 PM

Suzanne - 8th Continent is GMO...it also is one of the only major non-vegan brands of soymilk (the vitamin-D they fortify with is animal-based).

BlueToBlue 01-15-2008 08:00 PM

Does anyone know if you can use almond milk for cooking or baking? I've been wondering if I can use it as a sub for skim milk?

I was using soy milk for a while, but it doesn't seem to really work as well in baked goods and it separates in sauces, etc.

mandalinn82 01-15-2008 08:04 PM

Barbara - in some applications, it works like a charm. You really have to experiment, but I have used it to bake and it came out just fine.

CountingDown 01-15-2008 08:47 PM

I have used almond milk and soy milk and rice milk for baking. Amanda is right, most of the time things come out fine. I finally gave up trying to find milks that are organic, non-GMO and unsweetened (I live in a fairly small town). I asked for a "milk maker" for Christmas. It has taken a few tries to make soy milk that doesn't smell beany, but so far the almond, rice and soy milks have been wonderful. Our natural food store carries organic non-GMO soybeans :)

An added benefit, the "sludge" left over is wonderful for making high-protein breads, pancakes, and muffins :)

jade408 01-19-2008 04:22 AM

My personal opinion..the Pacific Almond Milk is crappy. Stick with the Almond breeze. BTW Almond Breeze is great in Iced Chai Tea.

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