I love this so much and drink so much of it, that Almond Milk deserves the respect of its own post!
To clear things up, I do love all brands of it – Blue Diamond, Silk, Trader Joe’s, etc. I don’t really discriminate. But as of late, I find myself only buying Silk Original and Unsweetened Almond Milk.
What brought me to almond milk? Well first, it was definitely reading the buzz about it through the fitness and nutrition blogger world. I became curious so I was on a mission to buy it/try it. Second, I was attracted to the low-calorie content (just being honest – the only calories I like to drink are alcoholic beverages ;)). Third, I loved how it tasted once I tried it in cereal, and I am now obsessed with it shakes, too. I cannot, however, get into it in coffee; don’t like it. I also like the Original the best; vanilla flavored doesn’t really do it for me. I feel like you get more of the “almond taste” and that is the taste I am after. So to say I love this stuff is kind of an understatement. I am obsessed: I have approximately 2-3 half-gallons in my fridge at all times. I get nervous when I am down to the last one because at any given moment I could easily polish that off.
Every morning I make some kind of blended shake with it before I head to work (almond milk, ice, cocoa powder, whey protein, and a little Truvia all blended by the Magic Bullet); and at night after teaching Zumba, I make a huge bowl of cereal (Kashi berry blossoms, corn flakes, or recently KIX mixed together with almonds and craisins) with probably at least 2 servings of almond milk added. I have found after intense heavy cardio sessions, I need carbs, and cereal & almond milk has been a great recovery food for me (I will make this a blog post). I do also like the taste of it alone, so on weekends sometimes I just drink it by the glass. See how it easy it is to plow through a measly half-gallon that only has 8 servings?
Health Benefits of Almond Milk:
“Treat your body to the smooth, creamy pleasure of natural almondmilk*, with absolutely no added sugar. Every delicious serving pours on feel-great nutrition like calcium and antioxidant vitamin E, for only 35 calories. Perfect in recipes, over cereal or straight up in a glass.” Source
- Just 35 calories per serving
- 50% more calcium than milk**
- Excellent source of antioxidant vitamin E
- Absolutely no saturated fat or cholesterol
- 100% free of lactose and dairy
* Dairy milk contains 30% DV of calcium, Silk PureAlmondmilk contains 45% DV of calcium. Dairy data sourced from USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23 (2010).
This is a picture of my fridge below. As you can see there are 2 full ones right now. I may run to the store today after I teach Zumba to get another half-gallon because once the weekend strikes, I go right through these suckers, and I have a real OCD and fear of running out of the things I love to eat. I know, I’m weird, but being honest.