The vegan lifestyle is becoming increasingly more popular, and for good reason. Plant-based eating has been proven to be better for us, better for the environment, and better for the animals that would otherwise have had to withstand terrible conditions to produce the dairy milk we drink.
One of the easiest swaps one can do when transitioning to veganism is swapping out regular milk for a plant-based alternative. There are dozens of different milk substitutes on the market today, and they all have their own pros and cons. Here is our guide to help you choose your perfect vegan milk.
#1: Soy Milk
Soy milk is one of the most popular milk substitutes around, and also the original one. It is high in beneficial fats and protein, and comes in plenty of different flavours, brands and variations. Soy milk is also packed with potassium and phosphorus and numerous other vitamins and essential nutrients.
Our top tip is to choose an organic, non GMO variety as mainstream soy is one of the most pesticide-heavy and genetically modified crops on the planet.
#2: Almond Milk
Almond milk has a delicious almond flavour and a colour very similar to that of traditional milk. There are many different versions available in supermarkets, including vanilla and chocolate flavoured options.
Almond milk is low in calories and does not offer much protein, but is full of magnesium, selenium, vitamin E and manganese. It can also easily be made at home using almonds, water and a dash of sea salt. It’s so easy that you can even play entertaining games online while you make it!
#3: Rice Milk
Rice milk is great for those who are allergic to nuts or soy. It is made by blending rice grains and water, and has a light texture and a sweeter taste than most other plant milks. Gluten free variations are also available for those with gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease.
#4: Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is a watered-down version of classic tinned coconut milk, which is often used in Asian recipes. This milk substitute is made by squeezing the liquid from fresh coconut meat, making it healthy and natural in one go.
It is high in saturated fat, but also offers short- and medium-chain fatty acids that boost your energy levels. Coconuts also contain lauric acid, which is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory molecule that can help keep you in excellent shape.
#5: Oat Milk
Oat milk is the latest addition to the plant milk family, and is set to become a trendy health food in 2020. It is on the thicker side, which makes it ideal for cooking and baking. You can also make your own simply by blending raw oats, water and a touch of sweetener, then straining through a fine cheese cloth.
#6: Hemp Milk
Hemp milk is another thick plant-based milk made from hemp seeds. It does not contain any THC, but does offer omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, calcium, and tons of complete protein. These qualities make hemp milk awesome for your heart, brain, hair, skin, nails and immunity!