Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives Come in Many Forms.
The good news is that most supermarkets carry the many varieties of non-dairy milk alternatives, including almond milks, rice milks and soy milks, both in non-refrigerated boxed products as well as refrigerated varieties. The listed options below will give you some helpful insights on choosing the right dairy-free milk alternative for your discerning taste.
I encourage you to use this as your guide to the milk alternatives available on the market today. If you have a good blender, non-dairy milks are fairly easy to make at home. For additional tips and an easy to follow recipe, visit: vegetariantimes.com/blog/how-to-make-plant-based-milks.
A thick consistency, with a slight bean flavor. Soymilk is protein rich compared to other nondairy milks. Great for baking, it also works well as creamer in coffee or tea, although if your beverage is too acidic, the soymilk may curdle.
Light, with naturally sweet undertones, rice milk has a higher carbohydrate content than other options. Its pleasant, mild flavor makes it a good choice to pour over hot or cold cereal and to use in smoothies. Consumers with food sensitivities tend to tolerate rice milk better than other non-dairy options.
Lighter and sweeter than soymilk and also lower in fat, calories, and protein-almond milk is the winner of the calcium contest. A single cupful provides about 30 percent of your daily requirements.
It tastes terrific in smoothies, on cereal, and in creamy soup recipes.
Fiber- and calcium-rich oat milk has a pleasant, neutral flavor. Try it in pancake or waffle batter, or pour it over oatmeal.
Don’t confuse the beverage with the canned variety, sold refrigerated in cartons. Coconut milk can be used in smoothies, as a creamer in coffee, and in dessert recipes. Coconut milk is great in cooking and baking, and it’s often the preferred dairy-free milk substitute to drink straight from the glass.
Rich, nutty tasting hemp milk is an awesome source of omega-3 fatty acids. It also works as an anti-inflammatory and is easy to digest. Because of its creaminess, it’s great in coffee.