Whether you are dairy free by choice, or are lactose intolerant, oat milk is a great alternative. It is one of the few dairy-free milks that are not made from nuts.
What is oat milk?
Oat milk is made from the straining of oats that are soaked into water, blended, then strained. Oats absorb water easier than nuts if blended enough, so more of the oats themselves strain into the liquid which gives oat milk a creamier texture.
What are the health benefits of oat milk?
One cup of oat milk provides 2 grams of fiber, 4g of protein, 35% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, 25% for vitamin D, and 10% for iron. Oats also contain the B vitamins thiamin and folate, the minerals magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and copper, as well as a variety of other vitamins and minerals in trace amounts. Oats are known for their heart healthy benefits and ability to keep cholesterol levels in check. They contain beta-glucan, which is a soluble fiber, and has shown to have potent cholesterol-lowing properties.
How can you drink oat milk?
Because of its natural creaminess, oat milk is often used in coffee to make lattes and cappuccinos. It is becoming the preferred milk of choice over cow milk, almond, and soy. Oat milk also often used in smoothies, soups, and baked goods.