A Guide to Alternative Mylks
Did you know? Non-dairy milk does't just consist of the standard almond and soy — but there are countless non-dairy milk variations on the market to spice up your life (and your favorite granola). It's no surprise we have a thing for alternate mylks and when we started the Sakara Life, dairy was one of the very first things to go. Like many, dairy was a staple in our household growing up, but once we discovered how highly inflammatory and downright unnatural it is for humans to consume, we began our life-long love affair with mylk.
Here are our favorites:
~ COCONUT MYLK
Not only will the creamy dreaminess of coconut milk transport you straight to the tropics, but that creaminess comes to us from coconut’s abundance of beneficial fat called auric acid — a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed by the cells and blood to be used for energy, rather than storage. All meaning, the fat in coconut will never latch onto you, but your body will continually burn it as energy to fuel your wildest dreams. These fats simultaneously help to regulate (and increase) metabolism, control appetite and aid in weight-loss. All of this, as well as ultimate fortification of skin and hair. A coco milk a day keeps the sulfite-full deep-conditioner away (that’s what they say, right?).
~ HEMP MYLK
We have a serious love affair with hemp seeds, and therefore, with hemp milk. The obsession runs deep because we’ve experienced the life-changing deliciousness that hemp milk provides. Hemp is chok full of vitamins A and E for skin health, vitamin B12 for energy, vitamin D for liquid sunshine, as well as folic acid, magnesium, iron and zinc. Hemp milk also contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, as well as all 10 essential amino acids for a growing, glowing body. What have we noticed since swapping cows milk with hemp milk? Clearer skin, softer hair, quicker growing nails, mental clarity, and full-body inflammation reduction.
Making your own hemp milk is as easy as tossing 2-3 tablespoons of organic hemp seeds into a blender with 8oz of water, a sprinkle of pink himalayan salt, a possible touch of vanilla bean, then blend for 30 seconds. Voila! Superpower milk, no cow puss in sight (#sorrynotsorry).
~ OAT MYLK
Oat milk is simply made from, you guessed it — oats. As in, the oats also experienced in your Sakara morning Sweet Thai Oatmeal (also featuring aforementioned coconut milk). And contrary to some belief, oat milk is gluten-free. That is, if you’re buying it organic or making it yourself. Oat milk is a microbiome-loving alternative to fattier plant-based milks — it’s thinner and full of more essential vitamins and minerals than it is plant proteins and fats. Oat milk includes manganese, potassium, phosphorus, B-complex vitamins, vitamins A and E, as well as an abundance of phytochemicals (aka, age-defying antioxidants) to protect your precious cells from cancerous invaders.
~ RICE MYLK
Commercially, rice milk is the world’s number one alternative to cow's milk. And though we’re far for partial to creamier nut milks, a chocolate or vanilla flavored rice milk is far superior to any animal-based milk. Rice milk is especially beneficial for women (especially around that time of the month) as it’s low in fat but high in niacin, vitamin B6, iron, copper, selenium and magnesium. And because rice milk is made from a carbohydrate, it is quite high in carbs (aka sugar) and low in protein. But do not fear! These carbohydrates are the good kind — your brain runs on the glucose (aka, sugar) that carbohydrates from rice convert post-ingestion. Throw in a handful or two (or three) of Sakara Granola, and you’ve got your dose of protein to go along with.
~ CASHEW MYLK
We’re obsessed with cashew milk for it’s buttery flavor. Cashews are approximately 75% oleic acid — an unsaturated fatty acid (hello balanced hormones, silky hair, and glowing skin!). Cashew nuts also contain the highest amount of calcium than any other plant in Mama Nature's kingdom. No cows milk needed when you’ve got a few cashews on hand! Cashews boast hefty amounts of copper, which play a wide range of psychological processes in the body, including the elimination of free-radicals in the brain to nourish a growing brain and preserve precious memories (as well as make room for many more!). Cashew milk is highly alkalizing for the colon and encourages healthy bowl movements. Amen.
What are your favorite plant-based mylks? Do you have a go-to recipe to DIY at home?