Sunday, 14 June 2015

Milk Alternatives!

Lets talk all things 'milky'. 
After living on Lactofree milk for the past few years, i finally decided to try a few alternatives such as the Aplro range.
 Although i am only lactose intolerant i have recently realised that in the mornings my body also dislikes lactofree milk. Therefore it was the right time to find a total dairy free alternative.

 We are so lucky that we have such a range to choose from in the supermarkets, enabling those who are allergic to milk or lactose free to rekindle their love for breakfast cereal, a cappuccino on a Sunday morning and ending the day with a cold banana milkshake. 

After using Unsweetend Almond Alpro, Lactofree Semi Skimmed and Alpro Coconut Original in my meals and milkshakes this week, i can confidently say i prefer the Alpro range over the Lactofree milk.

Anyway, lets start with my least favorite of the 3 - Lactofree. This milk is only safe for those who are Lactose Intolerant. This drink is made from cows' milk which is then filtered to remove half the lactose, the sugars that are naturally found in milk. An enzyme is then added to the filtered milk to break down any remaining milk sugars, so that your body can easily absorb them. With nothing else added, this drink tastes exactly the same normal cows' milk and it still has the nutritional benefits that cows' milk has. Out of the three it has the least amount of calories at 12.7 and they offer it in semi-skimmed or whole.

Aplro Almond Unsweetened, is made up of lighted roasted Mediterranean almonds and water, with no added sugars or sweeteners, just pure damn nutty goodness. 
 It contains a natural source of vitamin E which is an antioxidant contributing to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. With only 13 kcals per 100ml its a great healthy alternative.

The Alpro Coconut Original is a delicious blend of Coconut milk and water, with a light taste of rice. It has a few more calories than the Unsweeted Almond milk at 20 calories per 100ml. With no added sugars it certainly livens up any recipe and is perfect for those summer smoothies! It also contains a natural source of B12 which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. 

Although coconut and almond milk doesn't come from a cow it still naturally contains Calcium. If you are not eating dairy products it is important that you still have enough Calcium in your diet, making the alpro range even more appealing.

When comparing I instantly noticed the colour difference between all 3. It was kind of expected that the colours would vary due to the natural ingredients used, however i didn't think the coconut would be as pure and crisp white as it was. 

I  wasn't expecting a huge variation in the flavour however i was totally wrong. The Alpro Almond was certainly the most earthly in colour and taste and the Alrpo Coconut was a lot sweeter and i could definitely taste a hint of coconut. When tasting both Aplro choices there was certainly a nutty taste to both of them but as you can imagine the Almond Unsweetened was the nuttiest.

 Personally, with a hate for normal milk and a body that also rejects Lactose, found in cows milk, and sweet tooth, the Alpro Coconut alternative is by far my favorite

I'd love to hear peoples thoughts on their milk alternatives, any recommendations are welcome :)

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