Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
I’m on a (very slow) journey to cutting dairy out of my life. It’s been around 4 years since I exclusively stopped dirnking cow’s milk and started incorporating milk alternatives and I’ve pretty much tried them all.
The sunnah praises milk and it’s amazing health benefits but I’ve come to realise that the milk Rasulullah (saw) was praising was not the factory produced, puss filled, hormone pumped mess that we know today.Tired of drinking animal milk? Find out about my favourite milk/ mylk alternatives.
So here are some of my favourite milk alternatives for you to check out!
- High in good fatty acids
- Source of vitamin E for skin health
- Low in calories
There was a time when almond milk was quite expensive with prices sometimes as high as £2.25 per carton but with it’s increasing popularity, it can be found in most supermarkets for around £1. There are variations in quality when it comes to almond milk but I’ve found that Rude Health is the best on the market that I’ve tried so far.
Great in: tea/ coffee/ smoothies/ just the way it is.
- Can reduce cardiovascular disease
- Impressive source of monounsaturated fats
- Contains minerals such as copper which helps the body make red blood cells and magnesium which regulates muscle and nerve function
I was so surprised when I tried hazlenut milk for the first time. I was convinced I was drinking healthy liquid Nutella! Thanks to Alpro, hazlenut milk is just as available as almond milk nowadays.
Great in: cereal for the that chocolately taste
- Contains lauric acid – a medium chain fatty acid that is easily absorbed into the body
- Rich in fibre
- A source of potassium which maintains kidney, heart, brain and muscle tissues
We should all be familiar with the benefits of coconut and how versatile it can be as an ingredient. But forget about the thick coconut milk you put in your curries, coconut milk as a milk alternative is a lot thinner and easier to pour.
I’m not a giant fan of the taste but I will make my own occassionally.
Great in: smoothies
- Can help to reduce cholesterol levels
- High in protein
- High in iron
This was a recent discovery for me and one that has fast become my favourite out of all the milk alternatives. It’s becoming more readily available in supermarkets with my favourites being Provitamil, Rude Health and Provitamil but due to the excellent price of organic rolled, it’s easily made at home for the fraction of the price of the shop bought stuff.
I love the creamy texture and it tastes great in EVERYTHING.
Great in: EVERYTHING, just be careful when heating it as it may thicken up
All of these milks can easily be made at home with a simple blender (no need for a fancy Vitamix or Blentec) and wire strainer. I love the glass bottles with stoppers from IKEA as they help to reduce waste (post on zero waste coming soon).
What’s your favourite milk alternative? Leave a comment below.