Are you a milk drinker? I loved it as a child and drank it with all three meals. Unfortunately, as time passed, I developed a bit of intolerance. Maybe you avoid cows’ milk for the same reason, or because of allergies. Vegetarians may exclude dairy products, and some people don’t care for the taste. Whatever your reasons, times have changed and there are numerous alternatives. I know of at least nine but let’s focus on the following four products.
Out of the group, soy is my favorite. There are other consumers who feel this tastes the most like animal’s milk. It’s high in calcium, vitamins B, K, and protein. Honestly, I was apprehensive about the taste of plant-based milk but was pleasantly surprised when I tried the chocolate flavor. It may improve cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
Almond is high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and cholesterol free. This may support a healthy heart and skin. Something I just discovered is you can make your own with almonds and water. Check out this simple recipe.
Oat is a good choice for those with food allergies and intolerances. It’s naturally free of dairy, nut, lactose, and soy. It contains more calories, carbohydrates, and fiber than almond, soy, and cow’s milk, but less protein than soy and dairy. It may lower LDL cholesterol and benefit bone health. Guess what, it too can be made at home.
Cashew is another plant milk you can make from scratch. Unlike almond and oat, it requires no straining. Therefore, you retain all the benefits of the nut. It has a creamy, rich consistency with iron and magnesium. Cashews may boost immunity, improve heart, eye and skin health.
What do all of these have in common? They provide plant-based options that may contribute to improved health besides being great for baking, cooking, smoothies and shakes. Do your own taste tests and start incorporating the flavors you enjoy. Try this tasty recipe Herbed Cashew-Tofu Cream Cheese.