Friday, December 14, 2012

Earth's Own's @Almond_Fresh & So Good Beverages {Giveaway}

I know it may strike people as somewhat amusing that I spent much of my young adult life as a vegetarian and am now married to a beef farmer.  In the days when I was vegetarian, we didn't have as many vegetarian food options in restaurants as we do now.

Even non-dairy beverages were hard to come by.  When I was at a cafe and inquired as to whether they had any soy milk, the server told me to grind my own soy beans. Ummm...Thanks. Realizing this was a sarcastic comment, I didn't go into how I'd have to soak and strain the soy beans too. I just decided to forgo the soy milk since they obviously didn't have any at that particular establishment.

So Good soon became my best friend. Other soy milk brands available were kind of chalky and not very easy on the palate. I quickly fell in love with So Good Vanilla and Soy Good Chocolate (as well as So Good Original).  To be healthy, I opted for the Original.  For a treat, I'd occasionally have the Vanilla or Chocolate. If you haven't tried So Good Vanilla, it tastes like the milk in  your cereal bowl right after you've eaten Frosted Flakes.

The taste is smooth, delicate, and I love it on its own or in a smoothie. I'm no stranger to soy milk, but I also wanted to try other alternatives. I tried rice milk and more recently, almond milk.

When I was at the ShesConnected Conference in Toronto last Fall, I was introduced to Almond Fresh. I love that Almond Fresh is a source of 9 essential vitamins and minerals, including Calcium, Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D!

Just recently, I was given the opportunity to try out some beverages from Earth's Own. My family sampled the So Good Original, Chocolate and Vanilla. I wanted to try the So Good Strawberry, but for some reason we haven't been able to find it in any of the stores here.

Both Little One and Hubby are true farm kids. They love their dairy. I personally like the variety and the alternatives sometimes. I love dairy too, but I also love the soy and almond beverages. Plus, with lactose intolerance on Hubby's side of the family (his nieces are lactose intolerant), I wondered if Little One may be as well. So far no signs, but I wanted to introduce her to some alternatives just in case. Hubby says that farm kids are not allowed to have allergies, but I'm not so sure!

I found that both Hubby and Little One enjoyed the Chocolate and Vanilla So Good better than the Original. I loved them all.

When it came to the Almond Fresh, Little One said she liked the So Good better. I kind of knew that would happen, because for some reason, my child does not like nuts.

I even bought the 3 pack of individual sized Almond Fresh beverages so it would be more portable for when we're on the go. I was the one who ended up drinking them.

Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just thought it may be nice for Little One to have in the vehicle while we ran errands.

Since the Holidays are upon us, I just had to get Almond Fresh's Noel Nog!  What's Christmas without "eggnog"? This is a great alternative!

It's got the same great flavour as traditional eggnog, but to me it feels much lighter (which is a good thing!). Hubby said it's something he could get used to as well.  Admittedly, he's a traditional kind of guy and prefers traditional eggnog, he did say that the essential flavours were present in the Noel Nog!

Want to try some? You can find Noel Nog at these stores.

You can find out more by connecting with Almond Fresh on Facebook and Twitter, and So Good on Facebook.

I wanted to let you in on a few other cool things about Earth's Own:

 Earth's Own donated $150 to our Mount Sinai Perinatal Parents Benefit Concert. We raised a total of $1,435 for families with babies in the NICU this Holiday Season! Thank you, Earth's Own!

Also, did you know that So Good is a PTPA Award Winner? It's pretty wild! I was really excited to discover that!

Earth's Own would like to give you a chance to try So Good & Almond Fresh yourself!  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win product vouchers for both products! Giveaway open to residents of Canada. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure - We were given the opportunity to test the above products. All the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.


Brianne Hager said...

I would love to try the Soyummi puddings.

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

As I type - I am enjoying a coffee with Vanilla Almond Milk from Earth fresh - Yum!

Erin D said...

The almond milk makes fantastic smoothies if you use the vanilla flavour. We do like the So Good too though.

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

I have some coupons in my purse, which I plan on using later today. I can't wait to try the eggnog!


I would love to try the coffee vanilla.

Sober Julie said...

I love the Coffee Vanilla....fab for cocktails!

Christine McN said...

Oh! I want to try those too! I always want to try the So Good frozen treats!

Christine McN said...

Hmm...Maybe I should be doing that right now too! :)

Christine McN said...

Mmmm! Sounds delish! I'll have to make one today!

Vivian said...

I would like to try So Good Strawberry.

Shayna Murray said...

When I came home with the chocolate Almond Fresh I gave a glass of it to my daughter and told her it was chocolate milk. She had no idea that it wasn't milk at all. I also put the plain one on her oatmeal in the mornings and she gobbles it up...

Mama Ash said...

I like Almond Milk. I'm not a fan of Soy milk..I'm really anti soy, LOL!
So this is a nice alternative. I like to use Almond Milk when making smoothies and even popsicles with almond butter and chocolate.

Torviewtoronto said...

this is wonderful i have entered the giveaway we like the chocolate milk

Annie1 said...

I'd like to try their unsweetned variety

Anne Taylor

bwright said...

I want to try the So Good Chocolate. Since I am nursing, I have to use soy milk. Regular milk gives the baby gas.

Amy C said...

I would like to try the So Good Chocolate Supreme.

Sue2Sueper said...

I would like to try Almond Fresh - Chocolate

gibberish said...

I just discovered that they have Soyummi puddings - I'd like to try those.
My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

Erika E said...

I'd like to try the Noel Nog and the So Good Omega DHA Vanilla.

Rory said...

Noel Nog

Amber said...

I've tried the vanilla and now I'd like to try the Noel Nog.

Amber Y

Anonymous said...

I weould like to try the soyummi pudding , sounds yummy eh

raff name

Yan D said...

the coffee vanilla looks yummy! so i want to try it!
rafflecopter - Yan Deng

pamalot said...

I would like to try the So Good chocolate

Tina L. said...

I like the Almond Fresh - Chocolate.

Unknown said...

I would love the chocolate soyyummi puddings!

Fan R. said...

I would love to try Ryza

lelalacc said...

i'd like to try some of the earth's own ryza products - never had them and they seem like a neat idea beverage idea.

entering in rafflecopter as jen s.

john said...

So Good ice cream

Jen M said...

I'd like So Nice Single Serve Chocolate milk!
jenyasha87 at hotmail dot com

Happy Chinadoll said...

Almond Fresh - coconut

ksceviour said...

I would like to try the vanilla almond fresh

(Karla Sceviour on rafflecopter)

Jeannie Lam said...

I want to try the So Good chocolate supreme frozen dessert.

paula huie said...

id love to try the almond fresh coconut!!! mmm

maria said...

I would like to try the vanilla flavour of almond milk.

pippirose said...

I'd love to try the Almond Fresh in vanilla.

thatgirl said...

My daughter-in-law to be is a long distance runner and swears by these products. She has turned me on to them but I have not tried to Soyummy non-dairy puddings yet. I am somewhat lactose intolerant so those are the next things I am going to try.

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

Would like to try the So Good Strawberry

Angela M said...

I;d like to try Noel Nog.

Anonymous said...

the Coconut Almond Fresh Jan

Areta said...

So Good Strawberry!

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