Almond Milk Instead of Milk

| 07/19/2011

Almond Milk has been getting a ton of press lately especially since Silk launched that new ad campaign with the truck that comes to people’s’ homes insisting they try their milk instead of regular-old-dairy-milk. It kind of reminds me of the Folgers Coffee ads of the 80′s when real coffee in restaurants was secretly switched to the imitation stuff and people surprisingly loved it. In a 2011 National Taste Test, Silk found “Most People Prefer the Taste of Silk Vanilla to typical dairy milk” which may be what sparked that funny ad.

And it’s no lie.  Almond milk is delicious. It has a creamy smooth texture you can pour over cereal, add to coffee or drink alone. And you aren’t wasting calories here either, almond milk has fewer calories and more calcium than an 8oz glass of milk.  Look at the nutrition information below:

almond milkAlmond milk has 60 calories per 8 ounce glass, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, 30% of daily calcium, and 30% of daily Vitamin E. It also had no saturated fat or cholesterol, unlike its dairy counterpart and almost half the sugar.  Sounds like a brilliant substitute.

An additional bonus: when you drink almond milk, you don’t have to worry about all the added hormones or that you get drinking regular cow’s milk.

Almond milk is available at just about every grocery store. Some is stored on the shelf and others in the refrigerated case. Silk, Blue Diamond, and Pacific are probably the most popular brands and they offer a wide variety of flavors from regular, vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut and unsweetened.

Try using almond milk in recipes as an equal substitute for milk. It’s great in smoothies and it even heats well for things like chocolate dipping sauce or baking muffins.

What have you used almond milk for in your kitchen?  Share your recipes below.



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Kate Shean is the founder of Natural Wellness Girl. She holds a Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University and is a mother of two great daughters.

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