With so much talk of GMO crops and the conditions in which farmers work, there’s been much back and forth about the benefits and risks of consuming soy. I really love having soy in my morning cup of coffee, so am curious, what is the healthiest non-dairy milk? – Liz L.
There are a number of good reasons to be concerned about drinking soy milk, and consuming too many soy products in general. Luckily, there are more alternatives now than ever before, and they’re all pretty good for you! Nut milks (like almond, cashew, and brazil nut) are high in Vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fats, and are low in calories. Hemp milk is especially high in Omega-3 fats and protein. Oat milk is high in fiber. Then there’s rice milk, which is the best alternative if you have allergies, but is higher in sugar than other non dairy milks. It’s best to experiment and find which ones are your favorites, and ideally if you like all of them, then consume a variety, since they all have their own benefits.
Something to be aware of though is that all store-bought products are going to have preservatives and additives. The absolute best option is to make your own nut milk, and it’s much easier (and more delicious) than most people know! Try different nuts (really, how often do you eat brazil nuts? This is a great way to get them in!), and play with the recipe. You can make a chocolate version by adding raw cacao. You can also sweeten it with just one date by soaking it with the nuts overnight.
Homemade Nut Milk
Soak 1 cup of almonds/cashews/brazil nuts in water overnight.
Blend with 3 cups of water
Strain through a nut milk bag like this one
Add a pinch of sea salt, a small amount of natural sweetener, and a small amount of coconut oil (this is optional but will make the milk richer)
Blend to mix
Store in fridge for up to a week
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