My milk substitute brings all the boys to the yard…

Milk me?

Ok fine, you don’t really have to milk me but I’m allowed to dream right?…

This article touches on alternatives to MOO MILK. In today’s day and age where we are all looking for healthier alternatives and experimenting with different ingredients to find out what works and what doesn’t, Fitness Hacks thought they’d throw their hat in the ring and offer some (hopefully) helpful light-hearted advise.

There are many alternatives to milk, my preferred option is almond milk. It tastes great in coffee, over cereal and in smoothies or a spiffing alternative in a protein shake. Please note though almond milk has less protein AND calcium than cows milk. However the nutty milk tops the charts for B vitamins such as Iron and Riboflavin assisting in muscle growth sooooo swings and roundabouts really…

Soy, rice, almond, and coconut milk don’t make up every cow’s milk substitute out there, but they do account for the most common you’ll see in most shops;

  • follow site Soy: “Soy milk delivers the same amount of protein as milk. It is also the non-dairy milk that offers the most potassium – a mineral that plays a significant role in the regulation of blood pressure. Though most soy milks on the market are made from organic soybeans (and therefore non-GMO), it is always good to check the ingredient list. Soy milk is very versatile and it can be used in anything from cereal and coffee to smoothies and savoury dishes.”
  • http://groorganic.net/endorse_final Rice: “Rice milk is the most allergy-friendly of the non-dairy milks.”
  • http://oceanadesigns.net/images/granite/forest-blue/forest-blue.jpg Almond:  It is uber easy to make at home. Simply soak almonds for 8 hours, rinse them off, and then blend with water, using a 1:3 cup ratio of nuts to water. You can add your own flavouring/sweetness by also throwing in some vanilla and one or two pitted dates. Then, pour the mixture into a sieve to separate the liquid (“milk”) from the pulp. The pulp can be stored and used as a base for desserts (or you could even mix it with some coconut oil and oats to make a beautifully organic face scrub).”
  • Coconut: “Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid, a heart-healthy saturated fat that improves HDL (good) cholesterol.”

See a short clip on different milk options which tickled me. Enjoy

Finally some advise that has caught me out before. When buying a milk substitute please check the label and if you are looking for a healthy alternative to milk, we advise you buy the ‘unsweetened’ version. As sweetened milk swaps can have as many as 5 teaspoons of added sugar per mug! Then who’s the mug hey? hey? hey? No, really, be vigilant when popping your healthy milk swap cherry!!

Thanks for reading!

Sam

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