Almond milk is made from ground almonds that are blended with water. Sweetener and vanilla or chocolate is often added. Almond milk products have become widely available in recent years, and can now be found in almost every grocery store. It’s also very easy to make at home.
Almond milk is fast replacing cows’ milk in the world’s refrigerators. In 2014 alone, U.S. sales jumped about 46 percent. There are countless reasons not to drink cow’s milk, and almond milk is an excellent alternative. It’s much lower in saturated fat than cow’s milk, has no cholesterol, and best of all it has not connection to animal cruelty or the veal industry. Another reason that almond milk is gaining popularity so quickly is its great flavor—many people think that almond milk tastes far better than cow’s milk.
Although almonds are loaded with protein, most almond milks are not. Generally speaking, soy milk offers a far richer source of protein and vitamins than does almond milk. That said, the textures and flavors of the best brands of almond milk are superb. And almond milk is great on cereal or used as the base of a smoothie.
Brands of Almond Milk:
- Almond Breeze (Blue Diamond)
- Earth Balance
- So Delicious
- Pacific Natural Foods
- Trader Joe’s
- 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods Brand)