When I first tried veganism as part of #veganuary, I didn’t expect that six weeks later I’d still be shouting about #plantpower. But much to my surprise and my partner (who regularly complains about the lack of cow’s milk when he makes his Saturday lattes), here I am, mid-February, still experimenting with vegan recipes. Why? To put it simply, I don’t think dairy and I have ever been friends. My body feels better now I’ve cut out the cow.
As for the thing I thought I’d miss (milk and yoghurt), I’ve discovered some cracking replacements mostly from Alpro whose website is full of inspiring recipes. Here are my top 3 alternatives to cow’s milk that provide just as much goodness as the real thing.
Naturally sweet and low in calories (I opt for the unsweetened variety which comes in at 13 calories per 100ml), this is my favourite out of the bunch, especially warm on granola (just try it). You can also add it to smoothies or shakes. The Alpro almond milk is a great source of calcium and vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant and great for the skin. It also contains vitamins B12, B2 and D. The only downside to almond milk is a lack of protein but you can get this from the food sources that you eat.
Some people are allergic to soya milk but thankfully I’m not one of them as this is the most usual alternative offered in coffee shops. It’s slightly sweeter than cow’s milk and you can definitely taste the difference. I like it and also find it reassuring that soya milk is a good match to cow in terms of protein and calcium. It’s also naturally low in saturated fat which is great news for anyone worried about their cholesterol and contains vitamins B12, B2 and D.
Coconut milk is a bit of a luxury for me but again it adds a touch of the “Bounty bar” to hot chocolate made with sweet freedom Choc Shot (give it a whirl yourself). It’s relatively low in calories (40kcal per 200ml) and contains vitamin B12, which helps to reduce fatigue.
Of course, all these alternatives to milk are pricier than their animal counterparts but they also contain fewer calories so can help with weight loss if that’s your goal.
Have you got a favourite alternative to cow’s milk? Let me know below.