Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

Good morning and happy Saturday!

I had a venting paragraph typed out with all the negative things that happened yesterday and how ready I was for the day to be over.  Then I thought about how silly it was that I was focusing on all the bad rather than forgetting it and moving.   It’s a new, beautiful day and I have so much to be grateful for!

So, moving on 🙂   The other day a lot of you commented on how much you were looking forward to my breakfast scramble recipe so I didn’t want to make you wait any longer!

Apple Pie Scramble

Apple Pie Scramble

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. Apple Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil in a pan.
  2. Add chopped apples and cook until lightly softened.
  3. Add in mashed banana, spinach and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes stirring often.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, egg white, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and coconut milk.
  5. Add egg mixture into the pan and continue cooking until eggs are completely cooked.
  6. This tends to look a little watery from the apples but it still tastes good!
  7. Top with your choice of nut butter or nothing at all 🙂
  8. Enjoy!
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I topped mine with some of Justin’s Almond Butter, and it was so good!

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Now, today I wanted to talk about some non-dairy milk options.   I’ve never been a huge milk fan.  We drank it growing up and by the time I got to high school I had switched to fat-free milk (which lets be honest, is water with a splash of milk) and couldnt’ stand the taste of whole milk.  I still can’t stand it and actually cringe when my husband drinks milk straight from the container finishing it off with a big, “ahhh…”  Grosses me out for some reason!

Anyway, I grew out of my fat-free milk phase when soy milk started to gain in popularity.  Remember how a few years back it was all the rage?  I jumped on that bandwagon and enjoyed it in my smoothies, bought the soy coffee creamer, had soy lattes from Starbucks, drank the soy chocolate milk (hello sugar overload!) and even enjoyed the Soy Eggnog at Christmas time.  the more soy I drank, the more I noticed my stomach hurting.  On days I would have a soy latte, soy milk in my smoothie, and maybe some tofu for lunch or dinner, my stomach would kill me!  A little here and there didn’t bother me too much but it took cutting it out completely to realize what had been a major culprit in my digestive health.  So, no soy, no dairy, what was I to put in my coffee or smoothies?  Well, the options are really quite endless aren’t they?  With so many different non dairy options on the market today,  it can be difficult to choose which one is best for you.  To help you out a little, I put together a list with the best and worst non dairy options out there.

Worst – Soy Milk

Are you surprised?  Soy is a horrible option for anyone suffering from any gastrointestinal conditions because it has a high amount of a specific carbohydrate that is very difficult for the body to break down.  This causes stomach discomfort, bloating and gas in many people.  A particular compound called isoflavones is found in soy and is shown to mimic the hormone estrogen in the body.  Excessive isoflavones in men can lead to many issues including sexual dysfunction and who wants that!?!  It’s also typically heavily processed and overloaded with sugar to mask the bitter flavor.  Not only that but 91% of Soy beans on the market are Genetically Modified so chances are, so is your soy milk!

* If you purchase a good one to buy is Whole Foods Brand 365 Organic Soy Milk

Better but not great – Rice Milk

Rice milk is high in starches and sugars and very low in protein and fat which is not a great choice especially for diabetics.  Along with it being highly fortified rice milk has the chance of containing worrisome levels of arsenic.

* Organic Rice Dream and Wegmans Organic are both good options for rice milk

Getting better – Almond Milk

This creamy, nutty beverage is one of my favorites!  It’s typically low in calories and includes many micronutrients that are essential for your health.  Unfortunately, it contains a high amount of omega-6 which when consumed too much could result in inflammation.  Also, be wary if you have nut allergies when consuming almond milk.

*  Homemade – check out this recipe

*  Whole Foods Everyday 365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk  or Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk

Almost there – Hemp Milk

Yes, hemp milk is made from the cannabis seed (the same as marijuana) but it has absolutely none of the drugs psychoactive side effects.  This is the perfect alternative for those with soy, lactose and nut allergies.  It contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is an excellent source of magnesium.  Be wary of additional ingredients as it can be overloaded with sugar and thickening agents.

*  Living Harvest Tempt Unsweetened Creamy Non-Dairy Vanilla

Finally the best – Coconut Milk!

I was thrilled to learn that coconut milk tops the list since it’s my go to non dairy beverage of choice lately.  Personally I love pouring a little in my coffee as it adds a light, creamy, coconut flavor.  Not only does it taste pretty good, but it’s amazing for your health.  Coconut milk boosts the immune system, is great for diabetics, and is a wonderful healthy fat.  Just like with hemp milk, be wary of those that add sweeteners and thickening agents!

* Natural Value Organic Coconut Milk (BPA Free Can!)

* Trader Joes Light Coconut Milk (BPA Free Can and my favorite!)

Hope that helps you in your decision with choosing a non-dairy milk.  If you stick to regular milk, less for you to think about 🙂

QUESTIONS –

  • Do you drink milk or a non-dairy substitute? 
  • If so, which one? 
  • Have you ever tried making your own nut milk?

*Most the information found in this post was taken from the wonderful book, Rich Food Poor Food written by Jason and Mira Calton. 

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Comments

  1. “Not only that but 91% of Soy beans on the market are Genetically Modified so chances are, so is your soy milk!” I drink Silk and they have a Non-GMO sticker on them, and I’m sure I can look this up, but do you know the amount of GMO soybeans that are still allowed in these milks, even under the Non-GMO label?

    I drink soy milk, but I actually prefer coconut milk, I just can’t find it in my grocery store anymore!

  2. I almost always buy almond milk. I used to use soy but quit because I like the tast of almond better. I didn’t know soy was hard on the digestive system, another reason I should stay away! I love coconut milk but only usually get it as a special treat, I may have to start getting it more often. Yes, I am so excited to see the breakfast scramble recipe!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I love almond milk too but noticed a difference when I cut back a little. I think with the almond butter, raw almonds and almond milk I was consuming I was getting an overload! I do still enjoy it from time to time. Yes, Coconut milk is so good for you! I don’t drink it by itself but it’s amazing in coffee or smoothies 🙂

  3. Thank you for this post! I have been doing a lot of research on dairy milk because I can’t understand why it’s supposed to be so bad for you…I LOVE almond milk but I’ve never tried coconut milk, so I’ll have to give it a whirl 🙂

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I’m glad you found it helpful! I don’t necessarily think all dairy milk is bad for you. I think it effects everyone differently and I’m one of the lucky ones that it effects negatively. I would say, from what I’ve read, if you are going to drink milk that choosing an organic (if possible grass-fed) milk is going to be best. That way your not exposed to the added chemicals, hormones and antibiotics that the conventional milk has.

  4. The apple pie scramble sounds delicious!
    And, thanks for posting this. I used to obsessed with drinking soy milk. It’s usually for those that are lactose intolerant. But then, I heard about almond milk and I’m now obsessed with that. I have tried coconut milk but it’s not my favorite. I like it when it’s used in desserts though.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      It is so good! I definitely recommend trying it 🙂 Have you tried canned coconut milk? I think it’s so much better than the boxed. Although I don’t drink it plain but add it to my coffee or smoothies and love it!

  5. I truly believe waking up every morning is a gift – I am always so thankful, EVEN IF I feel dog-tired!

    I don’t drink milk of any kind but if I have to recommend milk to anyone I always say unsweetened almond or coocnut milk! Healthiest for sure!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I agree, definitely a gift! Sometimes I just have to remind myself of that 🙂

  6. YUM! That looks so good! And honestly I’m not sure I’d think of doing egg + apple but it sounds so good!

  7. I’m a fan of almond milk. I’ve never tried hemp milk, but would like to. And I’ve never developed a taste for coconut milk, unfortunately. Maybe I should keep trying. Very cool to know the TJ’s light coconut milk cans are BPA free, though!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I haven’t tried Hemp Milk yet either but have heard it’s some what watery tasting. I’ll still give it a go though and see how I like it. I’m sure I will since I love hemp seeds!

  8. I pretty much only ever buy almond milk. I love unsweetened vanilla almond milk for my cereal, and original unsweetened almond milk for cooking. Recently, I discovered coconut flavored vanilla almond milk. Um, amazing!!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I do like the coconut almond milk blend. Very good! I want to try to make my own someday soon.

  9. I’ve never been able to have milk (allergy since a child) and I never liked soy milk. I LOVE almond milk. I like hemp milk pretty well. I also love canned coconut milk, but the refrigerated carton of coconut milk I can’t do.

  10. I think it’s so beautiful that you decided to turn a negative post into a positive one, and just let go of what happened & focus on the present. I think that’s so important in life. I mean really, what’s the point of reliving negatives when you can be happy & look forward instead? 🙂 🙂

  11. I love this post! I’m actually having a hard time getting my 14 month old to drink any kind of milk. Granted he is still nursing whenever he chooses, so I’m not sure if that has something to do with it. I recently bought coconut milk and coconut milk cream and I’m HOOKED! It taste SOO creamy!

  12. I went gluten and dairy free in February to see if there would be a difference (there wasn’t and I’m back to eating normally). I love milk and it was hard to give up. I gave almond milk a try and found that I really, really like it! I also LOVED coconut milk. So now I buy both of those exclusively (trader joe’s usually) and don’t buy cow’s milk anymore, even though I’m not dairy-free.

  13. Mmmm, that apple pie scramble sounds fantastic!!

    I’m an almond milk girl through and through! I tried just about every non-dairy milk there is after I realized I had developed a bit of lactose intolerance a couple of years ago. I swear rice milk is the worst! I don’t even understand where they get the idea to sell it as “milk” since it is FAR from it…more like cloudy water! Lol

    I’ve made my own almond milk before. Wasn’t bad, but at the time I didn’t have a blender and tried making it in my food processor….yeah, that was a bit of a mess! :-/

  14. I freakin LOVE coconut milk in my coffee. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Trader Joe’s light coconut in the can is only 99 cents! Plus the cans are BPA free!