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The following is a sponsored post by Earth’s Own Almond Fresh and they have graciously donated this gift basket to a lucky winner in Canada! To enter make sure to answer the question at the end of the post and newsletter readers, do not forget to answer MY question to be entered twice! Everyone, leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
Sugar consumption has been a highly discussed matter in the media and it seems that lately, there is a more proactive effort to reduce sugar consumption.
I used the unsweetened almond milk to make my own iced coffee!
- Reduce or eliminate sugar sweetened beverages. Sweetened beverages, including fruit-flavoured drinks, carbonated drinks, sports and energy drinks, may be the single largest driving factor of the obesity epidemic. Replace these beverages with calorie-free drinks such as water, tea or drinks that provide vitamins and nutrients such as almond milk and 100% pure fruit juice. Almond Fresh Unsweetened is a refreshing, no sugar added beverage which can be enjoyed by the glass or be used as a cooking ingredient in healthy, low-sugar meals.
- Skip sugary ingredients. Instead of jams, jellies, honey and syrups, consider adding vanilla or almond extract or spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger which impart a sweet flavour without the use of sugar.
- Say no to candy and chocolate. Plan to have a snack between meals to help maintain blood sugars and prevent sugar cravings. Consider plain yogurt with berries, raw vegetables and hummus or a fruit and unsweetened almond milk smoothie.
- Add nutrients, not calories. Make healthier choices when choosing desserts. Consider having tinned peaches packed in water, apple crumble with oatmeal topping, low-sugar Greek yogurt with fresh berries or simply a glass of steamed unsweetened almond milk with a dash of cinnamon.
- Cook together. Skipping the sugar is no cake walk. Canadian health experts continue to point to cooking together as a family to establish healthy cooking habits and a healthy lifestyle. Selecting weekly meals and shopping as a family will also help instill healthy eating habits. Remember, start simple and make small changes over time and you’ll soon start to see a change in your overall health.
Earth’s Own Almond Fresh has donated a gift basket with the following goodies:
· Two Almond Fresh tumblers
· 3 coupons for free Almond Fresh almond milk
· Bamboo kitchen scale
· Single Service blender
· Set of six bamboo placemats
· Stainless steel measuring spoons
· Stainless steel measuring cups
· Stainless steel colander
· Set of four silicone spatulas
I enjoy Almond Fresh in my coffee, hot and cold. I really don’t use much sugar, except in baking, but, I do drink a lot of coffee and this is a huge help in eliminating the extra sugar. Thank you for this opportunity, Suzie!!
Sarah Broadfoot says
This is perfectly timed for me. I just gave up soft drinks a couple of weeks ago. Coke in particular was my downfall and all of those empty calories were just killing me. I’m using my next checkup in October as a goal and I’m determined to not be the same weight then as I am now. Ice water with lemon is my new go-to, but I do enjoy almond milk in my coffee. Thanks for this chance to win – that basket looks awesome! My email is email@example.com Fingers crossed!
I have been out west since mid June due to a major health scare with my dad. I have become more of a label reader than ever as he diabetic and is also to have as little sodium as possible. I am slowly switching my boys from sugary breakfast cereal to yogurt & fruit for breakfast. Also more water and less juice. I would love to try the Almond Fresh in smoothies. firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlene Demell says
I am trying very hard to cut down on my sugar intake. I drink a lot of soft drinks with Pepsi being my favorite. Not so much into candy or chocloate but do love my sweets like cake and things. So this might be the answer I need to help me out. Thanks for the opportunity. email@example.com
Darlene Demell says
To answer your qeustion, I think I would try the Almond Milk in my cup of tea. firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m hoping this didn’t post twice, but just to be safe – I’ve recently been cutting sugar out of my diet, as my Doctor told me I was on the verge on diabetes. One of the easiest switches I’ve made has been to use almond milk in my diet. I’ve already lost 25 pounds and am continuing on with my goal!!! I now use Almond Fresh Unsweetened almond milk in my morning smoothies, with some frozen berries. I’ve made the switch to almond milk from juice and haven’t looked back! I find the berries give some nice natural sweetness while the almond milk (and its protein content!) keeps me full longer. I’ve even convinced my partner to switch over! He used to get upset stomachs from dairy milk and has now made the switch to Almond Milk as well. He also loves it in his protein shake! Thanks so much Suzie and Almond Fresh for this great opportunity! email@example.com
Hey SUZIE . My idea is to sub the Almond Fresh in a Pineapple Coconut Slushie. I don’t drink coffee anymore , although when I did it was black with only a little sugar. Since my diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes I try to control my sugar intake by eating fresh fruits and limiting my processed sugar intake to moderate amounts. I am intrigued by your Iced Coffee idea too I recall being very refreshed by a serving years ago when it was stiflingly hot in a kitchen I| worked in one summer. Maybe with this heat……. you have my address.
Heather Little says
I love unsweetened almond milk in my coffee, cereal and smoothies! I cut out most sugar years ago so this would help me to continue to make my favourite coffeehouse frozen drinks at home, saving $ and sugar! email heather little 2012 at gmail dot com
Yum! I actually prefer almond milk to any other kind. I use agave nectar to sweeten drinks too, it has such a neutral flavor and so little is required to make things sweet. Not to mention because it a low glycemic index food it doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes and the crashes that can follow.
Violet Vixen says
I always use almond milk in my coffee … I use Splenda instead of sugar as agave and honey upset my IBD.
Just taught my sister how to make a homemade frappucino/icecapp … finally a way for her to stop spending money 🙂
Cheat days are pre-made sweetened yogurt … icecream makes me sick to my stomach too,
janetpole at gmail dot com
#skipthesugar I would use Almond milk in my coffee as well as in cooking. I hate using regular white sugar and am always looking for great alternatives.
You should definitely have my email 😉
What a great give-away Suzie! I love the taste of almonds, especially in baking! I think I would try using it as a milk replacement in baking, or maybe try using it in place of the milk in my home-made vanilla ice cream – I bet that would be fantastic! Monica (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laura Dawn says
#SkipTheSugar I gave up soda so long ago I can’t even recall when! I switched in favour of herbal teas.
I totally agree with what you’ve said about cooking as a family (or cooking at home). So many take-aways and restaurant foods have loads of sugar in them, and in items we’d never think would have sugar!
Completely and fully agree with this entire article. Love almond milk, it’s so luxurious (to me!) compared with drinking dairy milk. What a treat!
<3 Laura Gud
My family has a history of diabetes so I am generally careful about my sugar intake. I use natural sugars like agave if I want to sweeten something. Also, I love almond milk as an alternative to regular milk because I am sensitive to lactose. Thanks for the fab giveaway! bevtastic92 at gmail dot com
Laura Dawn says
What summer beverage would I use almond milk for? Hmm! That’s a tricky one since there’s so many possibilities. I do believe I would use it to make an iced tea (not the sweet iced tea, but regular caffeinated tea with almond milk instead), much like your decaf iced coffee. Mmm! 🙂
Debra She Who Seeks says
I’ve never tried this product but I think I’ll buy a container just to see what it’s like! Even if I don’t win the contest, LOL! I like the idea that you could bake with it.
I would #skipthesugar by reducing my intake of pop and juice. I drink them rarely but could make better beverage choices.
Here’s my e-mail: ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com
Wow – great give away 🙂 I love Almond Milk in my oatmeal (just enough ‘flavor’ that I don’t have to add any more sugar! And in coffee, it’s fabulous!! I have yet to try it in my protein shakes, so that would be a must-try for me!! Haven’t got the newsletter yet – don’t know what your question is, Suzie!
js_corcoran (at) hotmail (dot) com
sherisse doucette says
Great giveaway! I try to skip sugar by using healthier alternatives like maple syrup but I’d love to try this product as an alternative as well!
Sherisse.doucette at gmail.com
I would so love to win this and try to make my own ice coffee with the almond milk.
Tammy Murnaghan email@example.com
Sylvia Ragis says
I’ve already significantly reduced my sugar intake over the last two years but am now switching to no-sugar-added and various sweeteners instead of cutting out sweets entirely. That way lies Madness ….
I would use the almond milk for iced coffee as well, Suzie!
I’m trying to stop using sugar in my coffee and tea. Tea is easy, but coffee is so hard! It’s just not the same without sugar. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow! Today I was told that I am diabetic!!! I just finished reading your blog and am delighted to learn about this Almond Fresh product. I will definitely be trying this on my breakfast cereal. Thanks so much. Deb
email – email@example.com
I did the 21-day sugar detox. It was wonderful and I have maintained some of those learnings. I love my morning smoothies with almond milk. firstname.lastname@example.org
#skipthesugar – i eat oatmeal EVERY day for breakfast….i used to buy the flavored stuff -easy and it tastes good. now i make from scratch – so i can #skipthesugar….still tastes GREAT!
Helene Peloquin says
I only drink Almond Milk and it’s delicious. I use it in baking also. I have to pay attention to sugar because my in laws have diabetes. And also I like to feed my family fruits so they don’t grab a chocolat bar full of sugar.
Fran Nemeth says
I already don’t use much added sugar… accept when I drink. I use ginger ale with my rye :0) So I was planning on using less pop in each drink by adding a “press” of water. That means about an ounce of water to an 8 ounce drink. That means one less ounce of pop which has to be worth something. Eventually I plan to switch completely to water with my rye.
As for what I would use the almond milk with in my summer drinks… probably iced coffee as well but the kids will love it in their smoothies! I also like the chocolate almond milk as an after workout drink because I can’t have chocolate milk like everyone else and I get jealous. You know my email address! Cheers!!
I drink my hot coffee without sugar, but those ice capps are a killer – I only have them as a treat, because they have so much sugar.
I’d use the almond milk to come up with an iced tea latte that I wouldn’t add any sugar to.
I’ve made cold-filtered iced coffee, and this would be a fantastic substitute for the simple syrup and the cream!
Any luck selling your house yet?
What a neat give-away, Suzie!
– #SkipTheSugar: I’ve been skipping the sugar whenever possible by using Stevia instead.
– I would use the Almond Milk in my breakfast smoothie, with blueberries, ground flax seeds, cinnamon, Stevia and Greek yogurt. I would also try it in my tea. And I’m wondering how it would work for making fruit sherbet.
Kristi R. says
I’ve never tried almond fresh, but it sounds like an interesting alternative for my coffee!
Kristi R. says
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I will #skipthesugar by drinking more water and trying almond fresh in my cereal and coffee!
Email – breej23 at hotmail dot com
I think we will eliminate pop from the house. We have already done that with candy and chocolate.
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I would use almond milk in my smoothies and cut down on sugar with my yonnanas and fresh fruit for dessert.
I plan to #skipthesugar by eating dark chocolate and white mulberries as a sweet snack instead of a sugar-filled treat. I would use the almond milk to make a delicious tea latte using a favourite tea of mine called peach paradise. harkins (dot) sarahe (at) gmail (dot) com
I use almond milk in my homemade bread, so yummy. I also use it in my cereal and smoothies. Must try it in my coffee. firstname.lastname@example.org