As a girl who has been allergic to dairy all of her life, I have been awaiting the time that non-dairy milks beyond soy milk hit the market (although soy milk is still amazing). There has never been a better time than now to be allergic or just avoid dairy because there are so many yummy and healthy alternatives.

Almond Milk: This milk is lower in calories than soy milk, so it’s a great option for people trying to cut their calories or avoid soy, and it is delicious when added to iced coffee. I love unsweetened almond milk and it only has about 30 calories per cup. Although it is lacking in protein (about 1 gram), it contains more fiber than regular milk.

Oat Milk: Although this is just hitting stores and becoming more mainstream, it is my new favorite! Oat milk is great in hot coffee because it won’t separate like almond milk sometimes does. Oat milk has lots of protein and fiber while also containing phytochemicals, which are antioxidants that help to fight cancer. The only issue with oat milk is that if you are gluten-free or celiac, it will not work for you since oats are grown in the same field as wheat and can come in contact with it.

Coconut Milk: With only 80 calories per cup, coconut milk is rich, creamy, and delicious. I love to bake with it, put it in my oatmeal for a slight coconut flavor, or add it to a tropical smoothie!

Hazelnut Milk: A new favorite of mine, this milk has a creamy and rich consistency. I have been told that it is very similar to regular milk, and if you drink it plain, you can taste a hint of hazelnut. Personally, I love the chocolate hazelnut milk from the brand Elmhurst because it is almost like eating Nutella, just healthier!

Every type of non-dairy milk has its positives and negatives, so I suggest buying a bunch of different types and using them for different things! In the end, the best option for you will be the type that has the nutrients you need while also satisfying your taste buds.

COVER PHOTO: Miranda Kramer

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