If you thought replacing cow’s milk with almond, coconut, hemp or cashew milk was where the trend stopped, guess again. While nut milks were a big thing a few years ago—and still are—some unusual ingredients, like potatoes, bananas, oats and peas, are now popping up as milk substitutes. These are the newest ones on the market and the ones you have to try.
“With all the nuts ‘milked’ already, the alternative-dairy scene has been looking to plant- and vegetable-based options because so many people follow dairy-restrictive diets. Vegetable-based milks are a way to tap into this market,” says New York nutritionist Brigitte Zeitlin, founder of BZ Nutrition. “The most popular one right now is unsweetened pea milk, which is creamy and makes a good base for a latté.”
Another dairy-free alternative milk is sunflower milk, which is thick and creamy and loaded with vitamin E and folic acid.
Low in calories but high in omega-3s, this dairy-, nut- and soy-free milk contains as much calcium and vitamin D as regular cow’s milk.
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