It was only a couple of years ago that if you were lactose or dairy intolerant, soy or rice milk were your only options. All well and good if you actually liked them but with such a distinctive taste and weird texture, I always thought they were terrible in cereal, tea or coffee. Now, even small convenience stores at least have almond milk available and larger stores, a plethora of oat, hazelnut and coconut milks as well.
I started trying nut milks in smoothies and protein shakes to add some more nutrients and a different texture. If I have one of these drinks for breakfast, I want something that’s going to keep me full and not make me bloated like dairy can. Nut milks are also fantastic in baking, desserts and cocktails (particularly coconut milk in the latter) and I love an almond milk chai latte.
I still drink dairy as I’m not intolerant, but I much prefer nut milks for a more luxurious depth of flavour and better nutrient profile: tons of calcium and vitamins B2, 12, d and E and no added preservatives, artificial flavouring, colours, lactose or animal fat. Great for those who like to eat clean, vegans, or anyone looking to increase the nutritional value of their food. Alpro come out on top for their broad range of milks, both original and unsweetened. Rude Health also have an amazing oat and almond drink, which almost tastes like a milkshake in itself.
Don’t pass up nut milks – whether you can tolerate dairy or not – they’ll fit right into your routine and are a great change from the norm, particularly at breakfast time.