When you think of milk, you think of the white drink you pour into your bowl of cereal, dip your cookies in or dispense in your cup of coffee. But there are so many types out there! Over the years, you’ve become familiar with 2%, skim and soy milk—but what is almond milk? As a popular milk substitute, it’s been on the list of top health crazes and has made more appearances in refrigerators over the last few years. But what makes it so great? Here are some facts on the amazing nectar that is almond milk.

What is Almond Milk?

As an alternative to dairy milk, almond milk is simply made from crushed almonds combined with water and sweetener. Almond milk is great for those who are lactose intolerant because it doesn’t have any lactose, unlike its dairy counterpart. It also doesn’t contain soy or casein, a milk protein that is similar to gluten, so it’s perfect for those that suffer from soy or gluten allergies. And being slightly sweeter with its plain, vanilla and chocolate flavors, many people prefer the taste to that of other substitutes like soy and rice milk.

Nutritional Value of Almond Milk

Almond milk is one of the most nutritious milk alternatives available. It doesn’t have saturated fats or cholesterol, but does have omega-3 fatty acids, which is great for the heart. Almond milk is also high in protein with one gram of protein per eight-ounce serving. Additionally, it has about one gram of dietary fiber.

Being low in fat and calories, almond milk is great for those who are looking to lose weight. It contains only about 40 calories per serving, is low in carbs with only about two grams per serving and has about three grams of fat per eight-ounce serving.

Because it is high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, almond milk is a popular choice amongst athletes; it is full of manganese, which helps lead to healthy bones. Almond milk also contains selenium to help improve immune systems, flavonoids to help improve cardiovascular health, potassium to help regulate blood pressure and high levels of vitamin E to help prevent cancer.

Benefits of Almond Milk

Believe it or not, almond milk is also eco-friendly! The production of almond milk has a smaller carbon footprint than cow milk and has less animal suffering.

Most importantly, those meals that you love, whose main ingredients are dairy, are no longer off-limits! With this excellent replacement, you can get back to enjoying those milkshakes, baking or pouring it over your bowls of cereal!

To learn more about almond milk and almond milk recipes, check out My Almond Milk, and stop in your local Sparkle Market to pick up your own carton today!