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October 19, 2011 12:27 PM
Alright, sell me on almond milk. Is it really better for you than skim milk? How does the nutrition compare? How about taste and cost?

I love milk but generally am down to 1 glass per day now since I've started my weight loss journey. Even so, this would be a major change for me. The most use it would get for me would be in my morning protein shake (1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 cup milk, 2 tbsp peanut butter, ice).
October 19, 2011 12:36 PM
love mmmmmmalmond milk.
October 19, 2011 12:39 PM
Why the hell is it so expensive?

Skimmed milk 2.2litres = £1.20

Almond milk 1litre= £3

WTF!
Edited by Picola1984 On October 19, 2011 12:39 PM
October 19, 2011 12:52 PM
Almond milk has way less protein than regular milk (almond milk has only 1g per cup while milk has 8g). But milk has sugars in it while unsweetened almond milk does not. So it depends on what you're looking for.

Edit: I love almond milk in my protein shakes because it's so thick and creamy.
Edited by adhillman01 On October 19, 2011 12:53 PM
October 19, 2011 12:57 PM
I love love love almond milk! It's 40 calories versus 90 for skim milk. Calcium is similar, I think. Protein is not nearly as much, but I eat tons of protein as it is. Almond milk can be used as a substitute for milk to blend with eggs for a very low-cal omelet, or as creamer in coffee. The flavor is great, and almonds are good for you.

I've been reading about cow milk and the milk industry and studies done on human consumption of cow's milk--I pretty much don't want to consume it regularly unless in the form of cheese or yogurt. (Still eat meat though.) Though I will have it in coffee or if that's what someone is serving I'll have it. I made sure to drink it regularly while pregnant since there's such a fetal necessity for calcium.
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October 19, 2011 2:17 PM
How does almond milk rate with a chocolate chip cookie? That is the really important question.
October 19, 2011 2:23 PM
I dont know what to say other than the fact that almond milk is super good! I LOVE it!
October 19, 2011 2:24 PM
I prefer Almond Milk. I like to mix it in my cereals and protein powders.
October 19, 2011 2:24 PM
Edit: Damn double post
Edited by Saruman_w On October 19, 2011 2:25 PM
October 19, 2011 2:26 PM
QUOTE:

How does almond milk rate with a chocolate chip cookie? That is the really important question.
No comparison. If I eat something like a cookie, I have to have regular milk with it. I do love almond milk in my protein shakes though.
October 26, 2011 7:00 AM
So I finally got some almond milk last night. I must have got the wrong kind or something as it was 90 calories? The taste is fine though, and worked pretty good in my protein shake this morning.
October 26, 2011 7:16 AM
I have the 90 calorie/cup Vanilla PureAlmond milk; I find that I can't drink it straight, but I eat it with my Kashi heart-to-heart cereal and could tolerate the difference.

Note: I have been a skim milk drinker since I was 14. I suddenly developed lactose intolerance about 2 months ago. I was VERY skeptical about trying a milk substitute.

The thicker consistency of almond milk bothers me a little bit, but that is because any milk thicker than skim triggers a "ugh" reflex. I imagine that it is next to perfect for making shakes, though. I have yet to try it as coffee creamer because that is one of the few dairy products I haven't had to give up.

The price is somewhat bothersome, as well. However, the longer fridge life is wonderful as it used to be a struggle to drink even a half gallon of milk before it went bad.

Another thing; you can't always substitute one for the other. I was excited that I might be able to make some of the instant pudding hanging around in my cupboards...but almond milk does not set up. It remains a liquid, some have theorized, because of the lack of proteins inherent in milk.

So, mixed reviews from me. After I finish this box of Kashi cereal, 50% chance that I will write it off and never drink it again.
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October 26, 2011 9:03 AM
I am not a milk drinker but do love cereal. I buy almond milk quite frequently for my cereal. My favorite is Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original. An entire cup only has 40 calories. I have tried Silk Almond Milk and hate the texture of it. I say try it and see...if you don't like it, try another brand or flavor - they are definitely not all the same!
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October 26, 2011 9:23 AM
The grocery store I was at had a generic kind for half the price, so I rolled the dice that way. I missed that it was 90 calories though. Better luck next time.
October 26, 2011 11:06 AM
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I am not a milk drinker but do love cereal. I buy almond milk quite frequently for my cereal. My favorite is Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original. An entire cup only has 40 calories. I have tried Silk Almond Milk and hate the texture of it. I say try it and see...if you don't like it, try another brand or flavor - they are definitely not all the same!


Interesting. I'm on Silk and the consistency is like chocolate milk. I'll keep the Almond Breeze name in mind.


Agree! I hope the local stores carry it.
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October 29, 2011 7:43 PM
Almond milk is super easy to make yourself also. You just need a blender and something to strain it with (I use a "nut mylk" bag, but cheesecloth or a fine strainer will work as well). I use 1 cup almonds to 4 cups water, strain away the pulp, and you're good to go. I probably wouldn't be so industrious if I could buy almond milk for less than AU$9 a litre, however sad
October 29, 2011 7:44 PM
I loooooooooooooooooooooove almond milk. I get the unsweetened kind and it's only 35 cals/cup. Less than half of skim milk.
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October 29, 2011 8:36 PM
Silk's unsweetened almond milk is zero net carbs (1g carb - 1g fiber = 0g net carbs) for one cup and 35 calories. I like to mix three cups with Isopure protein powder for a nutrient-rich, no net carb, fairly low calorie mix after a hard workout.
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October 29, 2011 8:40 PM
I use the Almond Breeze unsweetened Vanilla and like it in things. Mostly I add it to my coffee, and protein shakes. It is fine in my cereal as well. For those purposes it is great. It adds to my calcium and potassium intake with little extra sugar.

As a replacement to that glass of milk to go with a cookie or brownie? It is a poor substitute. Since that is not something I do often, it is no big loss though.
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October 29, 2011 9:01 PM
I personally can't stand almond milk. As for calcium, the only way almond milk can compare to real milk is if it's added calcium, because almond milk itself (without fortification) is a very poor source of calcium - might as well just pop a supplement.

If the cals bug you, just dilute it half and half with water.
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October 29, 2011 9:17 PM
QUOTE:

Alright, sell me on almond milk. Is it really better for you than skim milk?

What is your definition of "better for you"?
October 29, 2011 9:21 PM
I love it, I use it everyday! It works great in my protein shake! I get the vanilla unflavored one by Almond breeze and its perfect. 40cals a cup, and extremely low on carbs and fats. Even if your only going to use it for your shake, or just to have a small glass with breakfast, it is definitely worth it with the calorie comparison. It tends to taste like a vanilla milkshake (the sweetened one moreso), but I love it for my morning coffee and my shakes!!

Hope this helps!!
October 29, 2011 9:25 PM
p.s. nothing actually compares to good ole' fashioned milk and cookies, however it's in the top 5 ( !!!! )
And I get coupons for it online all the time, go to the manufacturer and see if you can get anything. Almond breeze offers more than silk does.
October 29, 2011 9:27 PM
I prefer the taste of unsweetened Almond Breeze (any flavor) over skim milk. It's 50% less calories, too.

Aside from that, I can't consume too much dairy or my face breaks out (due to the hormones they give the cows to produce more milk, I assume).

Try it for a couple weeks.. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the skim milk. :)
October 30, 2011 1:08 AM
QUOTE:

I prefer the taste of unsweetened Almond Breeze (any flavor) over skim milk. It's 50% less calories, too.

Aside from that, I can't consume too much dairy or my face breaks out (due to the hormones they give the cows to produce more milk, I assume).

Try it for a couple weeks.. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the skim milk. :)


The hormones occur naturally since the cows are usually pregnant while lactating (it increases milk production without added hormones) - at most, all added hormones contribute in milk is 10% increase of igf-1. Milk is supposed to make baby cows grow up, so obviously milk will have hormones that is necessary to do that. There's a correlation to acne and milk regardless of whether the cows are organic or not. Some people are just prone to breakouts while drinking milk because of this. (http://themilkblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/how-milk-causes-acne.html)

Anywho, I switched to almond milk when I cut regular milk out of my diet (I still use heavy cream, but I can't use the skim I used to love). It took me a while to get used to it, but I love it in protein shakes for breakfast now. I blend it with a few tablespoons of coconut milk for added fat and the protein powder. It's fantastic. I get the almond breeze unsweetened vanilla.

I don't mind the lack of calcium, since I try to get my calcium from better sources like dark leafy greens, which I highly recommend because I think no matter what sort of diet you're on, dark leafy greens are always a good thing.
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