Rice Milk and Almond Milk - taste? Have you tried them.

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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/10/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
For another week, or two, I may need to replace my lactose-free milk with non-dairy. The doc told me that when you get really sick like this, the little "fingers" (villi?) in your intestines that digest dairy end up virtually sheered off. It takes them 2-3 weeks to grow back. (I seem to be okay with a little butter - maybe because butter has no protein, or milk sugars?)

Thinking of trying Rice Milk or Almond milk. (No soy, thanks.)

(I'm not worried about carbs)

Have you tried them?
Are they like milk?
What do they taste like to you?

Thanks!
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mrs. arizona
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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
i use rice milk - i love it - give it a try - no soy for me either - i have been trying to keep as much dairy out of my diet as possible - i was told that dairy products will cause inflamation.

good luck

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Mrs. Arizona. One vote for rice - got it!
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Dagger
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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have tried and used both rice and almond milk. Neither really tastes like milk to me but they taste similar. Both types come in two forms: aseptic (like a juice box) and cold like milk. I much prefer the cold cartons of either type over the aseptic. They also come in flavors, usually plain, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor also varies by brand. I'm not a coffee drinker but both seem thinner than milk so may not work as well.

A long time ago, some of us had a taste test of the various brands of rice milk. At that time, aseptic was the only choice in our area. We had about 10 different brands and flavors (plain and vanilla). I preferred the vanilla Westbrae rice milk, at that time I thought it tasted most like milk. Many others preferred Rice Dream. If I was drinking it, I always added chocolate. It was good in cereal. There was in big difference in taste between the brands that I tried.

Right now, I prefer cold carton almond milk. I've tried a few: Blue Diamond and Silk come to mind. I've had both plain and vanilla and liked both. I think the plain tasted a bit more like milk than the vanilla did. I guess there is a slight nutty taste but not nearly as strong as you would expect. I like to drink it plain and it's great in cereal. The various brands of almond milk that I tried tasted similar enough that I buy whatever is on sale that week.

I hope this helps, let me know your thoughts after you've tried one.

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
OooooOO, cool, Dagger! Even though I feel like crud, your post got me all excited to try some of this stuff now. It really helped hearing about the different brands and cold vs aseptic.

I'll have to call around and see which stores carry the stuff -- then bribe someone to go shopping for me. :D
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

caligirl2001
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   Posted 8/10/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hemp milk is a pretty good as well, if you want an alternative to rice or almond. I don't know if it is available where you live or not. I think the vanilla flavor is the best. If I have to choose between almond and rice milk, I prefer almond. I guess I'm fortunate to not have to replace my dairy, but my stepson can't drink milk, so we have tried all of the milk replacements in our house and I make it a point not to feed anyone anything I won't consume myself! His vote is also for the hemp milk, and if a 22 year old will eat it with his cereal, it can't be that bad, right?
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Acheybody
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   Posted 8/10/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I like all the "milks," but I'm sort of avoiding soy now too, so it's almond and rice. Rice is my favorite.

I know what you mean, Princess, about it being just as hard to gain weight. Never would I have believed it a couple of decades ago, but with digestive issues, a lot of things change.

Debbie
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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/10/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Ummm, I think almond milk tastes like old wet diapers smell. :) But that's just me. Vanilla or chocolate soy is good.

Sue

Witchesblew
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   Posted 8/10/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I like the almond milk ok. get the vanilla for better flavor! I had it in my cereal, and the one bad thing is that it is way waterier than regular milk.
Angela

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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 8/10/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I use non-milk "milks" all the time. They are all way thinner than milk, but I think they bring out the natural flavours of your food and are less slimy than milk. The best thing to do is try different flavours in different brands until you find one you like.

autumnbaby
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   Posted 8/10/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
almond milk is really good havent had rice milk
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad I asked this. Good to get all your feedback. I guess there must be a lot of personal preference and individual taste buds that make a difference, too.

I do actually love real dairy - so I will add it back into my diet. But it is good to have alternatives - for times like now. And hey, maybe I'll keep buying both regular milk and rice or almond, too.

Caligirl - your 22 yr old step-son's endorsement does sound solid. :) Can't say I've ever seen hemp milk - but maybe they'll get that here in a few years. Glad it works so well for your family.

Debbie - yeah, I remember reading something a nutritionist wrote for helping an elderly woman with no appetite keep her weight up -- and at the time I thought, that's pretty easy. Now I look at it and can pick out each item as not working for my diet issues. *eye roll* Somehow we'll get passed this and go on to thrive. I'm now going to push myself to have ANY snack when I have the remotest appetite.

Sue - lol @ Diapers. If I notice that, I'll definitely report back. ;)

Fiesty and WhiteChoc - watery - got it. That helps.

Autumnbaby - Hey - I just noticed this is your first post here. WELCOME!! Thanks so much for kindly offering your opinion. This is a very supportive group and I hope we all get to know you better.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 8/11/2010 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I consider milk to be too thick (I think it clogs my throat) for my tastes, so I like the fact that non-dairy "milk" is thinner. I pretty much only use milk to cook with or to dip oreos in.

bridget10
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   Posted 8/12/2010 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I like both, but I think I prefer Almond milk... I don't normally drink it plain, but I like it in cereal or when i make smoothies. My kids LOVE it though! (just a side not for those of you with younger kids) I have heard too many bad things about cow's milk. Our bodies just don't know how to handle it and it can cause a lot of problems. We started on it though because my husband is lactose intolerant.

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/12/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your feedback Bridget. I actually do love cow's milk and don't plan to give it up - but I'm happy to know about having the rice and almond options. :)

Just did my first testing .... Rice Dream organic, original. Now this isn't a fair test because I have a taste problem with this virus I have - but I sipped a little bit and I think it tastes sort of okay. I can see putting it on cereal, maybe it would be good as hot cocoa? Will test more tomorrow. (Almond testing a different day.) It is very thin, reminds me of the liquid you pour out of a whole coconut. Mild flavor - sort of the taste you'd get if you let cereal soak in water. This might work.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

KatieEatsWell
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
First, let me start by saying that our whole family is dairy-free. Rice Milk seems a bit watery to me, and almond milk a bit too nutty. Soy milk is definitely too beany, and hemp milk is well, too "hempy." But the coconut milk made by So Delicious seems just right! (I know, I'm starting to sound like Goldilocks!) Seriously, though. So Delicious coconut milk is not only the closest thing to cow's milk in terms of consistency, but the vanilla and original flavors are very tasty. They work perfectly in every thing you'd use dairy milk for from cereal to tea to smoothies and in cooking and baking. It's one of those products that makes everyone in our family feel like we don't miss dairy at all.

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Goldilocks ... I mean, Katie, THANK YOU! :D (I think the Goldilocks thing is cute)

I am going to seek out that coconut milk for sure. I definitely won't drink soy. I may have an issue with Rice milk - after I drank half a glass yesterday I got an almost instant case of strong indigestion. That shocked me and I won't drink it again. Haven't tried the almond yet - but am leery after that indigestion thing with the rice. Coconut --- now that is something I think I could get into. If I can find it - I'm in luck. What aisle of the store do they keep it in - baking aisle? I will keep on with my dairy when I can - but this alternative is sort of important for times like these - and also for variety for me.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/15/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Katie - I used the store locator option on the So Delicious web site - and I found an organic store within 8 miles of me that carries the unsweetened version!! YAY! Is the unsweetened original? Did you like that one? They could special order for me if I wanted them to. Does it taste very coconutty? (Not necessarily a bad thing but just curious)


Store locator in case anyone else is interested:
www.turtlemountain.com/locator/locator.html

So Delicious Coconut MIlk
www.turtlemountain.com/products/coconut_milk_beverage.html
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/15/2010 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Heyyyy ... I just noticed something odd.

All of the rice, almond, soy and coconut milk labels indicate that they've been fortified with vitamin D2. None of them are using the preferred D3. D3 is the one the doctor's give you as a supplement. D3 is the one added to real dairy milk. D2 used to be given as a supplement in the old days, before they realized that it not only did little for the body, but sometimes was negative in how it affected the body --- before the medical community discovered that D3 is what the human body actually needs. So, I wonder, why then are all of the artificial milks adding D2? Is it cheaper? Not too thrilled about that. Not too thrilled either to find many add carrageenan extracts and other emulsifiers to these alternative milks. I don't like some of these ingredients to be in my diet. I may just abandon this alternative to milk idea. I'm going to ask my Doc if I can have goat milk with lactase drops while I wait to have my cow's milk again.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!
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