One of the first things I did when I transitioned to veganism was set out to find a milk substitute that would suit me.
The product I bought and used for probably the first year of being vegan is something I never buy now. It was a great transition food because it didn't taste all that different when I used it in my cereal.
The product was Silk Vanilla Soymilk. I used it ONLY in my cereal, because I didn't like it simply by itself. Eventually I started using it when baking.
About a year into being vegan I decided I need to branch out. To find more non-dairy alternatives for drinking, baking and smoothie making.
Hey that rhymes!
OK, I'm done.
Anyway, these are the three "milk" alternatives I've settled on: Almond Milk (I usually get unsweetened, but I accidentally grabbed the wrong one), Coconut Milk and Hemp milk.
Below are the reasons why I like these and what is so great about them.
This was the first drink I tried after leaving soymilk. What I love about it is that it has tons of calcium (yeah!) and isn't as heavy as milk. When I did drink milk I was a 1-percenter. (not rich, just sans heavy milk) I liked very skim milk. This kind of reminds me of that. These days I use it in smoothies, for baking and in hot chocolate.
This was the second drink I tried. Actually I tried it for the first time after receiving it in the mail during the Vegan Food Swap. This milk is thicker than others. At first I wasn't a total fan, but now I've discovered that it is perfect when you need that thick, sweet texture. I use it for dessert smoothies and even homemade lattes. It's also a good source of Vitamin D and B12.
This is the most recent milk I've been drinking lately. I wasn't in the market for a new drink, but when I started to read the box it intrigued me. Let me start off by saying that hemp milk is NOT marijuana. It is simply made from hemp seed. It contains Omega-3 and Omega 6. You know, the good fats we need. It also has tons of magnesium and iron. Win, win! I use it in my cereal mostly, but it also great by itself with some cookies. Yum!
So this is what you'll find in my fridge.
How about you?
What kind of "milk" do you prefer?