It may be the blandest-looking item in the fridge, but milk has many important jobs to do. From making the morning coffee creamy to offering a good liquid base to our smoothies and, of course, being the perfect match to our favourite breakfast cereals, milk is such a staple in our homes that we can’t imagine going a full day without a splash of this precious white drink. Luckily, even if you’re a vegan, these days there rare many non-dairy drinks options to choose from. Dairy-free alternatives come in so many versions and flavours, that there’s bound to be at least one you’ll love. If you haven’t found your favourite yet, here are some plant-based drinks to try.
Oat drinks are constantly featured in pretty much every list of best non-dairy drinks. So, if you haven’t tried it yet, here’s what to expect: a creamy texture, a mild flavour and a naturally sweet taste. It’s great for cooking, delicious to drink on its own and a match made in heaven for cereals, smoothies and lattes. Plus, you can also make it at home.
For oat fans, oat drinks and our delicious Cheerios make a great combination. Give it a go!
The new-comer on the dairy-free milk alternative aisle are pea-based drinks. But before you imagine your breakfast cereals sloshing in a bowl of green juice that tastes just like peas, you’ll be happy to know pea beveragescome in a creamy colour and don’t have the vegetable’s flavour. It’s often considered the cow’s milk alternative that tastes the most like cow’s milk, which makes it a great option if you’re having trouble adjusting to the nutty taste of almond milk or you’re not a fan of the soy milk flavour. Wondering how to use pea beverages? Add it to cereals, smoothies and your favourite pancake recipes. Pour it over porridge, coffee or enjoy it in a glass on its own.
Soy drinks are the stars of the non-dairy drink alternatives as they’re often considered the most popular beverages out of all. Soy drinks come in many different flavours, from simple to chocolate, vanilla or coconut. Whichever option you prefer, it will make a great addition to the morning bowl of cereals.
Who knew that a combination of finely-ground almonds and water could taste so heavenly? The nutty flavour is unmistakeable, but it’s all wrapped in a smooth, slightly sweet drink you can use in pretty much everything that requires milk. Try it with your morning cereals, add your favourite cereal toppings and you’ve got a delicious breakfast without dairy.
If you’re not sure what cereals work best with an almond drink, give the crunchy Shredded Wheat Honey and Nut a go for a supremely nutty morning meal.
Another new addition to the non-dairy drinks family, macadamia beverage might soon become a favourite in coffee shops. Its creamy texture makes it perfect for the morning coffee and adds a special twist to lattes, golden milk recipes and smoothies. If you love a nutty flavour to accompany your breakfast cereals, give macadamia drinks a go.
This plant-based drink alternative is still a rare sight on supermarket shelves as it’s a relatively new non-dairy drink, but given the popularity of quinoa, an ingredient that’s now present in everything from salads to smoothies, , this may soon change. If you’re lucky to see it on your next shopping trip, it’s good to know that quinoa beverages aresimilar to oat drinks. They work great with smoothies, you can pour quinoa drink in your coffee or use it to prepare a delicious bowl of cereals.
If you’re on a plant-based diet, but trying to avoid nuts, or you’re not a fan of nutty flavours, an alternative plant-based drink to try is rice milk. Its taste is very bland, so you’ll often find it in its sweetened version, or with added ingredients to help it make more of an impression on our taste buds. But the great thing about it is that rice drink works with almost anything. It’s a great substitute in recipes, and works well as a base for smoothies. When it comes to a cereal breakfast, a plant-based rice drink makes good combinations with whatever ingredients you choose to add as a topping, since it doesn’t come with an overpowering flavour. We’re thinking maple syrup to sweeten it up and cocoa powder to give it a nice chocolate taste.
If you love almonddrinks, give cashew beverages a go too. The two drinks are both favourites with fans of nutty flavours, and you can even find blends that mix the two together, so you have it all in one cup. Add it to your coffee or smoothie, and try it with your favourite cereals too. Fans of cashew milk also recommend it as a great addition to your morning tea, so why not take a chance on this tasty plant drink alternative. It might turn out to be your favourite of them all.
You can find coconut drinks either in a carton, or in a can for the more condensed version. If you love coconut, the subtle flavour of this beverage will win you over. However, if you’re planning to pour it over your morning cereals, go for the more diluted carton version. Its tropical taste make it quite special among the rest of non-dairy drinks alternatives, so if you’re looking to add a special twist to your coffee, smoothie or cereals, a coconut drink is the way to go.
We know flax seeds as the versatile ingredient in breads, muffins, casseroles or sauces. You might have sprinkled them on top of your breakfast cereals or added them to your mid-day yoghurt treat. But did you know you can also enjoy them in liquid form? Flax drink is made with water and flax oil or ground flax seeds. You will often find pea protein as one of the ingredients for an extra boost, which makes it similar to pea drinks. It might take a bit of getting used to its bitter undertones, but if you’re looking for a gluten-free milk alternative, flax drinks tick all the boxes. Plus, you can sweeten it to your liking or enjoy the flavour as it is.
You may have heard of hemp k beverages as the latest trend in the world of non-dairy milk alternatives. If you’re not sure what to expect, imagine the flavour of almond drink (but with an even nuttier taste) and the consistency of skimmed milk mixed together and you won’t be too far off the best hemp drinks have to offer. There are sweet tones in there as well, plus the watery texture making it great for pouring it in a glass and drinking it on its own. But if you’re a fan of the taste, why not add it to your recipes, give your coffee an exciting new twist or pour it over your cereals and mix your favourite flavours together.
There are many plant-based drinks to choose from, but if you’ve got your favourite already, here are a few ideas for incorporating dairy or non-dairy milk into your post-workout meals.
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For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.
As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron
Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.
It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.
Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.