All too often, Australian watch health trends come and go in the US without ever reaching our shores. One of the biggest trends at the moment is non-dairy milk alternatives. Before, those who were lactose intolerant were stuck drinking soy milk, which is now under scrutiny, but slowly more options are creeping onto the market. One of those new options is Almond Breeze, an American favourite, launched recently in Australia.
Almond Breeze, is a low-fat milk alternative made from super-food almonds entirely free from dairy, eggs and lactose and preservatives. Easy to incorporate into your diet, it’s low in cholesterol and perfect for vegetarians and vegans cutting animal protein out of their diets.
Almonds are a wonderful source of calcium and contain high levels of Vitamin D and E which strengthens bones and replenishes the skin.
While many milk-alternatives have strange aftertastes when included in dishes and drinks, Almond Breeze tastes delicious on its own. It adds a nice, well-rounded flavour to coffee and replaces standard milk in any baking recipe or smoothie.
Even with a standard cereal, Almond Breeze’s slightly sweet and nutty flavour is a welcome addition to breakfast time.
Almond Breeze is currently available in Original and Unsweetened. Original contains a small amount of raw sugar, so Unsweetened is an excellent option for those who are lowering their sugar intake. Unsweetened Almond milk also has a low glycemic index and is also a great solution for diabetics. But do note, it’s not all natural like it would be if you made it yourself, this is a convenient option.
Almond milk is versatile, below is a recipe for a Breakfast Banana Smoothie, great for a grab and go start to the day on a busy weekday morning or even an afternoon snack:
- 250ml Almond Breeze
- 2 tsp. honey (we recommend raw honey or rice malt syrup & 1 tsp coconut oil for added goodness)
- 1 ripe banana, peeled, sliced and frozen (or berries and mango if you want something different)
- 3 ice cubes
- Optional: Chia seeds for their yummy goodness but drink it quickly as they like to soak up the liquid
Blend Almond Breeze with remaining ingredients until smooth.
In a matter of minutes your breakfast is ready and you’ll be out the door with a refreshing, tasty treat.
If you’re after something sweet for an afternoon snack, almond milk is also great in baking. This recipe for blueberry muffins will make a great 3pm pick-me-up:
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar (we recommend natvia or stevia powder instead of sugar)
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 ½ cups Almond Breeze
- 1 ¾ cups self-raising flour (if you are wheat intolerant, we recommend almond meal or gluten free flour)
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 ½ cup blueberries
Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix well and slowly stir in milk. Sift flour and add slowly, whisking to avoid lumps. Gently fold in blueberries. Spoon into a greased muffin tray, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Of course, you can always make your own Almond Milk, it’s pretty simple and easy check out this recipe or you can pick up Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Cookbook for her recipe and lots of ideas for using Almond Milk.
You can purchase Blend Almond Milk nationally at Coles.
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