10 milk alternatives for National Plant Milk Day!
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Today is National Plant Milk Day, it’s becoming easier and easier to get your hands on tasty and healthy Milk Alternatives, so to celebrate we’ve come up with a list of the 10 best alternatives to dairy milk available on the market. There are many reasons why you may choose to use non-dairy alternatives to milk: for health reasons (as most non-dairy milk alternatives have less fat and sugar as standard dairy milk), you may not agree with dairy for ethical reasons, or you may have an allergy for example, lactose intolerance. Whatever your reasons may be, check out our list of the Top 10 Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives, there are some you’ve probably heard of and some other more obscure ideas but if you’re looking to cut down on your dairy intake you’re sure to be impressed!
- Soya Milk – Lets start off with one of the most well-known on the list, Soya Milk.Soya milk is one of the most widely available of milk alternatives, brands such as Alpro and Provamel sell multiple variations of the ever so popular Soya Milk. But what exactly is Soya? Soya Milk is produced by soaking, boiling and grinding Soybeans. It’s most widely used in coffees and is a healthy and tasty alternative to milk.
- Almond Milk – Similarly to Soya Milk, Almond Milk is available at most high-street supermarkets among the most popular brands are, Almond Breeze, Alpro Almond and Rude Health. Alpro do multiple flavours such as Coconut Almond, Vanilla and Dark Chocolate. One benefit of Almond Milk is that it has a high magnesium levels which are good for strong bones, like calcium in dairy. Almond milk is popularly used in smoothies or milkshakes, and good enough to drink on its own too!
- Hemp Milk – A more obscure milk alternative is Hemp Milk. The brand Good Hemp specialise in producing Hemp Milk, you can order off their website as it can be hard to find in your local supermarket. Of course you can alwaysmake it yourself! Simple recipes can be found online.Hemp milk contains both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which are great for brain functioning! It is also a great source of proteins for vegans/vegetarians!
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- Coconut Milk – Coconut milk has always been a popular ingredient in curry making, a lot of curries use Coconut Milk to create a creamy and mild sauce, such as Thai Green Curry, Korma etc. Why don’t you try making your own curry using Coconut Milk? Blue Dragon Coconut Milk is available at most high-street food shops and is great for cooking; whereas Alpro Coconut and Rude Health Coconut Milk are great for drinking on their own or making smoothies.
- Pea Protein Milk – Another less popular but no less tasty milk alternative is Pea Protein Milk, this is probably the hardest of them to find.However, a company named Bolthouse, specialise in Pea Protein Milk and have created a whole range including Vanilla and Chocolate.
- Flax Milk – There are a few popular brands of Flax Milk including Ooomega Flax and Good Karma. Flax milk is an easy to make alternative to dairy milk. I recommend having it with granola and berries.
- Oat Milk – Available by Oat-ly, Alpro Oat Milk and Rude Health. Oat-ly have started a campaign named ‘Post Milk Generations’ they are trying to promote non-dairy alternatives because of the carbon footprint of dairy products. They’ve been campaigning online, social media, attending festivals and having pop-ups; trying to raise awareness of the damages dairy products do to the earth. Oat Milk is delicious and helps reduce your carbon footprint in one.
- Rice Milk – Rice Milk is usually unsweetened and made using brown rice. However, some brands use syrup or sweetener to create a nicer flavour and taste. These brands includeRice Dream, Rude Health. Unsweetened and Sweetened Rice Milk is available so its dependent on your preferences. It’s used in a similar way to Soya Milk and studies have found it to be very easily digestible, especially by people who suffer with mil allergies. What’s not to love?
- Cashew Milk – Cashew milk is another variation on plant/nut based milk alternatives, made in a similar way to almond milk with a slightly different taste. You can get your hands on this nutty milk alternative from Rude Health, Plenish and Alpro
- Quinoa Milk – A milk you might have never heard of before that is super interesting and apparently super healthy is Quinoa Milk. I know what you’re thinking ‘That stuff you have in your salad?’…Right! Quinoa is extremely diverse and adaptable, it can be used in many ways, and a milk alternative is one of those ways. The best way to try it is to make your own at home, there are hundreds of recipes on the internet, so why not give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen?
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