I’ve heard cow’s milk is actually bad for you if you are lactose intolerant, or at least not beneficial when compared to the many alternative options. But if I shouldn’t drink milk, what’s the best alternative? Are any of them good? There are a lot of healthy alternatives t milk and here some of them:
Almond milk’s unique flavor goes great with coffee, cereal, smoothies, and oatmeal. It is also super easy to make at home. Simply soak almonds for 8 hours, rinse them off, and then blend with water, using a 1:3 cup ratio of nuts to water. You can add your own flavouring/sweetness by also throwing in some vanilla and one or two pitted dates .You may strain the liquid and use it as milk!
Expert tip: The pulp can be stored and used as a base for desserts or you could even mix it with some coconut oil and oats to make a face scrub.
Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of any of the milk alternatives and is often free of soy, gluten and nuts. It is made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup and brown rice starch. This milk is high in carbohydrates and low in protein compared to dairy milk. As it is quite thin and watery, rice milk is not especially well suited for use in cooking or baking.
Oat milk is a powerhouse of protein, with around 4-5g of healthy plant protein per serving. It is also extremely high in soluble fibre, which allows for healthy digestion. Oat milk is very nutritious milk made from the grains of the oatmeal cereal. Oats are very immune system friendly; studies have proven that eating oats actually reduces your “bad” cholesterol levels while raising your “good” cholesterol levels.
Coconut milk is similar to canned light coconut milk, but the smooth dairy-case kind has less sweet coconut flavour and body, despite thickeners and as much sat fat as whole cow’s milk. Coconut milk is also low in sugar, and does not even contain fructose, a common sugar found in many fruits, particularly grapes, blackberries, apples, and bananas.