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Organic, Vegan Milk from Whole Foods

Whole Foods 365 Almond Milk

Whole Foods’ 365 brand recently released a line of organic, non-dairy milks.

Since I’m always up for trying a tasty milk alternative, I jumped at the chance when they offered to let me try out their new organic almond and soy milks.

I was pretty impressed from the get-go. Rather than ship an energy-intensive, refrigerated box with the milks, they just sent me a gift card so that I could pick some up on my next trip to the store. That might seem like a simple thing, but emissions-wise, that difference is huge! Especially when you consider I’m probably not the only blogger that’s trying out their new vegan milks for review.

I picked up the unsweetened soy and the regular almond milk, since that’s what we normally buy.

365 Organic Soy Milk

Since discovering the joys of almond milk a few years ago, I haven’t been drinking or cooking with quite so much soy milk. Still, I tried out this one in the name of science! My husband keeps soy milk for himself, so I still use soy from time to time.

The soybeans in the Whole Foods milk are organic, which means they’re also non-GMO, which is really important to me.

I’ll be honest here – I was not nuts about the soy. Maybe it’s just my new found love of almond milk, but I found that the soy milk had a strong aftertaste. It also seemed to separate in coffee a bit more than the brand my husband usually uses.

365 Organic Almond Milk

First of all, organic almond milk? This is something I’ve been hunting for for years! The taste was very similar to the almond milk I usually buy. It didn’t do quite as well in coffee as my usual brand, but I’ll take an organic almond milk that separates a bit over a non-organic version any day!

I also tried the almond milk out in mashed potatoes, and it worked really well. They came out creamy and delicious!

Both milks cost around the same as the soy and almond milk we keep in the house now. I’m not sure if my husband will be into switching soy brands, but you can bet that I’ll be buying organic almond milk at Whole Foods now.

12 comments
    1. Beth

      Hi Jeff & Becky. :)

      I’m in WF every wk-10 days (the closest store is about 45min) & didn’t realize they have 365 og almond milk so thanks for the FB post, Jeff. I’ll have to check into it next time I’m there. BTW, Becky, making your own nut milk is fairly easy. Try it! :)

      Becky, check the ingredients on the two brands of almond milk for xanthan gum (derived from corn sugar) and/or carrageenan (derived from red seaweed.) They are polysaccharides used as thickener/stabilizer/emulsifier and the quantity or lack (lack preferred since both are known to cause inflammation) could possibly be the separation difference you are experiencing b/t your current brand & the 365 brand.

      Not to do with the emulsifier/separating, but watch for vitamin additions in the commercial brands (vs making own,) too. When purchasing commercially-produced foods, remember that vitamin D is really a steroid hormone, not truly a vitamin, and D3, NOT D2, is what your body prefers. D3 is animal sourced and D2 is plant/fungus-sourced so D2 is often used in vegan/vegetarian products even though your body can’t use it effectively. D2 is usually cheaper than D3, as well, so it’s preferred by many manufacturers as an additive to give the appearance they are fortifying their products.

      Another common additive in soy, almond & rice milks is vitamin E as a preservative/stabilizer for the fats to prevent rancidity. Keep in mind when reading the labels that dl-“X” vitamins are synthetic, whereas d-“X” vitamins are naturally sourced.

      Have an awesome one! (Hope all is well, Jeff!!)

  1. Mrs. Life

    I have not tried the almond milk. It seems interesting. Does this taste like other milks and I’m kinda having tummy problems when I drink full cream milk. Will this be fine to take?

    1. Becky Striepe

      Almond milk doesn’t have that strange aftertaste that folk associate with soy. I am definitely a fan.

      As far as your gastrointestinal problems, it depends on what you’re reacting to in the dairy milk. If you’re lactose intolerant, almond milk is a delicious, soy-free alternative!

  2. Carl

    Golly Gee Willikers, I finally got around to trying the unsweetened almond milk tonight. That is, bought it and tried it as soon as I got home. What. A. Difference! I wanted to consume the whole box. Incredible, really. Tasted like almonds and had plenty of body. Just sweet enough without tasting too watery, and of course it didn’t taste like lots of fillers. And the everyday price of $1.99 seems incredibly reasonable for something like this. Thanks for putting it on my radar. It will definitely now have a place in my cupboard.

    1. Becky Striepe

      I’m glad you liked it, Carl! Since trying it out, we’ve been switched too. It doesn’t hold up in coffee as well as the Blue Diamond that I used to buy, but I’ll take some sediment as a trade off for tasty organic almond milk.

  3. Carl

    I’m old school, from the days of using Edensoy in coffee (can you imagine that now?!), and I’ve had some really awful experiences putting non-dairy stuff in that wonderful beverage over the years. I can imagine that organic almondmilk in java is heads and tails above the soy of old. ;)

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