In India dairy plays a major role in the diet of growing kids and teenagers.
Our forefathers and ancestral scriptures have passed on the vitality of cow’s milk and the products that can be further made by it like butter, cottage cheese(paneer) and clarified butter(popularly known as ghee). But currently there are a lot of people who are dairy intolerant or suffer from inflammatory acne and hormonal imbalance when they consume it on regular basis. The benefits of dairy products are still the same but only if you get unpasteurized milk where the cows are not injected with artificial hormones or steroids like A2 milk which lacks casein protein, the real culprit of digestive and skin issues. Although there isn’t still a proper research done which proves the disadvantages of dairy completely true but a lot of them have found that when they stopped consuming it, less inflammation, bloating and gastric issues were observed.
The benefits of the dairy-free lifestyle are immense, in addition to losing weight and clearing your skin, you could also be helping the environment and saving animals.
So we have come up with some easy and affordable vegan and dairy free milk options which you can easily make at home.
Oat milk is simply rolled oats and water blended together then strained to leave the pulp behind. It’s a vegan drink that you can either buy or make it yourself at home. It is rich in protein and fiber. Oats are naturally gluten-free so oat milk directly tends to be a gluten-free drink. It is also great for people who suffer from nut or soy allergies. If you are not getting used to the taste , blend it with your favorite fruit or add a dash of vanilla extract to make it palatable.
Almond milk is yet another easy dairy-free milk substitute, made with almonds and water. It’s perfect for pouring over cereals and smoothies. Almond milk provides 45% of regular recommended calcium intake and is naturally lactose free so you don’t have to worry about your lactose allergies. Not only is almond-milk cholesterol free, according to the American Heart Association, monounsaturated fats, such as those found in almond milk, are good for your heart if you substitute them for saturated fats, such as those found in cow’s milk.
Peanut milk is another easily made dairy free milk which is a good source of vitamin E and has at least double the amount of magnesium and vitamin B-6 compared to dairy milk. It’s benefits are a lot but one should consume it in less quantity as it’s high in calories as compared to almond and oat milk. It strengthens bone due to the high magnesium content and has a great nutty flavor. You can add a pinch of cinnamon powder to it and let the peanut milk freeze to have a healthy dessert. Also you can use mashed banana for the same technique and have a delicious homemade ice cream.