Almond Milk – Which Brand Tastes Best?

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almond milk Almond Milk   Which Brand Tastes Best?Almond milk is a milky drink made from ground almonds. Unlike dairy milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose. Regular, unsweetened almond milk can be used as a substitute for dairy milk in recipes, smoothies and protein shakes, and since it does not contain any animal products, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Most commercial almond milk products come in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors and are often enriched with vitamins. Almond milk can also be made at home by combining ground almonds with water in a blender. Vanilla or chocolate flavoring and sweeteners can be added. Due to possible allergies, almond milk should not be used in baby formula

TraderJoe 150x150 Almond Milk   Which Brand Tastes Best?Trader Joe’s Almond Milk – Original- Non-dairy

Price: $2.99/half gallon

Trader Joe’s contains 60 calories, 7 grams of sugar, and 2.5 grams of fat per 8oz serving.

Ingredients: filtered water, almonds, evaporated cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, and sea salt.

Thumbs Up: Has a slightly more obvious almond flavor than the other two, feels rich in your mouth and is my favorite to drink plain.

Thumbs Down: Only available at Trader Joe’s so if there’s not one in your area, you’re out of luck.

AlmondBreezeMilk 150x150 Almond Milk   Which Brand Tastes Best?Blue Diamond Almond Breeze – Original Flavor

Price: $3.50/half Gallon average price at most supermarkets

60 calories, 7 grams of sugar, and 2.5 grams of fat per 8oz serving

Ingredients: filtered water, almonds, all-natural evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate and sea salt

Thumbs Up: Soy and lactose free. Good substitute for milk in some baking recipes as well as in smoothies. Texture is very similar to whole milk.

Thumbs Down: Has a slight aftertaste that doesn’t resemble almonds. Least favorite to drink alone.

silk almond milk 150x150 Almond Milk   Which Brand Tastes Best?Silk Pure Almond All-Natural – Original Flavor

Price: $3.59/half gallon at most supermarkets

60 calories, 7 grams of sugar, and 2.5 grams of fat per 8oz serving

Ingredients: filtered water, almonds, all natural evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate and sea salt

Thumbs Up: Rich flavor and texture. Flavor is enhanced when served cold.

Thumbs Down: Not bad but just not quite as rich tasting as the Trader Joe’s brand

Since there was hardly any difference in macronutrient content, it pretty much comes down to taste preference. All brands tested are acceptable for substitutions in recipes and for smoothies/protein shakes. If purchasing this product to drink alone, the overall winner is the Trader Joe’s Brand. The Trader Joe’s brand is also the least expensive provided you have a Trader Joe’s in your area.


My Secret for Smooth Oil-Free Skin

525600 Minutes Secret 300x185 My Secret for Smooth Oil Free SkinA few months ago I ran across a thread posted on a health and beauty forum mentioning milk of magnesia as a treatment for oily skin. I can hear the EWWWWWWW’s already but let me explain because at first I was skeptical too. Usually when you hear “Milk of Magnesia”, the first thing you think about is constipation right? And who wants anything related to constipation close to their faces? Yeah, I know, right again, but stay with me. I promise it will worth the read and you and your oily skin will thank me.

I was curious because I have very oily skin and have spent a small fortune on products that were supposed to give me that matte finished look all day. A few products did reduce oil production temporarily but I had yet found a product that could rid my nose, cheeks, and chin of that awful shine for more than a few hours at a time. I would still have to blot several times a day and by the end of the day, my foundation looked a hot mess. All of the raves on the thread peaked my interest so figuring I had nothing to lose but around 5 bucks and having the cashier think I was suffering from constipation, I bought a small bottle of Rite-Aid Milk of Magnesia and decided to give it a shot. It didn’t hit me until after I left the store that the only other thing I bought was a newspaper, so I’m sure I left the cashier with quite the lovely visual.

Milk of Magnesia 1 300x189 My Secret for Smooth Oil Free SkinAfter cleansing my face with my favorite product, which I’ll tell you about later, I shook the contents of the bottle well and applied it to my face with one of those square cotton make up pads. I rubbed a thin layer over my entire face and waited a few seconds for the product to dry. For the most part it dried clear but I did have a few small white streaks that I just smoothed out with my fingers. After the product dried, I just followed my normal makeup application routine and headed out the door. I must admit that I did check my face a few times just to make sure that the streaks hadn’t returned but they hadn’t. I checked my face a few hours later and NO SHINE, I checked again around lunchtime, NOTHING but matte skin. I think I did my first quick blot around 3 pm but normally, this would have been my 3rd or 4th blot and my makeup would look terrible. When I left the office around 5:30p my face looked amazing (in my opinion) and keep in mind, I did the application of Milk of Magnesia around 8am that morning.

I’ve been using Milk of Magnesia for about 4 months now and the results are as good as they were from day one and I’ve noticed my skin isn’t as oily on its own as before. Some of the posters mentioned that it made their skin dry, tight and sometimes itchy but I didn’t have any issues. I don’t have sensitive skin and I’ve made myself a human guinea pig so often, my body is used to it. If you do have sensitive skin, you probably want to try it on an area that’s not visible such as the back of the neck or behind the ears just to be on the safe side. This product is definitely not for people who have normal to dry skin.

Milk of Magnesia 150x150 My Secret for Smooth Oil Free SkinI recommend purchasing the unflavored version. I noticed upon my trek to Rite Aid that there are several flavors available ranging from strawberry, mint, to tropical fruit. I really can’t imagine walking around all day smelling like chocolate mint laxative.

So there you have it, Milk of Magnesia, my secret to having smooth, beautiful, oil-free skin all day without spending mega bucks!