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Mooove Over Milk, What You Should Be Drinking

Updated on August 30, 2012

Dairy milk is not your only option any more. There are several over nutrient-rich, dairy-free drinks that are made from other sources, such as plants. Mixing in these drinks can add flavor to recipes, provide you with many vital nutrients, and add variety to your diet.

1. Soy Milk - One of the first varieties to milk, soy milk has a sweet flavor and thick, creamy texture. It’s packed with protein, magnesium and vitamin D. Since soy comes from the soybean, it does not have any cholesterol and low in saturated fats. Avoid brands that add in extra sugars. Best used in sauces, soups and cereals. Click here for a Pumpkin Pie that uses soymilk. Per 8 oz. 60 calories; 2 g fat; 5 g sugar; 6 g protein

2. Hazelnut – Much different than dairy milk, hazelnut has a much more roasted flavor and smooth texture. Hazelnuts have a lot of healthy fats and are rich in protein, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium. Add hazelnut milk into your coffee, tea or with a little cocoa powder for some chocolate milk. Per 8 oz, 110 calories; 3.5 g fat; 14 g sugar; 8 g protein

3. Hemp – Hemp seeds come from a plant known as cannabis sativa. Hemp seeds can be consumed whole, ground up or pureed into milk. Incorporating hemp milk into your diet is an excellent way to increase your intake of fatty acids, iron, protein and other vital nutrients. Hemp milk has a slightly grassy and nutty flavor so it’s best used in baking and cooking. It’s a great substitute in any recipe that calls for milk. Per 8 oz. 60 calories; 5 g fat; 0 g sugar

4. Almond – My personal favorite milk, almond milk is sweet and provides ample amount of vitamin E, flavonoids, and calcium. The slightly nutty flavor tastes great in baking, in your coffee or cereal, or just plain. Click here for a delicious waffle recipe that uses almond milk. Per 8 oz 60 calories; 2.5 g fat; 7 g sugar

5. Rice – Created by pressing brown rice through a mill stream, rice milk is not naturally full of vitamins or calcium, so choose a brand that says fortified. Rice milk is a good choice for those whoa are lactose intolerant or who are vegetarian. The mildly sweet flavor is good for just about anything you would use milk for. Per 8 oz. 45 calories; 2 g fat; 0 g suaar


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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Interesting alternatives. I've never tried hemp before. Sounds intriguing. But I'm a big fan of soy milk.

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      KerryAnita 5 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      Great Hub, I'm a big fan of Vanilla Soy Milk!

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      Jami Johnson 5 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      I love this. My family does not like cows milk.

      We LOVE unsweetened Almond milk (and it's non-GMO).

      Useful hub. Voted up.