Advantages Dairy free, low fat
Disadvantages Price availability
What is rice Dream ?
Rice dream is a vegetable drink that as the name states is made from rice. Low in fat and cholesterol it is aimed as a replacement to dairy milk. It is naturally low in calcium so this variety of rice dream has added calcium which is about equal to the amount you would get from milk. Rice dream which comes as ice cream as well as milk is usually organic, but the rice dream with added calcium is the only one that is not organic. Rice produces sugar so it has a natural sweetness so no sugar is added to the ingredients.
The packaging is like other longlife milk containers. It is white and blue. Rice Dream is being poured into a glass that trys to make the consumer want to drink some Rice Dream straight away. Calcium is printed in a few places to make sure you do not miss the fact that it has added calcium. One thing that is not on the carton like the otherproducts from the Rice Dream range is organic. That is because this is the only one that is not organic which must havve something to do with the added calcium.
Bad Points :~
Rice dream does not contain protein and Essential fatty acids were as milk does. Your body needs protean and Essential fatty acids for the growth of muscles and to keep your metabolising working. So you will need to get these from another source in your diet. Price at £1.79 a litre this is steep, compared to my Cravendale at £1.20 for 2 litres. Also it is not widely available tried all the local supermarkets in the area. Only found other makes of rice milk but not Rice Dream. Then at last I found it in a local health food shop down a back ally that did not even know existed. The shop owner said he had 1 carton left for 80p. thought that was cheap, he said it was reduced from £1.79 as the only customer who bought it was now buying another make from Asda for £1.20. Also the supplier he got it from had stopped stocking it so he was going to stop selling it anyway.
It looks similar to milk in texture more like full fat milk rather than skimmed which is a bit watery. The colour is a bit more of an off white not brown more like a creamy colour.
Rice Dream can be used for a substitute for milk also in cooking unlike someother non milk products like soya milk. It is also good for making milk based drinks like milk shakes.
400ml Rice Dream chilled,
Handful of strawberries chopped,
Blend until smooth and creamy. Add a vodka or 2 for the adult version.
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