I have admitted my smoothie love affair here before, more than once. But a constant is usually milk and almonds. The almonds were originally inspired by my favorite store-bought smoothie, the Health Nut at Tropical Smoothie, but my blender hates them. It can’t grind them small enough so there’s always little almond chunks in every other sip. Then a vegan friend said something brilliant…”Why don’t you try almond milk?”
While I was at Whole Foods for Brendan Brazier, I grabbed some 365 Everyday Value Organic Almond Milk.
I got the vanilla flavor because I originally planned to use kale, which apparently isn’t as sweet as spinach. That didn’t happen this time. I got impatient so I worked with what I already had. You can’t make a smoothie with just milk, so as Gomer Pile would say, here are my “supplies, supplies, supplies…” 😉
I always contemplate variations of smoothies but I go back to my true loves every time.
But I also figured it was best to use what I know I love to judge the impact of the almond milk. I blended it all up and poured it in my new cup!
A perfect sweet-tooth, on-the-go dinner.
Of course, in this case, my on-the-go destination was my couch…but who said there were rules? Back to the real reason for my post, judging the almond milk!
Short answer: delicious but I never would’ve noticed a difference from cow milk.
Long answer: I love cow milk and have always drank it. (Drunk it? Drinken it?) Anyways, I don’t have a problem with lactose or anything but here are the main reasons for why I will continue to use it instead of cow milk for many purposes.
- I put cream in my coffee and tea, eat cheese every week and used to have yogurt or a smoothie with milk every day. But once I started running, I noticed I got all phlemy. It made it hard to breathe efficiently and would give me headaches afterward. A doctor mentioned I may want to reduce my dairy intake. Now I don’t have to give up my
beloved recovery smoothies!
- As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, my blender hates whole raw almonds.
- I was using milk and almonds separately, now I have a shortcut and it doesn’t spoil as quickly as cow milk.
Compared to 1 cup of 1% cow milk, 1 cup of almond milk has:
- 50 fewer calories
- 1.5 grams fewer saturated fat
- 35 milligrams more sodium
- 4 grams less carbohydrates
- 15 milligrams less cholesterol
- 5 grams less sugar
- 8 grams less protein
Of course, I got the vanilla flavored so the sugar and carbohydrate content was a bit higher than the regular almond or cow milk.
The only thing that surprised me was how little protein was in the almond milk compared to cow milk or whole almonds. What happens to it in the processing? I can’t justify my smoothies being good for recovery without the protein. 😦 Hmmmm.
Overall, it tastes good and has benefits, so I’m glad I tried it! Have you guys tried almond milk? Tell me why if you drink it! I’m sure I missed some pros or cons along the way.