Nowadays it seems like you can get milk from almost anything. While soy, rice and almond milk may be the most familiar, there’s newcomer oat milk, made from soaked steel-cut oats or whole groats. Oat milk has a consistency similar to skim milk, and it’s just as nutritious in many ways. Aside from being free of lactose and cholesterol and easy to digest, oat milk is a good source of protein, iron, zinc, fiber and phytochemicals. Research has shown that including oats in your diet helps protect against heart disease, certain cancers and stroke.
Oat milk, too, is a good alternative to soy or almond milk for those with allergies. It also works really well in baked goods. On the flipside, oat milk is slightly higher in calories and sugar. Taste can be a factor, as some people find it mild and nutty while others regard it as too “earthy.” Adding a dash of cinnamon or vanilla for extra sweetness in your latte or cereal can help. Another benefit: Oat milk is easy to make at home—all you need are oats, water and a good blender.
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(Another recommendation: a fine cheesecloth to use for straining so your milk is silky, not lumpy.). Although oat milk is free of calcium, most commercial brands are fortified with calcium and vitamin D. If you choose to DIY it, remember to consume plenty of calcium-rich foods like broccoli, tofu, kale and figs to ensure you’re getting the recommended daily allowance. Each alternative milk has its pros and cons. Experiment with different types to see what works best for your palate, needs and lifestyle.
The latest dairy-free “mylk” to hit stores? Milkadamia, which is made from raw nuts grown on an Aussie family farm. The creamy cow’s milk alternative—available in Original, Unsweetened, Unsweetened Vanilla (our fave) and Latte Da Barista—is also free of GMOs, dairy, soy and gluten ($4; milkadamia.com).