So many discussions are out there about our dairy consumption. Is milk good for you or not? When I was a kid, dairy was a staple in our house. I would drink a mug of milk every day during lunchtime. Other than that, yogurt and cheese were very present, but hey, I grew up in Holland, dairy country! I still enjoy milk or use it for hot cocoa every now and then, but I did notice that my skin reacts to it. So instead of normal milk, almond and oat milk are my main dairy replacements and I alternate between soy and normal yogurt too.
Since we use alternative types of dairies in our smoothies, and I started adding them into baking as well, we would like to give you an insight about the dairy replacements we use on a daily basis.
Almond milk has quickly become even more popular than soy milk and contains essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron and therefore is a nutritional addition to your diet. It takes a little longer than pouring it straight out of the carton, but you can also make your own milk by soaking almonds in water for a while and blend and strain out the pulp with a cheesecloth.
Oat milk obviously is the perfect liquid base for, how surprising, your delicious morning oatmeal! It’s high in fiber and iron, and low in sugars and fat. The other types of dairy alternatives are good options too, but if you’d like to lose weight, oat milk is the way to go. Other than that oat milk contains essential vitamins and mineral, such as manganese, potassium and Vitamin B, E and A. If you are cursed with gluten intolerance, it’s better to make it yourself and avoid store bought oat milk.
Store-bought rice milk is often fortified with extra vitamins and minerals, so be aware that by making it yourself, you won’t get that those specific nutrients. Any type of rice milk contains carbohydrates, making it a great workout drink, though people that have to be aware of their insulin levels, should check whether it’s a safe option to incorporate in their diet.
Soy milk is our favorite for delicious chai latte! However, some are against the consumption of soy milk (or any soy products for that matter), and some are of the opinion that soy milk is a healthy addition to one’s diet. As well, as the other non-dairy milk, soy milk is low fat (no transfat and cholesterol). Other than that it’s a good source of riboflavin, which assists the body in turning food into energy and prevents damage to human cells.