Dairy or Dairy Free? Plus My Hemp Milk Recipe

Dairy or Dairy Free?

Milk can be the trickiest thing to navigate when deciding on which variety to consume. There are so many dairy and non-dairy options available today, that it can sometimes get confusing on which is better.

Full cream milk is something most of us were raised on; we were told to drink milk to get more calcium. But now there is overwhelming research that milk is not the only way to consume calcium (especially if you are dairy free). Read more here.

For non-diary options it’s a 50/50 split between popularity for coconut milk or almond milk, and if you are someone who sits on the fence, why not try a mix of both in your coffee next time.

FULL CREAM & SKIM MILK

Milk is classified by its fat percentage, with full cream having around 3.8% and skim milk having about 1.4% fat. It creates a beautiful silky frothiness and both equally popular among dairy lovers.

COCONUT MILK

What you need to know: Organic, Vegan, 100% natural (no nasties).

We love coconut milk for its taste and versatility in smoothies as well! Although not an overly “coconutty” taste, it’s deliciously creamy and my go-to for coffee. Coconut Milk is known for a wide range of benefits including higher hydration levels when compared to other milks, aids in combating inflammation and is reportedly known to help with pain relief.

ALMOND MILK

The original dairy alternative, and the most popular of all nut milks. It is made by grinding almonds, mixing them with water and then filtering the mixture to create a product that looks a lot like milk and has a nutty flavour. It is low in calories, high in Vitamin E and naturally lactose free! We love it in our morning coffee, but we also love it as a substitute in recipes like pancakes and homemade ice cream!

LACTOSE-FREE MILK

The name gives away all its secrets. It is free of lactose, making it easy for those with a lactose intolerance to digest. This milk does taste a little sweeter than regular milk, but that’s only due to the way the lactose is broken down in the milk.

HEMP MILK

It’s the new kid on the block with one of the highest sources of plant-based protein. Nutritionally hemp milk as a non-dairy alternative contains calcium, protein and has added benefits of omega fatty acids.

HOW TO MAKE HEMP MILK:

It’s actually really simple! Here are step by step instructions:

1 cup hemp hearts
3 cups of water

1. Combine your ingredients and blend on high for 1-2 minutes in a high speed blender.
2. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.

JACQUI TOUMBAS

Nutritionist & Owner (Miss Bliss)

Jacqui is a qualified Nutritionist and business owner. She shares her passion for nourishing food through her cafe and catering business, Miss Bliss Wholefoods. Jacqui connects with hundreds of people a day encouraging them to live blissful and nourishing lives.

Instagram: @therealmissbliss
Website: www.missblisswholefoodskitchen.com.au

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