Last week we talked about Cow’s Milk and some of the reasons why dairy is not good for our bodies. Today, I want to talk about Non-Dairy Milks.
Non-Dairy Milks are plant based milk. In other words, they are made from plants, nuts and seeds. Here is a short list of the most popular ones:
- Almond milk
- Coconut milk (my favorite, by the way)
- Hazelnut milk
- Hemp milk (my husband’s favorite)
- Oat milk (not sure if there is a Gluten Free variety available!)
- Rice milk
- Soy milk (I don’t recommend soy milk)
Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore, provides a list of what to look for when buying your non-dairy milk:
1. Make sure the plant-based milk you are using doesn’t contain oil. Refrigerated milks tend to, but shelf-stable do not. The shelf-stable ones also tend to be cheaper, and the great thing about them is you can stock up so you never run out in the middle of the recipe.
2. If you trying to eat a low-fat diet, you might want pick the brand with the lowest amount of fat per serving. This tends to be rice or oat milk, as soy and almonds both are fairly rich in fat naturally. You can, however, find low-fat and fat-free soy milks.
3. Pick the brand with the least number of ingredients.
4. Buy unsweetened if you can. If you need your plant-based milk sweetened, that’s fine. Sugar is a scapegoat, not the biggest concern. A little sweetener in your plant-based milk is nothing to worry about — just make sure you’re buying sweetened plain or vanilla, not chocolate or another flavor, which is basically a candy bar in a glass.
Although, Lindsay and I don’t agree on oil based milk, she has some excellent points for choosing Non Dairy Milk. (If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know how much I love coconut products — including coconut milk.)
You can also, easily, make your own Non Dairy Milk. I have published a complete recipe for making Non Dairy milk here. My husband, Malcolm, prefers homemade Non Dairy Milk and has developed his own recipe!
If you are interested in more dairy substitutes, I recommend you purchase a copy of my new ebook: