Milk. Creamy, dreamy, delicious and nutritious. It's truly a difficult subject to argue with the nutrient dense champion for decades and decades, cow's milk... but we do have some promising contenders in the plant milk space. As a side note... do you think adult cows still continue to drink milk from other cows when they grow up? Sorry, we're getting off topic from the main point, let us begin! It's 2018, and it is now easier than ever to drink our veggies! We have so many milky options to choose from! Lets talk about a few...
Almond milk: Perhaps one of the most popular of all the plant based milks, tried and true. Very low in calories as compared to cow's milk, and contains zero saturated fat and cholesterol! It is a good source of vitamins A & D, however not the greatest source of protein or calcium, but not to worry... thats where other plant milks come in!
Soy Milk: Soy is a protein powerhouse for those on plant based diets! Soy milk packs the same protein punch as a glass of cow's milk, with less calories per serving! Great source of Vitamin A, B12, vitamin D and potassium! As all plant foods, soy milk contains ZERO cholesterol. If you happen to be soy free, you're in luck... theres tons of more plans we can make milk from!
Cashew Milk: Less than 1/4 the calories of a glass of cow's milk. Cashew milk loses the protein battle, but for diabetics, cashew milk per 8 oz. has 0 natural sugars as compared to 12g of sugar per serving of cow's milk. Cashew milk also contains 50% of the average daily Vitamin E requirements! So make sure you get some cashew milk in your cereal to invigorate your skin, and help protect against sun damage.
Rice Milk: Soy free, nut free & plant based. Rice is one of the least allergenic sources of plant based milks, however the trade off would be that rice milk has a higher carbohydrate content, with less protein.
With the rise and newfound popularity of plant milk, remember this is hardly a new trend. Plant milk has been around for centuries, found in an abundance of cultures worldwide. One of the earliest known plant milks, Horchata, appeared in northern Africa made from tiger nuts.
No matter which plant based milk you opt for it will come down to your personal preference for taste and nutritional needs. With many different types available and the market now favoring these types of milks, the options are endless. Whether you decide to buy or make your own, experiment and test out many kinds until you find what is right for you.