Made by blending finely ground almonds with water and sugar although some brands are unsweetened.
Taste: A nutty and mild flavor. Tastes great in coffee, cereals, and green smoothie. Almond milk is also suitable for baking.
Nutrition: Unsweetened almond milk is low in carbs – about 2g per cup depending on the brand – making it a great beverage for people with diabetes, insulin resistance or blood glucose issues. It’s also rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fats. Many brands are now fortified with calcium and vitamin D to mimic the composition of cow’s milk.
Disadvantage: It’s low in protein. 1 cup contains a measly 1g of protein (dairy milk contains a whopping 8g per cup!). That’s not much of an issue: you can get your protein from animal products, legumes and green veggies.
Brand watch: The sweetened and flavored varieties are more like dessert than a drink: a cup can contain as much as 4 teaspoons of sugar! So make sure to read the food label.
Depending on the brand, one cup of almond milk may contains about 4 or 5 almonds, making it is watery and thin. Homemade almond milk tends to be fuller flavored, with a nuttier, more almond flavor compared to store-bought milk.