Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Review and giveaway: Ryza and AlmondFresh (with $40 Whole Foods gift card!)

As a general rule, I don't eat many dairy products. However, I do have a family history of osteoporosis, so I know that having a good source of calcium in my diet is really important.  That's why I've lately been happy to see the increase in alternatives to dairy milk, like almond milk and rice milk.  Recently consumers in Washington, California and Oregon have had another option to choose from with the arrival of some product that are already popular in Canada, called Almond Fresh and Ryza. Here's a bit about these two products, from a press release that I received:

Almond Fresh-
Nutrient Rich- Almond Fresh contains seven essential nutrients. Almond Fresh is a source of Vitamin B12 (50 percent of the daily recommended intake) and Vitamin D (45 percent of the daily recommended intake)

Non-Dairy Calcium Powerhouse- An eight ounce glass of Almond Fresh contains 30 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium.

Allergy-Free Choice- Almond Fresh is completely free of wheat, gluten and dairy

Antioxidant Rich: Almonds are one of the leading food sources of vitamin E, which supports immunity and healthy skin.  The vitamin E found in almonds (alpha-tocophenol) is the most easily absorbed antioxidant. It protects cells from oxidation by removing free radicals, which contributes to aging.

1 Cup=1 Whole Grains Serving: Ryza is the only milk to contain one serving- 16 grams- of whole grains per one cup serving.
Only Non-Processed Rice Milk: Ryza is the only rice beverage that does not process, mill or polish its grains. The result is that all the natural oils and vitamins of the brown rice are preserved, giving Ryza its unique, naturally-golden, and slightly sweet and nutty flavor. 
Low-Fat: With no added oils, Ryza has half the fat of the leading competitor.
Nutrient Rich: Ryza is an excellent source of calcium and is enriched with vitamins A, D, B2, B12 and iron.
No Added Sugars or sweeteners
Okay, so these drinks are full of good stuff, but how do they taste?  My samples arrived when Daniel was still home from work, so I made him do a taste test with me, and we were both very pleased with what we tasted! Both the Almond Fresh and Ryza have nice, slightly sweet flavors. I didn't think there was any weird aftertaste with either product.  We did have a difference of opinion on which was yummier- I preferred the Almond Fresh a bit more and Daniel preferred the Ryza.  Both are delicious though, and I look forward to drinking them and using them in my cooking as well!

You can get Ryza in either original or vanilla flavors, and Almond Fresh is available in original, vanilla and unsweetened (only 30 calories!) Right now Almond Fresh and Ryza are only available in West Coast stores like Save Mart, Whole Foods, New Season's, Market of Choice, Mother's, New Leaf, New Front, Life Source Natural Foods, New Leaf, Lambs Thriftway and Lassen's. I'm hoping that they spread further soon!

To celebrate the arrival in the US of these great new products, one lucky reader will win a voucher for a carton each of Almond Fresh and Ryza and a $40 Whole Foods gift card! The giveaway ends on Thursday, so get your entries in right away! Enter at the Rafflecopter widget below:

Disclosure: I received samples of these products to review for myself. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Melissa said...

I'd LOVE to try these, especially the Ryza. I love that it contains whole grains.. I'm always looking to get more of those!

Dana said...

I've been wanting to try almond milk for quite a while now, but haven't gotten around to it. I've heard it's great! danaahudson at gmail.com

Roxy said...

i'd like to try them because they seem very healthy with all those vitamins!

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BetterLivingForLess said...

I would love to try these because I am allergic to dairy.

mrsshukra said...

Always wanted to try Ryza products!

kellyr78 said...

I am interested in these products because I rarely use real milk or drink it- only soy or Almond


Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I have heard that there are some great benefits to almond milk and I have not yet tried it. This would be a great opportunity. Thanks for the chance!!

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jakiesmom said...

i would like to try the almond milk to help my cholesterol
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kmogilevski said...

I would love to try Almond Milk because I love almonds!

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wizardewu said...

I want to try these products because I am lactose-intolerant.
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maryjaco1 said...

I like to try milk alternatives.

Carole Spring said...

I like to try these two products because they are milk alternatives and they are packed full of healthy vitamins.

Howell said...

I can't drink milk so I would like to try these products.
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Kathy Rambousek said...

Hubby has a hard time with milk and I've purchase Almond milk for baking and such.

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ticklemetiffyyyy said...

I have been wanting to try some with my toddler who has issues with cows milk and we have tried pretty much every other product thats milk like to no avail and since shes pushing 2 now I think it would be ok to try.
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Tylerpants said...

My family doesnt have any issues with drinking cow's milk but would love to try almond and rice milk just to see if we like it. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Shannon said...

I would like to try this because my trainer suggested replacing milk with almond milk in my coffee


swedEnesefamily said...

My son is allergic to milk so we have been using these types of products for a while now. I like them over milk also.

Liz said...

I'd like to try them because I'm always looking for tasty milk substitutes!

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skgaff said...

I would love to try this because it has a serving of whole grain in it and that's a great way to get your grains!

ruthhill74 said...

I am the strange one in the family who prefers milk alternatives, and these sound great!

trixx said...

I have never tried almond milk or rice milk before & would love to!