Milk Comparison, Is Non-Dairy Milk the New Dairy Milk?
DL ON MILK
Non-dairy milk is made from different grains and nuts. The most common kinds are soy, almond, pea, rice, and oat milk. Dairy free is definitely making its way to the top of the trend chart. Which is creating a new buzz around making milk out of anything and everything. I mean why not. Non-dairy milk can vary in nutrient composition depending on what it’s made of. For example, if a milk was made of walnuts it would have a higher fat content than almond or cashew. This is simply due to the fact that walnuts are rich in Omega-3s. The most common debate between dairy and non-dairy is related to vitamins and minerals. Dairy is promoted because of the bone-building mineral calcium, but there’s more than meets the eye.
PLANT MILK NUTRITION
Dairy isn’t the only food that has nutrients that benefit bone health. The nutrients calcium, vitamin D, and protein are all found in various different sources. Calcium, which is specific to bone health, is in many other foods including kale, broccoli, bok choy, tofu, soymilk, etc. Non-dairy has a similar taste to dairy milk when used in baked goods like cookies.
Below is a comparison of 2% and Ripple Pea milk. *not sponsored really just my favorite. This compares an 8oz serving.
Pea milk has the same amount of protein and has MORE calcium than 2% dairy. Other non-dairy milk may be lower in nutrients, but Ripple is a great option for substituting. This not only is a great choice for my vegan friends but those who have issues tolerating dairy products too.
Nutrition Tip: pick unsweetened, Sweetened often has added sugar!
MAKING NUT MILK
Basically to make nondairy milk water + nuts or grains & blend them together. First thing, you NEED a nut bag, NEED. If you use a nut bag to start with it will give you a more storebought texture. Using a nutbag helps adjust to making it at home with pulp. Slowly start incorporating pulp as you get used to it. Call me crazy, but I like a little pulp in smoothies because of the nutrients & it cuts back on food waste. I recently learned there are many different items you can make with the leftovers too.