I tried TJs unsweetened vanilla almond milk and found the taste to be a bit more watered down than skim milk but still tolerable. I only had it with cereal. While lower in calories per serving (45 per cup) compared to skim milk, it was "higher" in fat, higher in sodium and very low on protein. I don't drink a lot of milk on a regular basis so I decided to switch back to skim. I haven't looked at other brands to compare though.
I use it because it is creamy, has more calcium, and has only 30 calories per cup (in the unsweetened original version). This version has no added sugar and even though it has salt, dairy milk naturally has about 150 mg sodium per serving from the cow's body. I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a tasty, dairy-free alternative!
i used to until I found out that they make it with GMO's. Now I just make my own. Cheaper and better tasting. If I do need to buy I get the TJ's or WF's brands.
5/17/13 9:24 A
I too use the silk almond unsweeted for 30 calories. I use it to make pudding (not as thick as consistency) but it works great! Much better for my tummy issues!
5/16/13 2:44 P
I use Silk PureAlmond unsweetened Not only because i am a vegetarian with mostly vegan food choices but because that 30 calories per cup vs. my boyfriends 120 cal per cup whole milk is a pretty attractive reason I absolutely love the taste as well.
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5/16/13 1:58 P
I prefer Silk Almond milk the unsweetened 30 calorie per cup version.
I used to drink Silk Almond Milk because it is cheaper than Almond Breeze. But, I switched back because Almond Breeze has more potassium. I drink the 60 calorie version.
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5/16/13 11:35 A
I switched to unsweetened vanilla almond Silk from unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze because Silk uses non GMO almonds and doesn't have carrageenan. I admit, I don't really know much about carrageenan or why it's supposed to be bad, but I figure better safe than sorry, if I can get it without I'll do that. So I do.
It tastes great to me, I drink it plain, on cereal, in cooking, in smoothies, even in baking. Pretty much anywhere I need milk I can replace it with this, except in things like pudding where you need it to 'set up' like milk. It's even great for mixed drinks as it won't curdle combined with alcohol.
If it was just to "replace" milk I probably wouldn't bother, but I also use it for calcium. Even if it is "just tums" it's still calcium, and easier to digest than in milk, and I prefer to eat/drink my nutrients than buy vitamins which make me choke trying to swallow sometimes.
Edited by: ELENGIL at: 5/16/2013 (11:36)
5/16/13 9:48 A
I drink it. It is higher in protein and to me, it tastes better than skim milk, the bonus, lower calories.
5/16/13 7:32 A
I really like Silk True Almond Unsweetened Vanilla. It's fantastic in smoothies and only 30 calories per cup.
5/16/13 7:12 A
I prefer other brands, personally - but everyone is different.
Not sure that I think it's higher in protein, because that's not my main focus; the unsweetened variety is something I happen to like, but I don't drink it daily.
lower in calories, yes. more proteins? i'm going to go with no. if you want a non-cow milk that is comparable in protein, the only one i have ever seen is soy. most of the others [almond, hemp, hazelnut, etc] have significantly less protein than cow milk so if you drink milk for the protein those aren't good replacements.
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610 5/16/13 6:35 A
I use coconut milk
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25,442 5/16/13 6:23 A
A NZ brand of Almond Milk has sodium added, BUT the sodium content per 250ml serving, is only 100mg. It has 43 Calories, and only 1.5g Protein. Calcium is 188mg per serving. Sugars is only .5 grams.
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4,174 5/16/13 1:34 A
Perhaps its just the Chocolate one that has the sugar...I'm not really sure....! I don't recall the other brand my DIL buys. She alternates with whatever is on sale. (That's another reason I'm not too impressed with the Almond Milk ...$$$... ) But I certainly acknowledge it might be a great addition for some folks food lists.... patti
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713 5/16/13 1:12 A
What brand do you use instead?
5/15/13 11:42 P
I don't drink "almond silk" and my brand doesn't have added cane sugar. I'm guessing not all brands are created equal.
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4,174 5/15/13 11:38 P
If you like it as a milk substitute, that's fine.... Its not the salt that bothers me: its the other ingredients! On the Chocolate one my DIL buys: 2nd ingredient is "Evaporated Cane Juice" , 3rd cocoa and 4th: calcium carbonate....(yep--plain ol' Tums!)
So it bothers me a bit that they hype the "more calcium than milk"! Nor do I need the extra sugar....
But I totally understand that many are lactose intolerant--my brother in law is downright allergic now!! (I'm one of the fortunate few who are not!) Take care, patti
PS...re the salt: its 150mg NA per serving/ Fat Free milk is 120mg...so not a lot of difference there.
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 5/15/2013 (23:43)
5/15/13 9:31 P
i started drinking it recently, as regular milk doesnt agree with me. it tastes good, and does not bother my stomach. i can meet my calcium goals, finally! i am a little worried though because the label lists salt. any feedback would also be appreciated.
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5/15/13 9:00 P
It is really good and lower in Calories and more proteins. Does anyone use it? Joan
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