***Please note this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and the products were purchased with my own money.***
I could not think of a better product to kick off my reviews than this drink which is a staple in my house.
Ladies I present to you...Rude Health Almond Drink.
I can't recommend this drink enough! This is coming from someone who is lactose-intolerant (which I just found out in 2016), so having a milk alternative that I don't have to make myself everyday/week is such a breath of fresh air. I NEED it to live. The End.
How I found out about this product
As I mentioned earlier, when I found out that I can't do dairy anymore, I went on a hunt to find a non-dairy milk which wasn't pasteurised, didn't have added preservatives or emulsifiers and that wasn't soy based (because of the oestrogen mimicking properties that it has). Man was that tough, especially because health food stores had a higher price bracket which would blow out my humble budget to feed my family of 5.
Thankfully, I stumbled across this brand for the first time whilst shopping online at Asda. I liked what I saw and ordered it, and have been in love ever since.
Why I love this product
Where do I BEGIN?!
You know what? I love so many things about the Rude Health Almond Drink, Imma just list them out:
It tastes so good! My kiddos would drink it out of the carton straight if they had their way... I'm sure you would have noticed from the pic that there are 2 versions. The white carton is just almonds and water, whereas the brown carton has added rice that gives it the sweet taste. So if you like yours sweet go for the brown one, otherwise go for the white one if you would prefer it plain (more on that later). Both taste great to be honest.
There are no marketing gimmicks in my opinion, what it says is what is on the ingredients list.
It has no added sugar, preservatives, emulsifiers, nada. Just plain, real food ingredients.
It is 100% organic meaning no pesticide contamination.
It's such a versatile drink. You can pretty much use it as you would milk. So you can drink it plain, add it to tea or coffee, use it for baking or making other hot beverages.
It keeps very well at room temperature, and you only have to refrigerate it after opening.
There is no bloating whatsoever when I consume the almond milk. It digests so easily and sits well with my stomach. My skin also cleared up since I swapped it with milk and I have been living happily ever after.
Why i love this brand
When I really like a product it's usually because I also connect with the brand, and it's no different when it comes to Rude Health.
Rude Health was founded by Nick & Camilla Barnard, who happen to be a married couple, back in 2005. The company was birthed in their kitchen in London. So it's a local family business peeps, just the kind of business that I like to support.
Their ethos are pretty cool too, “At Rude Health we only use the kind of ingredients you’d have in your own kitchen – nothing artificial, nothing refined. We source our ingredients from fields, orchards and vines – not laboratories. We think food should be made out of food – not thickeners, preservatives, colourings, flavourings and other additives. The proof is in the taste, try it for yourself. When you’ve got food this good inside you, you’ll be up for anything.”*
I also like that they care about the environment and sustainability, after all it doesn't make any sense whatsoever for us to care about our health to the detriment of our environment and others. Here's how they play their part:
They choose local, fresh organic produce for all their products.
Their packaging is made from recyclable material or is recyclable.
Their drinks are all manufactured in Europe and only use manufacturers who meet their standards for quality and sustainability, close to areas where the ingredients are grown naturally and who they have known and used for years.
I contacted them once regarding a batch I ordered from Asda where the almond milk had totally separated so it looked like water and bits of almonds. It was 100% safe to drink and hadn’t gone off, it just didn’t have a great consistency. Consequently, I got in touch with their customer services and they were so lovely and apologetic that they sent me free samples of their products. Needless to say, I've continued ordering them, but from a different supplier, and I have never experienced that ‘curdled’ effect again.
what's in their drinks?
Rude Health Almond Drink
Contains natural spring water, organic rice (14%), organic italian almonds (1%), organic cold-pressed sunflower oil and sea salt.
The reason for the rice is that it acts as a natural thickener instead of the mainstream artificial ones. The rice is also the reason why it tastes sweet (I know, this baffled me as well at first). Turns out that the rice is soaked in Italian spring water, and its this long soaking process that breaks down the starches in the rice and turns them into sugar.
The sunflower oil is used to act as an emulsifier to create the smooth creamy consistency (think olive oil in mayo - same thing). The sunflower oil is also cold-pressed to retain its full nutritional benefits.
Rude Health Ultimate Almond
Contains water and almonds, that's it. What more could you ask for???
How I like to use it
I thought it would be worth mentioning a couple of pointers here as some of you may have never had almond milk before.
Unlike dairy milk, almond milk tends to accumulate residue towards the bottom of the carton, so always make sure you shake the carton well before use. In addition to that, if you want to use almond milk to make a hot beverage, allow the boiled water to cool for a couple of minutes to prevent the almond milk from separating (remember that curdling effect I mentioned earlier? Yes that.).
I absolutely love almond milk with my tea, and it also works really well with smoothies, cereal, granola, hot chocolate, coffee or simply on its own. I also use it often in baking recipes as a substitute for milk.
Other stuff you should know
The Rude Health Almond Drink costs £2.49 (as mentioned in their website) buuut if you shop around, you will find that other stockists sell them for cheaper. This goes a long way if you buy them in bulk! Whereas Rude Health Ultimate Almond costs £4.40, a bit pricey I know, but again if you look around you will find it for cheaper.
Rude Health makes a host of other dairy free drinks such as coconut, cashew, rice, oat and hazelnut milk. Their product range also includes cereals, granola, muesli, porridge, smoothie oats, crackers, children’s cereals, sprouted oats and flours and snacks.
Here's a list of stockists that sell Rude Health products in the UK: Sainsburys, Waitrose, Budgens, Holland & Barrett, Tesco, The Cooperative Food, Booths, Ocado, Morrisons, Whole Foods, As Nature Intended, Planet Organic and Abel & Cole.
If you live in Europe it might be worth checking out their website, which also delivers to some countries in Europe.
Interestingly enough my family and I went on holiday back in April 2016, and stopped by in Abu Dhabi to visit my parents. I was so sad at that point because I didn’t have access to any natural non dairy milks at the hotel we were staying at. So my mum went to one of the large supermarket chains there and lo and behold she got me the Rude Health Almond Drink! I was over the moon (love you mummy)!
It’s great to see that they have branched out internationally as well. If you don’t live in the U.K. or Europe check and see whether they stock their products near you.
Have you ever tried the Rude Health Almond Drink or Ultimate Almond?
Let me know your thoughts!