Last month, the kind folks at Almond Breeze reached out to me and said this;
“Hey Urban Daddy! Are you familiar with Almond Breeze?”
I replied with this; “Familiar??? Absolutely! In fact, my oldest son and I have a smoothie for breakfast EVERY morning, and instead of using milk, we use unsweetened Almond milk from Almond Breeze!”
“No way”, was what I got back. “Would you share the recipe for your audience, and we’ll send you some Almond Breeze.”
“Ummm, yeah! Of course!”
So because we received chocolate almond milk, vanilla almond milk, regular almond milk and unsweetened almond milk, this constitutes a paid post, or compensated post, and as such I must (and I am) declaring it to be so.
The cool part, is that its already something we use, and enjoy, and have been using for years since we cut back on our milk.
Here is our breakfast every single morning;
Into the blender goes the following ingredients:
2 cups Almond Milk, from Almond Breeze. I like the unsweetened, my son likes the sweetened ones, and before we got to make our first smoothie, he had polished off the chocolate Almond Milk, and by the end of the week, the Vanilla was gone too. It’s high in protein which helps him as he swims competitively and needs to keep all that muscle on…
I digress… Back to the blender.
1 large banana
a handful of ice cubes
a table spoon of peanut butter
and that’s it! Blend it on the smoothie setting, and drink and enjoy.
Sometimes, we add, protein powder for him, and a huge handful of spinach for me. Sometimes I’ll pour in some left over coffee, add a touch of honey and some fibre, but the main ingredients remain the same and it is SO yummy, and fills me until noon.
So here are the facts about Almond Breeze which I did not know – so likely you did not know either…
- Almond Breeze is like a family themselves as they are owned by the Blue Diamond Growers who have been in the almond business for more than 100 years.
- Almond Breeze is one of the only brands to grow their own almonds
So let’s think about this for a second from the context of parenting and being a family. Our family doesn’t have a family business which is passed on from generation to generation where the newer generation learns from the older generation and does that work with pride in order to keep up the quality and the respect the family name has earned. There is a lot of pride, but also a lot of pressure!
It also surprised me – but makes a lot of sense – that this is the only almond milk producer who makes their own almonds. I’m sure it’s a technical process and finding the right almond for the milk must be difficult as it has to be tasty, not spoil quickly and must be in an area where it leaves the smallest carbon footprint to make the product in order to keep the price reasonable.
It makes me feel comfortable knowing that the almonds are coming from a place where the growers actually care about the product because it’s not just the brand which is on the shelves, but it’s also the growers and their families.