Are you dairy-free in addition to gluten-free? Well, you are in for a treat. Whole Foods Market’s private label brand, 365 Everyday Value, is now offering almond milk in addition to soy. While there are several other brands on the market, the addition of another trusted brand is always welcome to help keep things competitive.
The new almond milk cartons say “vegan, organic, non-dairy, gluten-free and low-fat” on the side and is offered in Original, Vanilla & Unsweetened. I purchased the Unsweetened last week at whole foods. The price was right in line with what I have been paying for a half gallon of Silk Pure Almond and a little more expensive than the half gallon of Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze, however the 365 Everyday value is the only one that is organic. The taste of the Unsweetened milk is very close to that of the other two that I use. I don’t care for overly sweetened almond milk for drinking.
I use almond milk in place of cow’s milk for baking, cereal & smoothies. I use it for coffee creamer every morning in my coffee. I have actually started to crave the taste of the almond milk in place of cow’s milk. I know this may sound odd, but I used to crave cow’s milk, but it would really upset my stomach when I drank it. No amount of Lactaid would help.
Interested in starting your day with an energizing smoothie? Try this one that I found at Whole Foods Market’s website:
Use any favorite fruits such as peaches, raspberries or bananas to make this creamy smoothie.
1/2 cup pure apple or berry juice
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries
3 ice cubes (only if using fresh fruit)
**Kim’s addition – Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to make a quick, on-the-go breakfast. Jay Robb is gluten-free.
Put all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Serve.
Have you had a chance to try these almond milks yet? What are your thoughts? I hope to pick up the vanilla the next time I am in Whole Foods.