Back in the 1980s when we cut out dairy from our diet, there weren’t a lot of alternatives.  Today there are so many alternatives, people are often confused as to what to use.  Last year alternatives to dairy milk beverages jumped to $1.33 billion!

Today you can find soy, rice almond, oat, coconut, hazelnut, hemp and even flax milks.  For example, almond milk is high in vitamin e, magnesium and potassium. You can purchase these alternative milks or even make them yourself.

How do the alternative milks compare:

                       Calories                    Total Fat                  Protein          Calcium(% daily Value)

Flax                  50                              3.5 gr                          0 gr                 30%

Soy*                 90                              3.5 gr                          6 gr                 45%

Almond           60                              2.5 gr                          1 gr                 45%

Rice                 120                             2.5 gr                          1 gr                 30%

Coconut          80                               5 gr                             1 gr                 45% 

*  Soy has a high amount of protein, but due to the isoflavins found in full-spectrum soy (estrogen promoting properties), I don’t recommend the soy.

You can purchase alternative milk products in health food stores, grocery stores and some you can make on your own.

To make almond milk:

Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight

Blend in blender with 3 cups of filtered water until smooth.

Strain.  If desired add a pinch of sea salt, vanilla and or a low-glycemic sweetener

Since dairy can lead to excess mucus in the body and since many people are lactose intolerant – – – how about a different glass of ‘milk’ in your favorite recipe, shake or recipe?