In my search to find lactose free foods that are high in calcium, I found almond milk. This particular brand (Silk), has 45% DV calcium with no lactose. I am very pleased to say that it is also delicious and is therefore the pick for this New Food Friday!
I love almonds, who doesn’t? So it’s no surprise that I love almond milk too.
Almond milk tastes like chocolate milk without the chocolate. But before you lactose intolerant folks run out and buy some, you should know that there are differences in the various brands of this type of milk in the event you want to cook with it. Aye, there’s the rub. There’s always a catch, isn’t there?
First, what about freezing it? Since an opened container of almond milk should be used before 7-10 days, I wondered if I could freeze some in the event I couldn’t drink it all in that time span.
According to the Silk website, the product changes in texture when thawed although you may still use it for frozen dessert recipes.
As it turned out, I had no problem drinking one cup daily for breakfast and finishing the container before the 10 days was up. The almond flavor goes great while eating a banana. I’m not a cold cereal eater in the wintertime, but I bet almond milk would be great in a bowl of cereal with sliced bananas!
So, can you heat it? Yes, you can with the Silk brand of almond milk. I can’t wait to make hot chocolate with it. By the way, the recipes on their website are decadent! See http://silk.com/recipes
If you can heat it, then you can bake with it so I made a batch of carrot/walnut/raisin muffins with one cup of almond milk.
They came out great!
Many people make their own almond milk. It’s not that difficult. Here is one example.
Almonds and almond milk are very good sources of Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps with less cognitive decline as you age. Some say almonds keep you thinking clearly and boost brain power. So, the benefits of almonds and almond milk go further than adding calcium to your diet and helping folks with lactose intolerance.
One cup of Almond milk also contains 25% DV of vitamin D. Vitamin D as you know, is the sunshine vitamin. We don’t get as much sunshine in the winter as we do in the summer when we’re outdoors more. It isn’t easy to get the vitamin D we need everyday so almond milk can help you reach those dietary needs too.
Here is the nutritional information.
This is an almond grove.
This is an almond branch with almonds.
This is your brain on almonds and almond milk.
The milk mustache in the Featured column is by Vengel Crimson – flickr