Outside the Box: Vegan Milk Choices

MILK CHOICESOrganic Dairy and Non Dairy

Cow Milk is rich in Vitamin D, Vitamin K, calcium and proteins. Cow’s milk is high in iodine and can help prevent gout and improves thyroid function. The presence of calcium in Cow’s milk strengthens bones and potassium and helps to regulate blood pressure.

That said, nutritionists recommend including one or two of varieties of milk daily for a balanced diet. Consuming only cow milk is unbalanced and I personally believe that we aren’t meant to cross-species-nurse at all, and certainly not originally built to drink milk all of our life. But I am allergic to milk so that fact is absolutely true for me.

Here are some brief descriptions of the other (vegan) milks available for your consideration:

Dairy Free Coconut Milk contains more calcium than traditional cow milk and is an excellent source of Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E and Vitamin C . It is high in mineral content including: selenium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and a balance of potassium and sodium.  Rich in fiber and proteins coconut milk boosts the immune system and prevents gall bladder stones, prevents liver disorder, improves digestion, prevents inflammation, prevents skin disorders and helps for weight loss.

Blending coconut milk with tropical fruit creates treats for the whole crowd.

Blending coconut milk with tropical fruit creates treats for the whole crowd.

Soy Milk is also a good choice for vegans as well as people intolerant to dairy and it is a good food source of probiotics. It does contain plant-based estrogen, which I consider a bonus for women as it can help prevent postmenopausal disorders. Soymilk consists of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, essential minerals, fiber, proteins, and vitamins, which raises HDL cholesterol and helps to lose weight. Soymilk strengthens blood vessels, prevents osteoporosis, and prevents cancer of prostate.

I’ve made Oat Milk by soaking gluten-free  milled oat cereal overnight in 3 times the amount of water, the results were delicious, a little sweet and elevated with a sprinkle of cinnamon on the top.

Oat Milk is easy to make overnight or through the coarse of the day.

Oat Milk is easy to make overnight or through the coarse of the day.

Almond Milk is great alternative for vegans or soy sensitive people like coconut milk and it is rich in monounsaturated fats, copper, manganese, magnesium, Vitamin E, riboflavin and is lower in calories than cow’s milk. Almond milk works well in baking and can be a great energy source and helpful in reducing heart and cardiovascular disorders.

Rice Milk is a great choice for people who have sensitivity to nuts. Rice milk is prepared with milled rice and water. Rice milk contains carbohydrates, zero saturated fats, zero cholesterol, and zero proteins. Rice milk does not produce any allergic symptoms. My favorite rice milk is called Horchata, it’s a traditional Mexican drink, I know it contains sugar and I mix powdered mixes with store bought vanilla rice or soy milk.

Horchata - Mexican drink made with rice milk.

This is a delicious drink that is quite popular in Mexico, Horchata is made with rice milk and can be served with chopped pistachios and pomegranate seeds as garnish.

Cardamom is enriched with potassium, riboflavin, Vitamin C, niacin, calcium, and magnesium. Cardamom has carminative (a nice way to say relieves gas), antiseptic, stimulant, diuretic (eliminates water weight, which is high with allergies), expectorant (relieves coughing) and digestive properties.

Cardamom is great added to any of the heated alternative milk choices in place of coffee, tea or chocolate milk. Let me think about this for a minuet; is anything better than Chocolate Milk? Coconut milk and almond milk make great chocolate milk. I’ll leave it at that.

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