If you have been around coffee shops, grocery stores, and everywhere else then you have experienced hearing about the millions of milks that are now popular and available! There has been a huge influx of using these plant based milks in recent years. Plant milks offer many different flavors, textures, and benefits for those who have an allergy or those who just may want to try something new! We are going to look at some of the newest milk alternatives and see what all the excitement is about.
Lately, the alternatives to animal-based milk have become so popular that some people now prefer plant-based milks over animal-based milks. Others may have even realized an allergy to animal-based milks, and must now consume plant-based milks. Not only allergy or preference, but it is reported to even be more environmentally friendly to use some select plant-based milks. There are so many options out there, and some you can even make yourself at home! From soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, rice milk, cashew milk, macadamia milk, and more – try out all of the tasty options.
If you are looking for a thicker texture, a good source of protein and a consistency close to cow’s milk, soy milk may be the match for you. Soy milk has no cholesterol and is able to be used in baking recipes.
Oat milk is one of the creamier options of plant milk! It is my personal favorite to add to cereal, lattes, and smoothies! Oats naturally assist in helping your cholesterol levels, so this is a great way to get your oats in. There are more calories and carbs in oat milk, so that can be something that helps power your body with energy.
Almond milk has many benefits, from magnesium to calcium, and being low in carbs and calories. It is also high in antioxidants and vitamins. Whether you are a health nut, or just like the flavor – almond milk is a good great option!
Cashew milk is another plant based milk that has an amazing taste, texture, and health benefits for us to take advantage of. It is said to be loaded with minerals, vitamins, immunity boosting abilities, skin health benefits, and more. Cashew milk is even good for the health of our eyes.
With the plant milks that we covered here, you can actually make them yourself right at home and skip out on all the chemicals! All you need is the main ingredient of the milk (oats, almonds, cashews, rice, etc), water, a blender, a nut milk bag, and water! The way to have homemade plant milk is to simply soak your main ingredient, blend it in water, strain it through a nut milk bag, and add a splash of vanilla for flavor! You can even add in cocoa powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, or fruits if you are feeling adventurous. If you choose to make your own plant milk from home, be sure to pay attention to the date and shelf life. Homemade plant milks should stay in the fridge and only be kept for 3-5 days.
Whether your milk comes from a cow or an almond, may you have a delicious experience with your dairy (or dairy alternative)!