Soy milk is a staple in my household, but, in the interest of variety, I decided to switch things up a bit and try Almond Milk. Made from real almonds, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze is (according to the packaging), "a great tasting non-dairy beverage without the thin, chalky after taste of rice and soy beverages." I purchased the Unsweetened Vanilla and Chocolate varieties, but they also make regular Almond Milk sweetened with evaporated cane juice.
After pouring a glass of the chocolate flavor, I didn't notice much of a difference in terms of color, texture, and thickness from my regular soy milks. The taste was a different story. I don't think this unsweetened almond milk is the best thing to drink straight from the glass. The flavor is odd - the vanilla wasn't very good, and the chocolate was slightly better. But all hope is not lost. I did really appreciate the creaminess of these milks. I added it to my daily smoothies and it made them delicious! I can definitely see me keeping these around when I want to add some taste to beverages (tea, coffee, smoothies) but not add a lot of sugar or calories.
I just don't see myself drinking this straight from a glass (or the carton! oops!). In a previous review of the Chocolate flavor, Caroline suggested adding a sweetener - and I definitely agree.
Each cup of unsweetened Blue Diamond Almond Breeze provides between 40-45 calories, 3 grams of fat, 2-3 grams of carbohydrates, which includes 1 gram of fiber. There is less protein in Almond milk compared to soy milk with 1 to 2 grams instead of the usual 6 or 7 grams. But there is 50% of your daily needs for vitamin E and 20% of your daily needs for calcium.
I purchased this product at my local health food store, but I have seen them in major supermarkets as well. One container was on sale for $1.99. Not bad, considering there is four servings in a carton. With the low calories, I would keep some of this on hand to use in smoothies and hot chocolate.
\\UPDATE// It's been a few days since I started drinking Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk and while at first I wasn't too thrilled with it - But now, I actually like it SOOO much more. I guess it's grown on me!!!
I use them quite a bit, and I am even drinking it plain (well, I add a little Splenda).