5 tasty vegan milks you'll want to try

Ashley's alternatives - part 1: milk

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Unless you’re an 85 pound baby cow, there’s no good reason for you to drink dairy milk. Every Mama in the mammalian kingdom produces milk designed specifically for their infant offspring. So why is ya' grown, human-behind drinking another animal's breast milk?

For the “calcium” and “protein”, you say? It’s time to debunk those myths. Dairy milk actually depletes bone calcium and animal proteins acidify the human body.  

As if that’s not bad enough, dairy milk causes acne, gas, bloating, acid reflux and mucous build up! It’s especially difficult to digest for black people of whom 75-90% are lactose intolerant.

Thankfully, there's a plethora of delicious, dairy-free milk alternatives derived from nuts, seeds, grains and even fruit! Many can be purchased at your local market or you can make them yourself for a more nutritious option. Check out this list of my 5 favorite vegan milks that are naturally alkaline and super simple to make!


1. coconut milk

  • Taste + Texture: Rich and Creamy
  • Food Category: Fruit
  • PH Level: Alkaline Forming
  • Nutritional Highlights: Medium Chain Fatty Acids, Lauric Acid, Potassium, Manganese, Dietary Fiber, Iron, Copper, Vitamin C
  • How To Make:
    • Blend - raw coconut water and fresh coconut meat
    • Add dates, agave or raw honey to sweeten
    • Flavor with vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • How to Store: Refrigerate in mason jar. Keeps 3-4 days 

2. hemp milk

  • Taste + Texture: Earthy + Light 
  • Food Category: Seed
  • PH Level: Alkaline Forming
  • Nutritional Highlights: Protein, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Fiber, Potassium
  • How to Make:
    • Blend - raw hemp seeds and distilled water
    • Add dates, agave or raw honey to sweeten
    • Flavor with vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • How to Store: Refrigerate in mason jar. Keeps 3-4 days

3. almond milk

  • Taste + Texture: Nutty + Smooth
  • Food Category: Nut
  • PH Level: Alkaline Forming
  • Nutritional Highlights: Protein, Calcium, Potassium, Fiber, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin A, D, and E 
  • How to make:
    • Soak raw almonds for 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
    • Blend - raw almonds and distilled water
    • Add dates, agave, or raw honey to sweeten
    • Flavor with vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • How to Store: Refrigerate in mason jar. Keeps 3-5 days 
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4. quinoa milk

  • Taste + Texture: Subtle + Silky
  • Food Category: Seed 
  • PH Level: Alkaline Forming
  • Nutritional Highlights: Complete Protein, Fiber, Manganese, Folate, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Potassium
  • How To Make:
    • Cook quinoa per package instructions
    • Blend - cooked quinoa and distilled water 
    • Add dates, agave, or raw honey to sweeten
    • Flavor with vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • How to Store: Refrigerate in mason jar. Keeps 5-7 days  

5. banana milk 

  • Taste + Texture: Sweet + Thick
  • Food Category: Fruit
  • PH Level: Alkaline Forming
  • Nutritional Highlights: Fiber, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Prebiotics 
  • How To Make:
    • Blend - ripe bananas and distlled water 
    • Flavor with vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • How to Store: Refrigerate in mason jar. Keeps 5-7 days  

9 more non-dairy milk alternatives

  1. Sunflower Seed Milk
  2. Cashew Milk
  3. Hazelnut Milk
  4. Pecan Milk
  5. Oat Milk
  6. Rice Milk
  7. Flaxseed Milk
  8. Pea Milk
  9. Soy Milk

There you have it! A whole list of yummy, nutritious, dairy-free milks that are quick and easy to make. Compared to store-bought brands, homemade milks are more nutrient dense and allow for flavor-flexibility and ingredient-transparency.

If you’re short on time or equipment, don’t fret. There are plenty of healthy store-bought options. Just be sure to avoid added sugar, carrageenan, artificial flavors and any mystery ingredients. Now go out there and get to milking!

I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment and let me know, which vegan milk is your favorite?

 

If it’s not yo’ momma...it’s not yo’ milk
— Unknown