Yes folks, a post about almond milk. “Why?” You ask. BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST DAMN ALMOND MILK IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. How much do I love it? Enough to write a whole post about it, out of the kindness of my own damn heart, to enrich your mouths and lives. That’s how much. Dammit.
Or at least, it’s by far the most exciting new grocery-store find Paul and I have had in the past year. It’s creamy. It’s rich. It’s flavorful, but not overwhelming. It’s nutty. It’s complex. It pairs excellently well with tea, coffee, hearty oatmeal, or crunchy cereal. It has a silky, luxurious mouth-feel. Can you tell I’m in love?
We’re not huge “milk” people. Don’t get me wrong… I love me some cheese, and all the butter, like any good midwestern girl should. But, keeping cow’s milk around isn’t my super jam. We really only use it in our morning coffee/tea, and our acupuncturist prefers that we avoid true dairy as much as possible. So one day last year I picked up Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almond Milk after seeing it in the refrigerated section at Whole
Paycheck Foods and thinking the bottle was cute. I looked at the nutritional information, and I thought it was all good – no added or artificial sweeteners or any creepy unpronounceable ingredients. Then I learned Carrageenan, one of the ingredients, is super shady, which put me off it for a while, and it as back to cow’s milk for us. Sad trombone.
But thanks to a recent flare-up of my arthritis, which is exacerbated by too much dairy, I revisited the non-cow’s milks on the market, and my dreams came true. Califia just announced they’ve removed “the C-word” from their products. REJOICE! In fact, it boasts better-than-milk nutrition with 50% more calcium, less fat, less sugar and fewer calories. So I took it home for a spin. And rekindled my steamy love affair with their creamy, coconutty concoction.
It makes everything better.
I mean, I think you’re a weirdo. But we’re cool.
I also got a sample container of their Almond Coffee Creamer last weekend at Club MomMe’s Fall Family Fest, and it makes my mouth sing. Takes our quotidien PG Tips tea and elevates it to somehow taste like my most beloved fancy French tea.
But here’s what’s absolutely no bueno, much to our shock and dismay… do not, by all means, buy or drink their seasonal “Holiday Nog” flavor. That shit was foul. I was so disappointed. Also, I wish it came in paper cartons rather than plastic. But you can’t win ’em all. (Califia, do you hear me? I love your sustainability practices, and your bottles are cute, but plastic is persona non grata around my house!)
Go, get you some, friends. You won’t regret it. I promise.
(this post was not sponsored by Califia. it really is just that good.)