Dairy Free & Dairy Alternatives

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If you are wondering how to remove dairy products from your diet, then don’t worry. It’s easier than you might think.

 

The good news is that there are lots of alternatives to dairy that you can straight swap for your usually dairy product, meaning you don’t have to miss out on your morning cuppa!

 

Why might I need an alternative to dairy products?

 

There can be many reasons why you might wish to eliminate dairy products from your diet, including:

 

Vegetarian and vegan diets

 

If you are following a purely plant-based diet, you might be looking for some milk alternatives since cow’s milk (and goat’s milk) are clearly animal products.

 

Lactose intolerance

 

It may be that you are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy products and you might be looking for substitutes which don’t upset your digestive system. You may therefore wish to consider lactose-free milk.

 

If you have been diagnosed with a lactose intolerance, then eating or drinking dairy products can result in digestive issues such as diarrhoea, gas and bloating, which can make you feel pretty uncomfortable. For many people, it can be best to avoid dairy altogether.

 

Luckily, there are lots of dairy alternatives on the market. The broad range available has increased even further in recent years, thanks to the rise in popularity of vegan diets, due to drivers such as personal beliefs; health benefits and an increased focus on sustainability. 

 

What types of dairy-free milk are available?

 

There are lots of different varieties of dairy free milk available nowadays and which one you choose is often down to personal preference.

 

Keep trying different varieties until you find your favourite. Or select different milks for different purposes: one may simply taste better to you in your coffee or on your cereal than another.

 

Almond milk

 

This plant-based milk is made mainly from almonds and as you would expect, has a wonderful creamy texture and slightly nutty flavour.

 

Alpro Almond Milk is gluten free and perfect for adding to coffee or eating with your breakfast cereal.

 

Soya milk

 

Soya milk is a vegan milk alternative made by soaking and grinding soy beans.

 

This milk substitute is rich and creamy as well as gluten free and free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

 

Soya drinks were one of the first milk alternatives available and remain a really popular choice as they goes well with most things due to their delicate, creamy flavour.

 

Oat milk

 

Oat milk contains no dairy, no added sugar and is also suitable for people who have nut allergies, unlike any of the nut based milk alternatives.

 

Oat milk is usually fortified with calcium and is therefore a nutritional alternative, since you won’t be missing out on any of the benefits that calcium provides for the body like maintaining healthy bones. It’s perfect for drinking in coffee, tea, smoothies and delicious on cereal too.

 

Coconut milk

 

Organic coconut milk has a creamy texture and a refreshing taste. inIt is made by blending coconut with naturally sweet rice and mountain spring water.

 

Hazelnut drink

 

Hazelnut drink is a delicious nutty milk alternative, with a silky texture and made using roasted hazelnuts, rice and spring water.

 

Add to cereal for a sweet tasting breakfast or make a latte or hot chocolate using this hazelnut drink. The nutty flavour really adds an extra dimension to your favourite hot drinks. 

 

Rice milk

 

Rice milk is a dairy free drink with a silky texture and a subtly sweet taste which comes from its natural ingredients.

 

It is made with brown rice, pure mountain spring water and cold pressed sunflower oil.

 

What other dairy alternatives are available?

 

As well as dairy free milk, there are also alternatives to other dairy products available, so you don’t have to miss out on anything if you are following a restrictive diet or you are lactose intolerant.

 

Single cream and custard alternatives

 

There are soya alternatives to single cream for adding to soups, sauces and desserts as well as dairy free custard perfect for popping on top of your desserts or just eating with fruit.

 

Provamel Soya Dessert is available ready made to eat on its own whenever you fancy a sweet treat. It is 100% plant based and is available in chocolate and vanilla flavours.

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