I was accustomed to drinking soy milk because I thought it was the best alternative to dairy milk. I also tried rice milk, and that was good and flavorful, but seemed a bit watery. Over the last few years, I stumbled upon almond milk and gave it a try. After one taste I was hooked!
These days, soy milk is advertised in abundance and sold in just about every grocery store and easy to locate. I was accustomed to drinking soy milk because I thought it was the best alternative to dairy milk. I also tried rice milk, and that was good and flavorful, but seemed a bit watery. Over the last few years, I stumbled upon almond milk and gave it a try. After one taste I was hooked!
I love soy milk, and rice milk is also very good, but my favorite dairy alternative is Almond Breeze Almond Milk. I think almond milk has a wonderful flavor. I used to drink soy milk all the time until I discovered how delicious and nutritious almond milk was. My usual brand is Almond Breeze, which is wonderful, and I recently tried their Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. I actually do not prefer vanilla flavored dairy milk alternatives, and picked the vanilla variety by accident. I considered returning it for an exchange, but decided I could drink the container. I mostly use it for cereal anyway, so I wouldn't mind the added vanilla flavoring.
For a standard one cup (240 mL) serving, Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla has only 40 calories, 30 from fat, and no cholesterol, unlike even fat free dairy milk. It has only 3.5 grams of total fat (5% RDA). This almond milk contains 8% RDA of sodium, 5% potassium, and 1 gram of protein per serving. It provides 1 gram (4%) of fiber and 0 grams of sugar. It is a good source of vitamins E and D as well as calcium, vitamin A, and other vitamins and minerals.
Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk provides as much calcium and vitamin D as dairy milk but without any cholesterol, saturated fat, or lactose, and with no sugar or artificial sweeteners per serving as well.
Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk tastes great and has a very smooth and creamy flavor with a subtle sweetness and hint of almond flavor. It has even less of a hint of vanilla flavor, probably since it's unsweetened, so I was incredibly pleased with the flavor. It does not taste like dairy milk or soy milk and is more substantial and flavorful than rice milk, in my opinion. I highly recommend this product if you are concerned with drinking dairy milk for any reason or have been looking into healthier options, especially for something that's unsweetened. Those on diets will be especially pleased to know there are no sweeteners and only 40 calories per serving!
I really like this variety. I have never tried an Almond Breeze brand almond milk that I disliked. I even used this unsweetened vanilla milk to make a homemade Alfredo sauce, which turned out wonderfully.
This milk is made from filtered water, almonds, tapioca starch, natural vanilla flavor, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, and other ingredients. Almond Breeze contains no dairy, soy, lactose, cholesterol, peanuts, casein, gluten, eggs, saturated fat, or monosodium glutamate (MSG). Almond Breeze is made without genetically modified ingredients and is pure and natural, without any chemicals, antibiotics, preservatives, and other harmful ingredients. Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk is safe for vegans.
While Almond Breeze is a healthy alternative to dairy milk and soy milk, fortified with vitamins and minerals and rich in antioxidants, this product is obviously not qualified to be used as infant formula but is safe for children and adults of all ages.
Almond Breeze comes in a mainly sky blue container with the words Almond Breeze Rich and Creamy Almond Milk near the middle of the front of the package. Near the top is the brand Blue Diamond in white lettering inside of a blue diamond-shaped space and the words "all natural" above the brand's name. Milk is shown splashing onto a healthy fruity bowl of cereal near the bottom of the label with the word "Vanilla" in a creamy color. The word "Unsweetened" is prominently featured in a hot pink area near the top of the container.
The almond milk comes in the standard waxy cardboard container, in which most half gallons of milk are housed. I believe such containers are easily recyclable or reusable. Almond Breeze displays nutritional information on the very next panel (if you turn the container clockwise) and has a white plastic screw-off cap for easy pouring and storage. It is suggested to shake well before using and must remain refrigerated. It keeps for about 7-10 days once opened. Find out even more information at www.BlueDiamond.com.
Other Products from Blue Diamond
Blue Diamond, the makers of Almond Breeze, was founded in 1910 and are the "largest nut processing and marketing company." They claim to be "dedicated to offering a variety of ways to enjoy... tasty and nutritious almonds everyday," according to their website.
Aside from almond milk, Blue Diamond also produces a variety of other almond-based products, such as Almond Butter, Nut Thins (crackers), cooking and baking almonds, oven-roasted almonds, flavored almonds, and more. You can find recipes and more information at the website, BlueDiamond.com.
Note: almond milk is written as one word on the product container and website, but I've used two words for easier reading and search purposes.
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