There is nothing like eating a spoonful of ice cream on a warm summer day
or enjoying a nice bowl of cereal on a Saturday morning. However, dairy
doesn’t sit well with everyone. If you are trying to eliminate dairy
from your diet, it can seem like all your favorite treats turn into temptations
you have a hard time avoiding. Luckily, there are many non-dairy alternatives
that allow you to indulge in your favorite treats while still adhering
to your dietary restrictions! Which dairy milk substitute is best for
you will depend on the reason for the change.
Are you 1 of the 50 million Americans who are lactose intolerant? Do you
not like the taste of milk from cows? Are you trying to reduce the amount
of animal-based products you consume? Whatever the reason may be, remember
that there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Check out some popular
non-dairy alternatives to milk below.
One of the most popular dairy substitutes is almond milk. It has a slightly
sweet, nutty flavor and is generally low in calories. Many people prefer
it for the taste. Though not high in protein (with only 1 gram per cup),
it does offer more vitamin E and calcium than traditional cow’s
milk. When purchasing almond milk from the store, be careful of cartons
marked with “lecithin,” which is a starch used to thicken
the drink to match the average milk consistency.
Soy milk is another great alternative to cow’s milk. It became a
staple for many non-dairy drinkers, appearing in popular drinks at Starbucks
and in ice cream. Soy milk is most similar to cow’s milk nutritionally.
One cup of soy milk provides 7 grams of protein and plenty of calcium.
If you buy the unsweetened variety, you can also reduce your sugar intake.
However, as one of the most genetically modified produce items, you should
be aware of where the soybeans came from. Choose non-GMO, organic brands
to avoid harmful chemicals or pesticides.
Fans of coconuts flock to this milk option, preferring the sweet flavor.
Often used in curries and desserts, it can serve as a good alternative
to cow’s milk. However, it does not offer much in terms of nutrients.
It lacks both protein and vitamins, compared to other options. While some
manufacturers may fortify the drink with added nutrients, be careful of
any additives or sweeteners. Some brands could be stocked with sugars,
making it just as bad as grabbing a soda or other sugary drink.
Made from hemp seeds, this milk serves as a great alternative to dairy.
High in omega-3 fatty acids and protein, hemp milk is both nutritious
and delicious. Vegans and vegetarians, in particular, will benefit from
its nutritional value. Find hemp milk that is unsweetened and fortified
with vitamins and calcium for a great, healthy, and balanced drink.
Eliminating dairy doesn’t mean you have to give up flavor and nutrition.
Given the increasing number of lactose intolerant individuals and health-conscious
individuals, more non-dairy alternatives are emerging now than ever before.
You can now find ice cream and milk without any harmful dairy in them!
So how about that bowl of ice cream or cereal this weekend?
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