Cow’s milk is touted as an excellent source of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients, but that may not be the whole truth and cow’s milk isn’t for everybody. In fact, studies show that switching from a standard American diet to a plant-based meal plan, such as the Hallelujah Diet, helps reduce body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, blood glucose, and your risk of heart disease and cancer. If you’d like to reap the health and wellness benefits of a plant-based diet but obtain essential nutrients found in cow’s milk, consider the following nutritious dairy-free milk alternatives!
1. Unsweetened Protein-Fortified Almond Milk
Traditional almond milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, but often provides just 1 gram of protein per serving. When you’re following a plant-based diet, protein is important! So consider protein-fortified almond milk vs. regular almond milk. Unsweetened protein-fortified almond milk has the following nutritional information in each 1-cup serving:
Calories: 80 Protein: 10 grams Carbohydrates: 3 grams Fat: 3 grams Fiber: 2 grams
Choosing a flavored protein-enriched almond milk may add additional calories, so always check the nutrition label to be sure. You can make your own almond milk using a homemade almond milk recipe. Simply blend together almonds, unsweetened coconut, salt, organic rolled oats, water, and an optional flavoring of your choice (vanilla, honey, etc.). Mix in plant protein powder to it if you’d like. Chill the mixture and enjoy your homemade almond milk!
2. Unsweetened Hemp Milk
Hemp milk provides