What is Plant-based Milk and Why You Should Try Them.

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Strolling down the aisle grocery shopping you might have seen selections of milk you didn’t understand and probably haven’t tried some, right? Some of the healthiest options of milk are plant-based.

In this post we will be introducing you to plant based milk, the benefits, some popular options and their uses.

 

What is Plant-based milk?

 

Plant based is milk gotten from plant sources, by blending (followed by extraction and straining) of the flesh of some fruits or some nuts, legumes, grain and seeds e.g. Coconut, Almonds etc. they are majorly popular with vegetarians and vegans, but also in some cultures, plant-based milk are used in making beverages, and cooking. There are people who opt for plant-based milk because of diet restrictions or just simply want to incorporate it into their diet (this is very advisable).

Some very popular ones; soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, cashew milk, flax milk , hemp milk, sesame milk etc. These milks, except the ones made from nuts are often hypo allergic, and they are really good substitutes to regular milk when baking or cooking.

As for their nutritional values, this varies according to the plant source, soy milk is not only one of the most popular, it is also claimed to be one of the healthiest, pea milk too has good reps in this department even though it is not as popular. Coconut milk is said to have high saturated fat content. It is also good to do some research on the options that will better suit your taste and nutritional needs.

 

Benefits of Plant-based Milk

 

  • Low calorie
  • Low sugar
  • No cholesterol
  • Fiber content
  • Hypo allergic
  • Suitable for those with lactose intolerance
  • They are rich in vitamins
  • Rich in minerals
  • High protein content

 

With all these benefits, they are suitable for diabetics, those on a diet, also it’s completely vegan.

These milks and their bye products like butters, oils, tofu etc. are equally delicious and worth adding to your pantry.

 

HOW TO MAKE PLANT-BASED MILK

 

This can vary slightly. For fruits like coconut, you de-husk the coconut, cut the fleshy part into smaller chunks and blend with hot water (use a blender with heat resistant jar) in a powerful blender, then strain through a cheese cloth.

While for most nuts and seeds you simply blend with some water, even for oats and rice, this works. Then you strain and bottle.

Soy requires a little cooking time, some roast the beans and grind into powder, some blend, strain and cook the milk with low heat while stirring continually to prevent burning.

 

NOTES

  • They go well in pancake batter.
  • For cakes and cooking, you need to consider a few other things, but they can be used in a lot of recipes.
  • Some have high saturated fat content, check and consult you doctors/dieticians.
  • Be careful if you have Nut allergy.
  • They can be used to make tea, add some spices and herbs for flavor and extra goodness.
  • Do not pour soy milk into hot tea, it will curdle. Pour tea into soymilk to mix well.
  • They don’t have long shelf life, refrigerate and consume quickly.
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