Non-dairy products are becoming more and more popular. This is thanks to the efforts of people who are shining a light onto the cruel practices of the dairy farming industry.
People are now searching for a kinder way of consuming milk, one that does not involve treating animals with such brutality. But this is not just the only reason why we all should be drinking more non-dairy products.
Dairy herds consume far more water and take up much more land to produce milk, whereas the production of plant-based milks take up relatively little in comparison.
And you might be surprised to learn that the drinking of plant-based milks has risen by a whopping 155% in the UK alone.
With this in mind, we are going to examine the different kinds of non-dairy milks and what they are best used for.
Almond milk is produced by mixing almonds, which have been ground up, with water. As you would expect, the milk has a rich, nutty flavour and quite a thick texture.
It is high in vitamins, calcium and minerals but low in fat, sugar and calories.
It is best used in drinks such as coffees or hot chocolates. You can also use it in smoothies instead of dairy milk or yoghurt.
Made from Californian almonds, dairy-free and lactose-free drink that is a good source of calcium.
You get coconut milk by soaking the coconut in hot water until the cream rises to the top. This is then skimmed off and used for coconut cream and the milk left behind is the coconut milk.
Coconut milk does contain high amounts of saturated fat so it is best used in moderation. It is full of vitamins, including C, B1 and B6 but low in sugar.
You can use coconut milk in curries but as it is quite sweet tasting it is also a good ingredient for desserts and cakes.
Enriched with calcium, Koko Dairy Free milk is 100% dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, nut free, rice free, soya free, and cholesterol free.
Hazelnut milk is made by soaking hazelnuts in water and then blending the soaked nuts once they are soft enough.
This milk is high in vitamins B and E and contains folic acid and omega 3 fatty acids. It does contain a high level of calories, so use sparingly.
Because it has quite a specific nutty flavour, this milk is best used in coffees, in fact, many coffee houses are switching to hazelnut milk as it has a better heating and foaming property than dairy milk.
Dairy-free and gluten-free drink made from natural spring water and using organic Italian hazelnuts to make a delicious drink that can be used to substitute wherever you use milk.
Not heard of hemp milk? Neither had we until we started researching this article! Hemp milk is made by combining raw hemp seeds and water and blitzing in a blender until you get a smooth milk. Some people add sweeteners such as vanilla extract to sweeten the milk.
The seeds of the hemp plant, despite being a relative of the cannabis plant, do not contain any of the psychoactive chemicals. Instead they contain tons of omega 3 acids, nine essential amino acids and omega-6 fatty acids.
This is the one non-dairy milk that tastes really good in tea.
A healthy plant-based alternative to cow’s milk. Hemp milk is and lactose free, tastes delicious and can be used in tea, coffee, shakes, cereal or on its own as a refreshing drink.
Oat milk is made by soaking hulled oats in water. The mixture is then blended and sieved to extract just the milk.
Highly calorific, this milk contains beta-glucan which can lower blood cholesterol levels. It also is packed with iron, which is really good for vegetarians and vegans.
This milk can be used as a substitute for any recipe where milk or cream is required, and it tastes good in coffee and tea but is particularly good in porridge.
Enriched with calcium and natural fibre, use in cereals or porridge or drink on its own.
Rice milk is made from cooking brown or white rice and then blending it with water until you get a smooth, runny consistency.
Rice milk is low in fat and rich in carbohydrates and has a sweet taste.
You can use rice milk as a base for sauces or in drinks as it has a naturally bland taste
Non-dairy milk drink that is an alternative to cow’s milk and contains added calcium. Use on its own or in place of milk.
Soya milk is made by soaking soya beans overnight to soften them and to get rid of any toxins. They are then rinsed and put into a blender with fresh water and blitzed to make soya milk.
Soya milk contains a lot of protein which is ideal for vegans and vegetarians and around half the fat of cow’s milk.
It goes well with coffee-based drinks because of its creamy texture.
Enriched with added with added calcium, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D, this is an alternative non-dairy drink.