GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Whether you are allergic to milk, lactose intolerant, vegan or simply in search of a nondairy option, you're in luck. Alternatives to cow's milk have never been more numerous.
Last year, U.S. retail sales of plant-based nondairy beverages such as soy, almond, rice, coconut and hemp milk reached a whopping $1.3 billion.
So why are we opting for milk alternatives?
The September issue of Experience Life magazine explores all of this and Editor-in-Chief Pilar Gerasimo, joined KARE 11 News @4 with the details.
She showed examples of milk alternatives-
Soy Milk is a plant based milk produced by soaking, crushing and cooking soybeans and then extracting the liquid. It tastes slightly beany but has a thicker, richer and creamier texture.
Almond Milk is made from skinned or blanched almonds that are finely ground and blended with water then filtered to remove solids. It tastes slightly nutty and toasty with a hint of sweetness and has a great milk-like texture.
Coconut Milk is made by blending water and coconut milk and is squeezed from grated coconut flesh.
It has a smooth texture, natural sweetness and a milk coco-nutty flavor.
Rice Milk is made by blending together cooked rice, water, rice syrup and rice starch. It's taste is light with a sweet flavor that tastes a lot like conventional milk but with a watery consistency.
Hemp Milk is made by blending hemp seeds with water and then filtering the mixture to remove the solids.
It tastes rich and creamy with an earthy flavor.
For more information, head to Experience Life online.