Why Almond Milk? We Explore Some Questions With Almond Creamery
Almond milk is all the rage. Every coffee shop now offers ‘Almond Milk Lattes’, vegans and the more health-conscious run a gazillion miles if they come across one that doesn’t, and the Internet is dense with memes focusing on ‘vegans getting up at 4am to milk their almonds’. Personally, I’ve recently spent a bit of time getting to know the Almond Creamery products, which has got me thinking: What exactly is almond milk? And why is it ‘so good for you’? Find out below … and my final verdict.
What Is Almond Milk?
What is almond milk? Well, contrary to the Internet memes, no one actually gets up at 4am to milk almonds. It’s easy to make yourself (though you’ll need a lot of almonds, which is why almond milk is pricy). In a nutshell (no pun intended), you make almond milk by blending almonds with water and then straining the mixture to remove any solids, thus creating a smooth creamy texture.
The creaminess depends, of course, on the almond milk you buy, as many commercially available almond milks are quite watered down. Hence, it does make sense to actually invest in a good one! But a good almond milk will have a nice creamy texture, a nutty flavour, and will work well as a healthy cow’s milk replacement. Let’s look at that health claim.
“Loaded With Nutrients”
Almonds are naturally rich in fibre and several vitamins and minerals. Since almond milk is made from blanched (skinless) almonds and most of the fibre is in the skin, almond milk isn’t necessarily incredibly rich in fibre. It does, however, contain numerous nutrients. These include calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, riboflavin, and Vitamin E.
These vitamins and minerals have many great benefits for the body: Reducing blood pressure, maintaining a healthy heart, strengthening muscles, improving kidney function, strengthening bones, improving the skin, and boosting immunity.
Not all almond milks are created equal and some are enriched to provide greater quantities of nutrients as the milk isn’t naturally as nutrient-dense as cow’s milk (apparently). From a nutritional point of view, then, almond milk may not always be the best choice. But from a vegan and health-conscious perspective, the hurray for almond milk is definitely there …
For one, there’s no denying that almond milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk. This is great for vegans as well as those who are intolerant or allergic to milk. Almond milk contains no lactose, and can safely be used as a milk replacement.
Personally, almond milk doesn’t give me the uumph I want in my regular filter coffee at home, but it’s great in store-made cappuccinos! And a great milk alternative in yummy breakfast porridges!
Low In Calories
Probably the biggest health factor when it comes to almond milk, though, is that it is so low in calories. Although almonds are quite rich in fat, the watered-down nature of the milk makes this a quite calorie-low alternative to higher-calorie drinks, even when compared to standard skim milk.
In addition, many commercially available almond milks contain tons of sugar – turning a good healthy drink into a bottle of poison (#JustSaying). That’s one of the reasons I really like Almond Creamery. Their products are not sweetened with conventional sugar! They do contain dates though to get some of that sweetness in.
Loving Almond Creamery
Personally, almond milk perplexes me. I’ve found it to be great for some things, but not so great for others. As I mentioned, normal filter coffee with almond milk just doesn’t cut it for me. But for some reason I am tremendously in love with the Almond Creamery products as stand-alone drinks. Their flavours include Chocolate, Coffee, Chai spice, and the Original Almond. And I could down a bottle of any one of these in a second – they’re so incredibly yummy! Favourites include Chocolate and Coffee (which is weird, considering I don’t like coffee with almond milk – go figure).
The Almond Creamery products are also marketed as containing five times more nuts than their leading competitor. Now, I can’t say for sure who their leading competitor is, but I’ve tried numerous almond milks on the market and Almond Creamery is by far the yummiest I’ve come across. It actually tastes like something; not just that stuff that proclaims to be yummy almond milk but literally tastes like nothing but water with some white colouring.
So I may be biased coz I literally just gulped down a bottle of Almond Creamery Original Almond Milk, but if a non-vegan and completely lactose-loving person like me can find the yumminess in Almond Creamery, then I think that’s saying a lot. Regardless of whether you’re vegan or just trying to stay in the healthy lane, definitely give Almond Creamery a try.
Where To Get It
Almond Creamery is available at many health stores, but good bets are Wellness Warehouse, Spar, Olive Branch Deli, and Giovanni’s Deli. It retails for an average of R40 a bottle. For more information on Almond Creamery, how it is made, recipes, and outlets, visit their official website here.
Article Date: May 2018
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