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I’ve never liked cows milk, my mum used to force me to drink my milk by adding loads of Nesquik into it – that’s the only way I would drink it.
However, there has been an explosion of non-dairy milk which is great for those who don’t like dairy, can’t tolerate it, or are vegan.
Here, I have put together my top alternative milks.
Oat milk is made from oats and water yep that’s it. I like to use oat milk in smoothies, it’s very versatile and goes really well with banana and mangoes.
Oat milk contains vitamins and minerals and is high in calcium and Vitamin A. If you’re looking for ways of getting iron, oat milk is a great vegan choice.
This is the sweetest dairy-free milk of them all. I love to add it to rooibos tea, my oats in the morning and I even just drink it straight up. If you are new to alternative milks I’d start here.
Rice milk is full of benefits including being full of fibre. Rice milk is also low fat and contains almost no saturated fat. Rice milk is a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus and manganese, which are great for your overall health.
Packed full of Vitamin E, almond milk is super creamy and probably the most popular dairy-free milk. I love using almond milk in baking it makes the softest muffins and makes everything a little creamier. I also love using almond milk in porridge, pancakes and smoothies.
The health benefits of almond milk are high. Almond milk is full of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Benefits can include improvement of vision, weight loss, stronger bones and a strong, healthy heart.
The thing I love about coconut milk is it’s so versatile, you can buy it in cans and use for curry or soups, or you can buy in a carton for smoothies and adding a tropical twist to your coffee.
Coconut milk contains beneficial fat called lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. Coconuts contain saturated fat but this fat won’t raise your cholesterol levels instead they are known to actually do the opposite and improve blood pressure.
This hemp milk is a new one in my fridge, I love it as it’s protein packed. Hemp milk is a vegan product made of a blend of hemp seeds and water. The mixture provides a creamy texture with a delicious, nutty taste. And unlike cow’s milk, hemp milk is easy for the body to digest.
Hemp milk can help strengthen your immune system and can help to clear skin, make your nails grow and your hair shine. It has also been known to help with heart health and is anti-inflammatory.
You might have noticed there is no soy milk, I don’t really recommend it as on the whole it is very processed. Just for the record, I’m not against regular cow’s milk. If you do drink cow’s milk, make sure you go for organic full fat milk (that’s the best). It’s great to mix it up and enjoy all the different milks we now have on the market!
What’s your favourite alternative milk? Leave a comment below..