Many people are turning to a non-dairy milk substitute to replace cow’s milk for a variety of reasons. Some choose it as it feels like an ethical decision for them; however, others may suffer from an allergy or an intolerance or just want a healthier alternative. Thankfully, there are plenty of other options these days, as many people have discovered the added benefits of creating similar from plants and nuts. Which ones are the best and why?
Almond milk is one of the most popular alternatives, probably because it’s healthy, rich, and tasty. Many find the creamy, nutty flavor a massive bonus and works well with practically everything cow’s milk does. Many people choose to add almond flavors into their drinks; well, here’s a healthier, less sugary way of doing that. Almond milk is very nutritious and has a load of vitamins and minerals your body needs, including vitamin E. You’ll find fewer calories, less fat, carbohydrates, and lower protein. Of course, this means you’ll need to find your protein elsewhere, but for some, this isn’t an issue. Almond milk can be added to smoothies, porridge, drinks, and so on.
Many people are already very familiar with the taste of oats either because of porridge, flapjacks and so on; they’re already a part of many people’s diets. However, oat milk is probably less mainstream but has so many benefits. Oat milk is made by soaking oats in water and straining the solids; kind of like most plant-based milk. This means that you won’t get the full benefits of a whole oat, but it is still chock full of some amazing health benefits. Oat milk has been praised as it contains fewer allergens than many other milk alternatives, including the real deal. Oat milk has a great selection of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, and so on. It has very few calories and is a fantastic source of fiber.
This isn’t the same as the tinned coconut milk you can add to your Thai green curry, it’s more watered down and more of a milky texture and a less overpowering taste. This milk has been described as having a subtle coconut taste with a mostly creamy texture. If you prefer to have almost no carbohydrates and no protein, then this milk is perfect for you. This alternative also has very few calories with one cup containing around 45 calories and only 4 grams of fat.
Soy milk has been described as one of the closest alternatives to milk there is with its own pros and cons. It is also a common substance that many are allergic to, which is a downside to this milk. However, it has similar calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals all which are beneficial. However, some people are unsure of this milk in particular as it has been known to be from genetically modified plants, and this puts people off.
There are a whole variety of milk alternatives out there, many of which will positively contribute to a healthy and balanced diet.