Alternatives to Milk
If you are planning to take dairy products out of your diet,there are alternatives such as soy,rice or almond milk which are very good replacements.These substitues for regular cows milk are all from natural ingredients and do not produce methane and manure... two detriments to our enviornment. Along with organic cows milk these alternatives allow humans from having to drink products that come from animals that have been injested with growth hormones that boost milk production. Of course everyone has a choice to to what they think is best for there situation.I grew up on cows milk because in the 50"s and 60"s the choice's just weren't there and I turned out pretty healthy but since those days our choices have grown and if it good for you then great go for it....I did!!!
Difference in Taste and Uses
Soy,rice and almond milk all have a sweeter taste than regular milk and are great for cooking. They are very good in foods such as waffles,muffins,breads and pancake batters. Even though it works well in these foods it does not substitute well in mashed potatoes and cream sauces. Also the unsweetened soy milk works better in dishes with a saltier taste. The protein content in soy and almond are right up there with dairy with rice trailing behind a bit. Vital nutrients not present in alternatives are added such as calcium,Vitamin D,riboflavin and B12
All the milk products that I have mentioned do not all taste the same so if you want to give them a try I would suggests that you check out some different brands and who knows you may get hooked.
Availability of milk alternatives was once restricted to health food stores and that's still where you get the largest variety, but most grocery stores/supermarkets do carry these products especially soy milk
Blueberry Breakfast Shake
- 2 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 1/4 cups apple juice
- 1 cup frozen yogurt -- vanilla
- 1/4 cup of fresh soy miilk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions are real easy. Just throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away.