For years, I’ve been hearing about the almond milk phenomena and quietly ignoring it and going about my ways. Often even thinking, “oh people are so dramatic/snobs… just drink milk. sheesh” I know…how terrible of me. Of course, those who are lactose intolerant are an exception, but why does every other person have to rave about the damn thing? its just milk!
Until a few months ago…when for reasons that are blurry right now, I went and bought almond milk. What’s the big deal… does it even taste good? Isn’t it so expensive? I’m perfectly happy with my 1%.
And my milk game (if I may call it that) has totally changed! Almond milk is freaking delicious! and it lasts FOREVER (in comparison to dairy milk) in the refrigerator! I don’t have to binge drink it to avoid expiration date. Whoa! I mean, yes, they do say that you have to consume it within 7-10 days of opening, but you can purchase it and not open it for a very long time if you so wished. But wait, there’s more; it doesn’t HAVE to be refrigerated. That’s right, its perfectly fine at room temperature which makes it an excellent to-go beverage.
So, now that I’m loving almond milk, I decided to do some research on why its good for us and if you have doubts like I did, please read on:
- Helps lose and maintain weight!
One cup of almond milk contains only 60 calories, as opposed to 146 calories in whole milk, 122 calories in 2 percent, 102 calories in 1 percent, and 86 calories in skim. No cholesterol or saturated fat either! (lifehack.org)
- Makes your skin glow!
Almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin’s health, such as protecting it against sun damage. (lifehack.org)
- Doesn’t taste like regular milk!
If you don’t particularly love the taste of cow’s milk, this is great for you. It tastes delicious, seriously!
- Can be substituted in recipes!
What?! …yea! you can use it in recipes that call for milk. It will taste different but it won’t impact the recipe in terms of the actual texture, etc.
- High in antioxidants!
Almond milk is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, so it can help prevent cancer and slow the signs of aging. (fitday.com)
Of course, there are loads more benefits that a simple google search will render, but the above mentioned are the important ones for me.
So, next time you’re at the supermarket, pick one up to see how you like it. I’ve tried both the Almond Breeze by Blue Diamond and Silk brands. Although I don’t prefer one over the other in terms of taste, with the lawsuit against Blue Diamond currently ongoing, I’m going to stick to Silk.