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Substitute Almond Milk to Lose Weight

There were  a lot of great guesses to the question posed on Friday…"What is our favorite fat fighting food?"
almond milk burns fat
…and several correct answers.

Almond Milk is the answer.

No, no…there’s not any “magical” fat burning properties to this product, but Almond Milk is a daily staple in our house for good reason.

Let’s first look at the benefits:

  • 1/3 the calories of an equal amount of regular milk – just 40 per cup.
  • Lactose free — lactose sometimes gives people a bloated, gassy feeling (if you can’t break it down)
  • Vegetarian (if you are one)
  • It tastes incredible

I showed you how we made a high protein fat burning Dairy Queen Blizzard last week using Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.  It gives just a hint of sweetness, a bit of an almond flavor, and literally makes the best smoothies EVER!

But of course you could use it in other foods too …

You’ll usually find it in the dairy aisle next to the “regular” milk.

Right now I’ve seen just two brands – Blue Diamond and Silk – but there are surely others available.  Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla is the one that offers just 40 calories/cup and is our preferred choice for the flavor (and super low amount of calories).

Now it’s not a good source of protein, like cow’s milk … but it is fortified with vitamin D and calcium…and you’ll easily get protein from other foods, so give this a try for a dairy alternative once in awhile.

Click here to read our take on cow's milk — does milk REALLY do the body good?


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4 Responses to Substitute Almond Milk to Lose Weight

  1. Carolyn LaPota April 19, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I use ice water in my smoothy with frozen strawberries and egg white protein (Optimum Nutrition) and some stevia–yum. I have used Rice Milk–what do you think?? I use the water because of less calories. I have a smoothy every morning for breakfast because I can drink it on my way to work.
    What do you think of Greek yogurt? I recently discovered it. The one I buy at Wal Mart has 0 fat, 0 sugars, and 23 grams of protein. I put some in a bowl, and a drizzle of honey, and add fresh fruit. Very filling and satisfy.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr April 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

      Rice milk has a good flavor too — we prefer almond milk, but go with what you enjoy! We LOVE Greek yogurt and have it regularly…almost daily. Keep up the great work!

  2. Bob D April 19, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I would have agreed except that Almonds are now pasteurized which destroy's much of their value

  3. Jessica April 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    I love almond milk, and it is so easy to make!
    Soak 1 cup of almonds in water overnight.
    strain and rinse.
    put almonds along with 3 cups water in a vita mix or other strong blender.
    blend until smooth.
    strain with cheese cloth or nutmilk bag
    If you want it sweetened, put a few dates in the blender, and a drop of vanilla!

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