Mmmmmmhm! I’m all about that milk at the moment.
Having suffered from Lactose intolerance since my mid-teens milk has been a love-hate relationship for me. I love a big bowl of rice pudding, bananas and custard or a heaping pile of mac and cheese. The issue is I had to quit it all cheesy, milky goodness for fear of the stomach rumbles and toilet troubles.
Since going vegan I’ve learnt so much about new types of food and drinks available to me.
Yes, most of these have been on the market since the dawning of time but I never thought of them as a viable replacement. The prices have very recently come back to earth and they’re finally a good replacement for dairy milk! Before this, I skipped milk entirely!
Top dairy-free milk
Being one of the most common soy is normally a go-to for anyone swapping out dairy from their diet or trying to introduce variety. The issue is it can be a bit hostile when mixed in hot drinks (In my experience). It has a fairly mild flavour and very similar in texture to milk. Some say it has an almost grainy texture and carries chocolate and other flavours very well. The top selling soy brand is ‘Silk’ and one of their most popular drinks is chocolate soy milk! Made from soy beans and water, soy milk is rich in protein (7 g for 250 mL) and potassium. One cup of unsweetened soy beverage has 80 calories and 4 g of fat, but very little saturated fat (0.5 g). It also contains flavonoids, recognised for their antioxidant properties.
Best used for shakes and ice-creams.
Almond milk is the woman at the bar, the one with the long straight hair and 5inch heels that orders a martini. Suave and sophisticated but not for everyone. It’s very flavourful, rich and creamy. It’s ready to go, if they made this in small boxes you’d be walking around with these with a long straw (like a capri-sun). There’s a bit of a war going for the top brand of almond milk. On one side there’s Alpro almond milks (my personal fave) and then there’s Blue Diamonds
Made from ground almonds, this tasty drink is a great option for those trying to monitor their cholesterol, or who have an intolerance to lactose. Similar to a rice drink they have commercialised almond milk and most brands feature flavours like vanilla and chocolate, alpro do amazing favours. One cup (250 mL) of the unsweetened kind has just 30 calories and 2 g of fat (0.2 g saturated fat), but is low in protein with just 1 g.
Best used for; tonnes of things but it’s amazing as ice-creams (you could add some nuts and maple syrup) and just for drinking on it’s own!
One of the quieter products on the market. Rice drinks are more watery then most dairy-free milks it’s mild in flavour so again, carries flavours well but is not best suited to drinking plain. Rice drinks, like Dream- Rice or Alpro-Rice are a kind of grain milk processed from rice. It is commonly unsweetened, but there are commercial brands available in vanilla, chocolate and almond flavours. It blends well when heated It doesn’t contain cholesterol or lactose, which makes it a good option for people who are lactose intolerant. One cup (250 mL) of unsweetened rice beverage has 110 calories and 1 g of fat (0.3 g saturated fat) and 2 g protein.
Best used for; blending flavours; hot recipes, custards, ice creams, shakes.
This brand-new type of milk made with water and coconut milk, not to be confused with the straight coconut milk available in cans, and is popular with its smooth texture and mild taste. It’s more similar to a coconut water than a milk but is brilliant with smoothies or drank by itself. Brands such as ; Alpro and Tesco’s own and Dream have jumped on the band waggon and have created so many different flavours and sizes! You can buy coconut milk in travel boxes now (like the capri-sun).
Best used for; on the go drinks, cooking and baking. Amazing for desserts and sweet treats.
My new favourite drink and it should be yours too. Not only is it dairy-free it’s also super creamy and works perfectly in tea & coffee and any other amazingly milky treat you might want to indulge in – yes, Indulge. I’ve used it for custard, Rice pudding and mixed with bananas and coconut cream to make a really lovely ice cream. There are 3 big brands on the market; Alpro, Rude Health, Dream and my personal favourite Oatly.
Best used for everything.
I made the world’s tastiest vegan hot chocolate with this amazing full-flavoured drink!
Why go dairy free?
If you’re not of the vegan persuasion,
you should be no, sorry, I’m not going to be that girl but it really has made a huge impact on my life, not only for my health but for my confidence. Sidetracked here… If you’re not vegan but you’re still reading this, it means you’re considering trying something new. Why not try changing your milks up, not only for your health but for the fun of it! There are some amazing products on the market at the minute but there are also a tonne of other reasons…
You should go dairy free because;
- It tastes damn good.
- It’s versatile – why have one milk when you can have thousands?
- It’s not as expensive as people tell you – you know, the milk people. They want all the money.
- Most people are actually intolerant by nature, genetically 30% of people haven’t developed a strong stomach to tolerate milk.
- It’s fortified with vitamins, and minerals – added bonus.
- The animals bro – Whether or not you’re an animal lover, one small change can impact the changes in animal agriculture and the environmental changes.
I found this on a popular health website; “There’s no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss! Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance. … Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis”.
I personally can’t drink milk anyway so having these choices have drastically changed how I eat and drink.