Non-Dairy Delights – 5 Alternatives to Traditional Cow’s Milk That Actually Taste Good

Are you curious about milk options beyond the full-cream and a2 milk benefits you regularly enjoy? Would you like to include some non-dairy delights in your life that actually taste as good as dairy milk? We’re here to help! Check out these five alternatives to traditional cows milk that actually taste good: 

  1. Soya Milk

Soya milk is made of oil, water, and the remaining protein from ground, boiled, and sieved soybeans. It’s one of the most popular non-dairy milk alternatives because it has a creamy texture and a plain flavor (especially unsweetened kinds), so it works well with cereal, in tea, in baking, and as a base for sauces. In addition, it packs quite a protein punch, with an average of seven grams of protein per cup of soya milk. 

If you are switching to non-dairy primarily for health reasons, you’ll also appreciate the fact that a diet rich in soy has been shown to help protect heart health, reduce bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and more. 

  1. Oat Milk

Oat milk is a favorite amongst non-dairy drinkers who can tolerate gluten because it is so creamy and thick. It is especially popular amongst baristas because you can foam it right up for an epic dairy-free cappuccino. 

It is, however, higher in calories than other non-dairy milk options, coming in at around 130 calories per cup (still much less than whole dairy milk). Oat milk will give you riboflavin and B2 as well as any vitamins and minerals the manufacturer has added to the drink. 

  1. Almond Milk

Almond milk is a highly popular plant-based milk amongst the 41 percent of US households now buying non-dairy milk regularly. Compared to one cup of whole milk at around 260 calories a cup, almond milk sits at just 30 calories for that same portion. While it is not as high in protein as other non-dairy options, fortified almond milk is an excellent choice for those who are looking to reach a healthy weight. 

  1. Hazelnut Milk

If you love drinking a tall glass of plain milk, hazelnut milk may be the dairy-free option for you. In addition to its creamy, nutty flavor, hazelnut milk also has a ton of health benefits including: 

  • Antioxidants 
  • Minerals like magnesium and copper 
  • An abundance of vitamin E
  • Boosts good cholesterol and reduces bad cholesterol
  • Improves blood sugar levels 
  • Is linked with anti-cancer properties 
  • Could reduce inflammation

The above benefits are attributed to hazelnuts themselves so it is important to buy milk that is made with lots of hazelnuts (not filler) so that you get the maximum benefits. 

  1. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a blend of coconut flesh and water, creating a yummy, creamy, non-dairy milk that has the same indulgent feel as full-cream dairy milk. It is high in fat, but there is also evidence that the type of fat within coconut milk can benefit weight loss. So, in this case, it seems the fat content isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The high fat within coconut milk also makes it a good choice for whole dairy milk drinkers because it will be far more satisfying than something like almond milk. 

Which Non-Dairy Delight Will You Try First? 

There are so many options available to try if you want to move away from dairy. Though the options above are excellent, you can also try cashew milk, hemp milk, and even pea milk – there truly is a dairy-free option for everyone. 

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