Milk Alternatives

By Anjali Nayak

When I started eating vegan, the grocery store shelves were overwhelming—with so many choices, where do I start? Whether you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or just interested in switching up your milk routine, it may be scary to try a new milk alternative. Check out these three common milk alternatives. 

Soy Milk 

The most popular milk alternative, soy milk most closely resembles cow’s milk. The largest soy milk company is Silk Milk. Soy Milk is fortified with calcium and Vitamin D and comes in a variety of flavors. 

Almond Milk 

Made from simple water and ground almonds, almond milk is a great dairy alternative when you are looking to cut calories. Almond milk is also creamier and thicker than other alternatives since its calories are coming from healthy unsaturated fats. However, there are a few downsides to almond milk. For one, it contains very little protein – just 1 gram a cup! Furthermore, almond milk is not the best for the environment, due to the massive amount of water needed to grow almonds. 

Oat Milk 

Having the best effect on the environment, as well as being an extremely healthy variation of milk, oat milk is my personal favorite milk alternative. Perfect for a foamy alternative to milk, oat milk is perfect for making coffee, tea, smoothies, or any other drinks. Oat milk is also the best milk alternative to cook with.