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Blue Diamond almond/coconut milk blend: paleo ingredients?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM

ingredients: almond milk (water, almonds), coconut milk (water, coconut cream [coconut extract, water, xanthan gum, carrageenan, guar gum]), evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, sea salt, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin, vit A palmitate, vit D2, d-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin E).

serving size is 1 cup. unfortunately 6g of sugar per serving.

I was thinking of using this as the liquid for my green smoothies. Not gonna lie, it tastes delicious. Other than the sugar content (probably will use half a cup and dilute it) any red flags? what's all this carrageenan business?

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on April 19, 2012
at 02:22 AM

I think I'm going to try just mixing the US almond milk and coconut milk from TJs. Probably cheaper anyways

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Yep, I'm an avid user of their unsweetened almond milk (perfect for my morning whey protein shake/smoothie).

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:17 AM

What kind of coconut milk do you use? I always go for the full fat Native Forest kind. I refuse to buy the "light" stuff though!

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:13 AM

I love canned coconut milk in my smoothies, also like coconut milk over frozen berries, it's just like ice cream! I don't dig any of these commercial nut milks however.

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:50 AM

they make an unsweetened version that has no cane juice as well.

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I've been drinking the plain blue diamond almond milk (unsweetened version) for years and have never had any issues with it. During that time, I've swapped it out for raw cows milk (gained weight), coconut milk (the version that Gillian Michaels promotes tastes horrible) and always return to the almond.

Recently, I made some almond milk with nuts that I got at Paleo FX (Yes, you can milk an almond) and it was great. Thick without thickeners, sweet without sweeteners, but it used about $14 dollars worth of almonds, so not very cost effective.

Regarding green smoothies, I've made quite a few in my day and find that I prefer them without almond milk. I like the canned coconut milk, or just a spoonful of almond butter to smooth (pardon the pun) out the flavors.

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:13 AM

I love canned coconut milk in my smoothies, also like coconut milk over frozen berries, it's just like ice cream! I don't dig any of these commercial nut milks however.

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:17 AM

What kind of coconut milk do you use? I always go for the full fat Native Forest kind. I refuse to buy the "light" stuff though!

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on April 19, 2012
at 11:59 AM

I'm not bothered by the gums, but some people are, as they can come from things like corn and beans (though perhaps with corn-based xanthan gum mentioned, I'm wondering if the fermentation and refining process ameliorates anti-nutrients?). If one has never cooked with these gums, it's surprising what a vanishingly small amount if them it takes to thicken a large volume of liquid, so it might be perfectly fine in many cases.

As for the product itself, I really liked it, finding that the almond and coconut milks, blended, both provided what the other lacked individually, in terms of mouth feel and a well-rounded taste. Definitely went with the unsweetened version.

Unfortunately, the small co-op where I typically shop doesn't stock it--its pushed aside by shelves of the dreaded SOY MILK!!! This is probably for the best--I won't work hard enough to get it somewhere else, so instead I just drink booze when I want a caloric beverage ;-)

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:52 AM

Xanthan gum can come from corn, so if you're avoiding corn you may want to avoid that as well. I used to drink that stuff all the time pre-paleo, and after a few months of being off it I took a sip and got nasty bloated. So I avoid it now. If I need (want) nut milk, I make my own with almonds or coconut + water in a blender.

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:46 AM

The Silk version comes in unsweetened, too. 30 calories per serving.

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Carrageenan and guar gum are thickening agents.

They won't kill you, but I think guar gum might act as a mild laxative.

Other than that, I mean it's almond milk, so it's like eating a bunch of almonds which isn't always a good idea. But the ingredients are fine other than that.

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