Thursday, July 31, 2014

Manage your Sugar Intake by Baking with @Almond_Fresh #SkipTheSugar #Giveaway, CAN, 8/21

Almond Fresh LogoAccording to Statistics Canada, sugar consumption in Canada is at an all-time high. The average Canadian consumes 26 teaspoons of sugar per day. When you add it all up, that’s 20 bags of sugar per year. It’s no wonder that as a nation we have issues with obesity and diabetes.

Since I’m hypoglycemic, I’ve always watched my sugar intake and as a parent, encouraging The Kids to make healthy food choices is at the top of my list. While “everything in moderation” is my theory to life, that goes out the window every Summer when we visit the Farm. You see, Aunt Sally is an avid baker so that means blueberry crumble, cookies, cakes and/or biscuits at every meal. The calories and sugar consumption can add up, but this year, I came prepared…

We were going to bake with Almond Fresh Beverage.

Almond Fresh Unsweetened

Almond Fresh is one of the products offered by Earth’s Own Food Company Inc, a Canadian company based in British Columbia. The beverage is Made in Canada, GMO-free, gluten free, lactose free, kosher and fortified with 9 essential vitamins and minerals. Refreshing, real nutty taste and all the benefits of nutrient dense real California almonds.

Diana Steele, a Canadian registered dietitian provides the following tips for reducing sugar consumption among Canadian adults;

— Reduce or eliminate sugar sweetened beverages.
— Skip sugary ingredients.
— Say no to candy and chocolate.
— Add nutrients, not calories.
— Cook together and make choices as a Family.

With these tips in mind, we decided to pull out Aunt Madges* best china set and have ourselves a little tea party by baking some of these quick and easy rich tea biscuits using Almond Fresh.

Almond Fresh Tea Biscuits

Ingredients:
2 cups All-purpose flour
2 tbsp Granulated sugar
1 tsp Salt
4 tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Cream of tartar ½ tsp
½ cup Butter or Margarine (cold)
¾ cup Almond Fresh-Unsweetened (cold)**

Directions:
Combine first 5 ingredients in bowl. Stir thoroughly. Cut in butter until crumbly. Pour in Almond Fresh Unsweetened. Stir quickly to combine.

Dough should be soft. Turn out on lightly floured surface. Knead gently 8-10 times. Roll or pat ½ to ¾ inch (2 cm) thick or half the thickness you want the baked product to be. Cut with small round cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes. Brushing biscuits with milk before baking will produce a slightly brown top. Makes 10. Let cool for a few minutes and serve warm with a dollop of clotted cream or in our case, fresh homemade rhubarb jam. Life on the Farm is good.

Almond Fresh and Madges Tea Service

After I filled myself full of delicious and low sugar tea biscuits, which Aunt Sally said were way flakier than the ones she makes with cow’s milk, I got to thinking about all the other ways that I could incorporate Almond Fresh into our meals; smoothies, cereal, pancakes, quiche, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes or even add it to a can of Campbell’s soup when you’re short on time. If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate it into your diet, check out all the Almond Fresh recipes on their website. But that’s not all because one of you will get a chance to win this great prize pack!

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*Aunt Madge is Aunt Sally’s Mother and she too loved to bake.
** Note that I used the Unsweetened flavour to bake with because it only has 35 calories per serving. However, when I’m looking for a cold glass of something to drink, I choose their Original flavour. With only 60 calories, it fills me up full and tastes richer. I’ve been a fan long before I ever had a blog.

The recipe we used was from “Companys Coming. Muffins & More” by Jean Paré (1994) with a few adaptations.

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CONTEST DETAILS
Prize: Prize Pack includes; 2 Almond Fresh tumblers, 3 coupons for free Almond Fresh almond milk, Bamboo kitchen scale, Single Service blender, Set of six bamboo placemats, Stainless steel measuring spoons, Stainless steel measuring cups, Stainless steel colander, Set of four silicone spatulas. Approximate prize value is $150CDN.
Eligibility: Canada Only (excluding Quebec). Age 18+
Duration: The contest will run from Thursday, July 31 until Thursday, August 21, 2014, inclusive.
Shipping: Included in the prize.
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351 thoughts on “Manage your Sugar Intake by Baking with @Almond_Fresh #SkipTheSugar #Giveaway, CAN, 8/21

  1. KD

    The cream of almond and mushroom soup sounds tantalizing, and I love the addition of black beans for a protein boost!

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  2. Rene

    The Almond Fresh Peanut-Butter-Banana Smoothie looks really yummy – and easy, and good for you! I bet the kids would love it!

    Reply
  3. Brenda Penton

    I’d like to make the Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting

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  4. Peady

    I would like to try the Almond Fresh Béchamel Sauce. I can’t imagine that it would actually work!

    I am so curious, in fact, that I now feel compelled to buy some and try it! 😀

    Great blog post. You have piqued my curiosity!
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  5. Mishelle

    I would really like to try the Almond Fresh Cinnamon-Spiced Almond French Toast with Maple Apples as it sounds wonderful but I’d also like to try it in my brownie recipe as well.

    M

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  7. Anne Taylor

    The first thing I saw was an Almond Appletini and I would love one today! Its so hot and it sounds super fresh!

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  8. kristen visser

    yumm so many good things i would love to try but definitely the Almond fresh classic pancakes!

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  9. Lynda Cook

    The Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting looks so decadent, mmmm

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  10. Doreen Lamoureux

    I am always looking for a new breakfast recipe so I would love to try the Almond Fresh Classic Pancakes

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  11. Christina Ferguson

    I would love to try their Almond Fresh Russian drink recipe. I would have never thought to use Almond fresh instead of milk.

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  12. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement

    Too bad this giveaway was only open to Canadian residents because I would be very interested in entering it! I have major sugar issues which I’m still working on…I know I really should do my best to cut it out of my diet but sugar is everywhere!

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    1. Elaine Vnuk

      I have made the Chocolate Fudge Cake many times – it is a fabulous cake even without frosting. So easy to mix up and so much better than any box mix cake.

      Reply
  13. michelle

    I need to make the Almond Fresh Thick Vanilla Almond Pastry Cream – my son and I are pretty lactose sensitive and this would be great for my baking.

    Reply
  14. Karen E. Hill

    I would love to try this Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy
    Chocolate Almond Frosting. Sounds decadent and so good!

    Reply
  15. Cindy B.

    I’ve never thought of baking with Almond Fresh!! I would try the Almond Fresh Thick Vanilla Almond Pastry Cream.

    Reply
  16. Talia

    I’d like to try the Almond Fresh Thai Almond Chicken Curry. I love thai food, but my husband isn’t a fan of the coconut flavor in most dishes.

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  17. Madelyn

    I want to try the Almond Fresh Thai Almond Chicken Curry! I LOVE curry, and find the coconut milk is often too sweet and heavy – what a great idea to change to the Almond Milk.

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  18. Lori JB

    The Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting sounds like something we would love to try

    Reply
  19. KellyAnne Beaton-Snailham

    After looking at all the recipes, I can’t imagine picking just one…. So I picked Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting, cause it was 2 recipes…. Adding Almond Fresh Vanilla to my grocery list this weekend to test this recipe out…..

    Reply
  20. Shannon C

    My hubby is lactose intolerant so he drinks Almond milk already. I can’t believe I never thought to use it in recipes. Think I will be making LOTS of these!

    Reply
  21. mongupp

    I’d like to try the pancakes and see if my kids can tell the difference between cow’s milk and almond milk.

    Reply
  22. Jen L

    This one looks deadly:Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy
    Chocolate Almond Frosting – mmmmmmm!

    Reply
  23. amber y

    I’d like to try the Almond Fresh Bechamel Sauce and the Almond Fresh Potato Chowder. We make home made soups and sauces weekly, but i’d never even considered using almond fresh in them. I bet they’ll be delicious recipes!!

    Reply
    1. Sarah Post author

      Dear Claire,

      I would love to respond to your question in reference to the link you provide but it won’t load and when I go to the root of the website and search, I can’t find anything.

      Unless the rules have changed, when I last checked, I was not allowed to offer giveaways to the province of Quebec if they were valued at over $100. Regardless, in some cases, even when the value is lower, the Company requests that Quebec be excluded.

      I would love to include everyone (including the USA) in all my giveaways.

      Thanks for stopping by The Zoo

      Besos, Sarah
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  24. Kaci Guisinger Harrison

    Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting. This sounds great!! I’m in love with almonds!

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  26. Wayne Lecoy

    i am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win this Almond Fresh Prize Pack.
    In response to your requirement to Visit Almond Fresh’s Website
    and tell you a recipe i would like to try or something i learned.
    I would like to try the Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake
    with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting recipe and i learned that
    Earth’s Own Food Company is a pioneering healthy food & beverage company dedicated to nutritional innovation and sustainability in order to actively improve people’s lives and wellbeing. With a product line-up that includes leading non-dairy beverage brands So Good, So Nice, Almond Fresh and ryza, Earth’s Own Food Company is devoted to developing great tasting wholesome products that are good for our consumers,
    their families, the community and the planet.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Sue A.

    Almond Fresh Thai Almond Chicken Curry is the recipe that appealed to my tastebuds the most. And I learned that the vitamin E found in almonds is the most easily absorbed antioxidant known.

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  29. Kimberley

    I would love to try the Almond Fresh Yammy Mashed Potatoes and would like to the try the Almond Fresh Thai Almond Chicken Curry as well.

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  30. Corry L.

    I would love to try the Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting recipe!

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  31. Edmond

    OMG, The brioche bread pudding sounds divine, fab & splendid. 2 fingers snap . SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the $150 Almond Pack to eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

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  32. Valerie Mallette

    I would love to try making the Almond Fresh Good Morning Almond Berry Smoothie and Almond Fresh Thai Almond Chicken Curry recipe.

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  33. Bailey Dexter

    Wow, I will be trying Almond Fresh Mulled Hot Nutty Chocolate on the weekend. It sound so relaxing.

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  34. Tricia Cooper

    I would like to try this recipe: Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting!

    Reply
  35. Autumn R

    I’d like to try the Almond Fresh Summer Berry Almond Trifle…It sounds like a really nice dessert for summer.

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  36. Natalie

    The recipe for the chocolate fudge cake looks amazing! My mother has a birthday coming up next month and I think that’s the recipe I’m going to use for her cake

    Reply
  37. Josh S

    the Almond Fresh Chocolate Fudge Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Frosting looks great. I would like to try that one out.

    Reply
  38. Elizabeth Vlug

    Would love to try Almond Fresh Peanut-Butter-Banana Smoothie. Thanks for sharing the website, some great simple recipes.

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  39. Jane Reid Gray

    I use Almond fresh in drinks but now will use it for pancakes great idea also love the fact that calories are so much less than dairy milk.

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  40. andie

    I’d love to try their “Almond Fresh Coco-Nutty Orange Smoothie” Recipe. They have some great recipes there.

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  41. jo

    i learned about almond benefits

    Low Fat & Cholesterol Free:
    Almonds can lower cholesterol as part of a diet low in saturated fat.

    Excellent Source of Calcium and Vitamin D:
    Almonds play an essential role in bone health.

    Source of Vitamin E:
    Almonds are one of the leading food sources of vitamin E, which supports immunity and healthy skin.

    Antioxidants
    The vitamin E found in almonds (alpha-tocophenol) is the most easily absorbed antioxidant known. It protects cells from oxidation by removing free radicals, which contribute to aging.

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  42. Becky w

    I already use Almond Fresh in just about everything but I would love to try the Almond Fresh thick vanilla almond pastry cream in a lovely dessert!

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  43. Mary m.

    I read that ,”The vitamin E found in almonds (alpha-tocophenol) is the most easily absorbed antioxidant known. It protects cells from oxidation by removing free radicals, which contribute to aging.”

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  44. Dayle B.

    The Almond Fresh Thai Almond Chicken Curry sounds tasty.
    Thanks, for the info. as I did not know about using Almond fresh
    in recipes to reduce ones sugar intake.

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  45. Debbie S.

    So many recipes at Almond Fresh. I found one with chocolate! hee hee I’d love to try this recipe-Almond Fresh Choco Almond Granita, sounds delicious!

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  46. MPaula

    Wild mushroom soup looks like a tasty recipe. I don’t have wild mushrooms but I think domestic ones would satisfy.

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  47. Elaine Buonsante

    The simple act of kindness that you received was a quarter for your hot water on the day after Alexander passed away

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  48. Jan Fredericks

    i’d like to try the Almond Fresh Waffles~they sound delicious, they may become my family’s Sunday morning go-to.

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  49. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

    I’d like to try/make the Almond Fresh Thai Almond Chicken Curry and the Almond Fresh Cream of Almond & Wild Mushroom Soup. They both sound really really good!

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  50. Beverly Smith

    I woild love.to try the almond waffles, i think my kids and i eould love it! The almind biscuit recipe aounds amazing too 🙂

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  51. Andrea Lamont

    Well, I’d really love to try the recipe you posted!, but the Almond Fresh Potato Chowder sounds yummy too!

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  52. Lynn Duchesne

    I would like to try Almond pudding recipe…. for those in my family who are lactose intolerant this would be a lovely dessert!!!

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  53. Nancy T

    I live in Ontario and I would LOVE to try the Almond Fresh Cinnamon-Spiced Almond French Toast with Maple Apples.
    We love the Almond Fresh products and I didn’t even think to check for recipes on their site. My girls are partial to the Almond Fresh Coconut Milk.

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  54. E

    The pancakes sound lovely! I love almond milk — it’s one of my favourite beverages when I’m looking for something different. So creamy and rich!

    Reply

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