Vegan Milk 101
You already know what’s wrong with drinking milk. You now know that cows produce milk only when they’re pregnant, so farmers artificially inseminate them continually and pump them full of antibiotics and hormones, forcing them to produce about four and a half times as much milk as they would naturally produce to feed their babies. Cows used for their milk are also routinely mutilated without painkillers and often suffer from mastitis—a painful inflammation of the udder.
So, what now? Well, now it’s time to kick dairy milk to the curb. We’re here to help make that transition as ridiculously easy as possible for you! There are so many cruelty-free and tasty nondairy milks on the market these days that you won’t even miss dairy milk once it’s gone and out of your life for good (where it belongs).
Ready for the basics? Ladies and gentlemen, we give you … Vegan Milk 101:
- Soy milk is arguably the most popular and easiest-to-find nondairy milk on the market. Made from soybeans, soy milk has just as much protein as dairy milk does and is a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Since a lot of grocery-store chains make their own store-brand versions now, soy milk can be very easy on your wallet! Recommended brands: Silk and Soy Dream.
- Almond milk is made from—you guessed it—almonds! This nondairy milk has a tasty nutty flavor, and it’s also great for vegans with soy allergies since it’s soy-free! Almonds are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, and calcium, so you really can’t go wrong with this one. You can even easily make your own almond milk right at home. How convenient is that?! Recommended brands: Silk Pure Almond, Almond Breeze, and So Delicious Almond Plus.
- Rice milk is a grain milk processed from rice. Since this milk is sweeter than soy and almond milk, we like to use rice milk for baking. Like almond milk, rice milk is also soy-free, and it’s also handy if you’ve got a tree-nut allergy. When fortified, this milk can be a great way to get calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D2. Recommended brand: Rice Dream.
- Hemp milk is made from hemp seeds and has a nutty taste like almond milk. Hemp milk is a great source of protein, and it’s also rich in all 10 essential amino acids, including omega-3 and omega-6! Like rice milk, hemp milk is great if you’ve got a soy or a tree-nut allergy, and it’s also great if you’re just looking for a tasty nondairy alternative. Recommended brand: Tempt.
- Coconut milk is made from the water that comes from the “meat” of a coconut. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, you may not be into coconut milk, but if you’re a big fan, you’re in for a treat. Coconut milk is also a great source of calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D! Recommended brand: So Delicious Coconut Milk.
See? We weren’t kidding. So many options!
Which nondairy milk is your favorite? Leave a comment, and let us know!