Blue Diamond's Almond Breeze Beverage

Allergy product that's great in tea

I like to have something in my black tea. While I can drink some soy milk and really like Silk Café Creamer, soy milk generally doesn't seem to work for me in tea. It just doesn't give the right taste. I also found that Rice Dream didn't really do the trick. I needed something else.

One day when picking up some Rice Dream, I stumbled across Almond Breeze Beverage. Like Rice Dream and soy milk, it's a non-dairy beverage allergy product. It's also cholesterol and gluten-free. However, what really got my attention was a sticker on the front of the Original flavor that said it had 45 percent fewer calories than the leading soy beverage. As a 46-year-old with some post-baby weight to lose, that really worked for me.

However, the taste had to work too. So I bought one container and took it home for a taste test.

I tried it on its own and quite liked it. There is a very mild almond flavor, and the drink is very smooth and creamy. So I thought my son would like it. However, he really likes his Rice Dream and couldn't be persuaded to occasionally have a glass of Almond Breeze. (I wonder if I would have done better with the chocolate flavor?)

Almond Breeze comes in three flavors: Original, Vanilla and Chocolate. I've stuck with the Original flavor, as it has the lowest number of calories, and complements my tea nicely. I also use it on my Honey'd Corn Flakes in the morning, which I'm not sure I could do with Vanilla or Chocolate Almond Breeze.

I've used it in baking with very good results. The package says that it blends cup for cup in a recipe, and I'd have to say that I'd agree with that.

Most of the time, I use Almond Breeze in my tea. This beverage gives a nice smooth flavor to a cup of Earl Grey tea. There's a bit of sweetness there, but without adding sugar.

Like other dairy alternative allergy products, Almond Breeze does not contain much protein. So if you're depending on your milk or milk alternative for some protein content, you'll likely be better off with a soy-based beverage.

~Monique L. Attinger

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