Alternatives to Milk

Alternatives to Milk

by Posted on: March 10, 2014Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

Whether you’re looking for a solution to lactose intolerance, fretting over the carbon footprint of big dairy farming or just want a little variety, you’re in luck–the options in the faux milk section seem to grow daily. But with confusing terminology adorning the cartons and popular misconceptions about some products’ health benefits, choosing the milk alternative that’s best for you can make training for a marathon seem simple. Use this guide to maximize your buying power: Learn which alternatives to milk are available to you:


Taste Test: New processing techniques have vastly improved the taste of soy milk. But like high quality chocolate, each brand has its own unique taste. Shop around until you find one that pleases your palate. A good soy drink will have a thicker, richer texture than milk.

What to Try: 

-Whole Foods 365 Organic Original Fortified Soy Beverage (
Per cup: 90 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrate (6 grams sugar)

-Silk Soymilk Plus Omega-3 DHA (
Per cup: 110 calories, 5 grams fat, 7 grams protein, 8 grams carbohydrate (6 grams sugar)


Taste Test: Its mildly sweet taste and smooth texture continue to make rice milk a popular non-dairy option.

What to Try: 

-Rice Dream Enriched Original (
Per cup: 120 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 1 grams protein, 23 grams carbohydrate (10 grams sugar)


Taste Test: Made from ground almonds and filtered water, almond milk has a creamy consistency similar to soy milk and a slight nutty taste that works well in smoothies.

What to Try:

-Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate (
Per cup: 45 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 2 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrate (0 grams sugar)

-Pacific Foods Unsweetened Vanilla (
Per cup: 45 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 1 gram protein, 3 grams carbohydrate (0 grams sugar)


Taste test: Oat milk has a slightly sweet taste and light consistency, which makes it a great alternative to cream.

What to try:

-Pacific Foods Plain (
Per cup: 130 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 4 grams protein, 24 grams carbohydrate (19 grams sugar)


Taste test: Rich and creamy with an unmistakable nutty flavor, hemp milk entered the market in 2006. Make sure to give it a good shake before pouring.

What to try:

-Manitoba Harvest Original HempBliss (
Per cup: 110 calories, 7 grams fat, 5 grams protein, 7 grams carbohydrate (6 grams sugar)

-Living Harvest Original Hempmilk (
Per cup: 130 calories, 3 grams fat, 4 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrate (15 grams sugar)


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