The days of using cow’s milk as creamer in a morning cup of coffee seem to be far behind us. With the ongoing growth in popularity of dairy-free milk alternatives, consumer brands are getting more and more creative with their dairy-free offerings. As a person who doesn’t love cow’s milk (and never has), I’ve always been more inclined to opt for a cow’s milk alternative. Regardless of your reason for going dairy-free with your morning coffee, it’s helpful to know what your options are for the best-tasting milk alternatives on the market right now.
Perhaps one of the most well-known dairy-free milk alternatives, almond milk is a great option for those looking to stick with a tried-and-true dairy-free replacement. With its creamy texture and slightly nutty flavor, almond milk has fewer calories than cow’s milk. According to the nutrition information for Silk, a popular almond milk brand, it’s a great source of calcium and vitamin E — which is perfect for those who still want that daily dose of calcium cow’s milk provides. Be sure to check labels when you’re grocery shopping, since every brand is made differently.
Cashew milk is the most comparable to almond milk in terms of taste, but has a bit of a nuttier flavor than almond milk and is even creamier in texture. Nutrition information also shows cashew milk contains healthy fats, protein, and you even might get some of your recommended daily value of vitamin D.
Soy milk is a classic example of a non-dairy creamer alternative — and since it’s widely known as the “original replacement” for cow’s milk, it’s understandable why so many people favor it. As for taste factor, soy milk is probably closest to cow’s milk from a texture standpoint and is typically pretty flavorless, so it won’t add much to your drink — but that’s just what some folks are looking for. According to a University of Virginia School of Medicine Study, soy milk is also the only milk replacement that has the same amount of protein as a glass of cow’s milk — so this is definitely a great option for those wanting some protein in the a.m.
Coconut milk has become increasingly popular over the years, and is a barista’s staple. Nutritionally speaking, this replacement has very few calories compared to other non-dairy milks, but also doesn’t have as much protein. So, if you’re trying to consume fewer calories in the morning, the tangy and fresh taste of coconut milk might be right for you.
Oat milk may be labeled as a “hipster” milk, but it’s worth noting that this milk alternative has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Personally, I always opt for oat milk as my preference simply because I think it tastes the best. Oat milk is thicker and creamier than most milk alternatives, and since it is made from fiber-filled oats, you’re getting a fair dosage of fiber in your breakfast and even a few grams of protein — but like any other milk, every brand is made differently, so be sure to check the nutritional label before purchasing.
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