I was recently contacted about Whole Foods' new 365 Organic Everyday Value Almondmilk and Soymilk. I received a gift card to Whole Foods in order to purchase the alternative milk for review.
According to the release, the Almondmilk is the first-ever private label organic refrigerated almondmilk (there is also a shelf-stable version) and the new line comes in Original, Vanilla and Unsweetened flavors.
I've been wary of Silk Soymilk ever since I read about a switch to non-organic soybeans to cut costs. In their defense, they have a section on their website that claims their soybeans are non-GMO and "100% Natural" but the word organic is noticeably absent. They do offer an organic option but it is very hard to find in Philadelphia. What's the story, Silk?
We switched earlier this year to Silk Almondmilk and Almond Breeze, depending on where we shop. Both are very good. I occasionally purchase Soymilk for things that require more body and creaminess (soy lattes).
Almondmilk is one of the biggest sources of nutrition in my diet. I average 1 - 2 cups per day (oats/cereal, by the glass, or in my baked items). 1 cup of 365's Almondmilk is 60 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 30% Calcium, 25% Vitamin D, 50% Vitamin E, with small amounts of other minerals.That's very similar to the other Almondmilks, and it happens to be the organic option, so all that matters here is cost and flavor.
Taste is obviously a huge factor, and I don't mind chipping in a little extra if something ranks higher on the delicious scale. But if it happens to be the budget option, I am yours for life.
356 Almondmilk: $3.39
Other Refrigerated Almondmilks: $3.99 or higher.
Winner: 365 Almondmilk
So far, I've tried it plain, with coffee, and in a bowl of One Lucky Duck Crispies. I really like it. If you shop at Whole Foods, this is your new best bet for Almondmilk.