I have been using nut milks for some time as I have an allergy to cow’s milk, they are a great alternative for people who are also lactose intolerant and are vegetarians or vegans. Almond milk can be used just like normal milk, in your hot drinks, on your cereal and is excellent in smoothies.
Almond Breeze® is lactose free, dairy free and soya free and has no added sugars. It’s made using all natural ingredients, is a source of calcium and low in saturated fat. When I saw the Almond Breeze® advert on TV (love the narrator’s soothing voice) I was pleased to see an unsweetened version for myself and the usual Original version for toddler ND.
Almonds are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and are packed with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals, they are an excellent source of vitamin E, B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, and folic acid. They are also an amazing source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese and selenium.
Smoothies are a fabulous opportunity to infuse more nutrition into our children and ourselves too! So many exciting combinations of fruits, vegetables (yes hidden vegetables!), nuts and seeds. I also love a nightcap with warmed almond milk and cocoa for a seamless, soothing night’s sleep. The possibilities are seemingly endless!
Some days a smoothie is all I want for breakfast, especially if I’m running late or on a fast day when I need breakfast to last until dinner! The unsweetened version of Almond Breeze® has a mere 29 calories per 200ml and as I am still on the 5:2 diet with 11lbs lost and kept off simply by fasting twice a week I am keen to keep it up – a supercharged, supernutritious, superfood smoothie fits the brief!
Some days the toddler ND likes to copy mummy and drink her breakfast too, who am I to argue, have you tried arguing with a 2 year old, huh?
Smoothies are easy to put together and can be ready in record time. I never get anything in especially, all the ingredients in my smoothies are in my store-cupboard and fridge. The addition of Chia, Linseeds, superfruits, Avocado and Coconut oil bumps up the nutritional value significantly – healthy fats and concentrated nutrition.
Healthier is a Breeze….. Goodness is now gorgeous!
200ml Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Chia seeds – see info below
1 tablespoon Golden Linseeds – rich in Omega 3
a good dollop of 0% Natural Greek Yogurt (for extra protein)
1 generous teaspoon of Coconut oil – see info below
half a small Avocado – see info below
Blueberries and Strawberries -antioxidant rich
half teaspoon Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar levels
Almond milk ice cubes
Add all of the ingredients except the ice to a smoothie maker or blender and whizz up for a couple of minutes till smooth. The Chia and Linseeds will thicken in the glass if left but this does have the benefit of keeping you fuller for longer. Chill in the fridge for a few minutes then add the Almond milk ice cubes. Drink slowly and enjoy the health benefits!
Fruitful Almond Breeze® Smoothie Goodness – for toddler ND
100ml Almond Breeze® Original Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Oatmeal
1 tablespoon (or so) Avocado
half a teaspoon coconut oil
As before, whizz up in blender or smoothie maker, add a splash more Almond Milk as necessary to adjust consistency, serve in plastic beaker with a straw!
Quick Nutritional Info:
Avocado – rich in monounsaturated (good) fats, vitamin A, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, Folic Acid and Potassium. Phytonutrient compounds found in avocados, such as polyphenols and flavonoids have also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Chia seeds – twice the protein of any other seed or grain, the protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids and 5 times the calcium of milk plus boron. With more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, a wealth of antioxidants – four times higher ORAC value than blueberries and 3 times more iron than spinach.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid and medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), it is thermogenic which helps to burn more calories to speed up metabolism and aid weight loss amongst other health benefits!
*I did not receive any free samples of Almond Breeze®, both cartons were purchased by myself.