|8oz. serving of||Calories||Fat||Calcium||Protein||Vitamin D|
|Cow's milk (whole)||150||8g||25% DV||8g||25% DV|
|Cow's milk (skim)||80||0g||30% DV||8g||25% DV|
|Soy milk||110||4.5g||45% DV||8g||30% DV|
|40||2.5g||45% DV||1g||25% DV|
|45||4.5g||45% DV||0g||25% DV|
DV = Daily Value
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that adults consume a minimum of 1,000 mg of calcium per day, although that increases to 1,300 mg per day for teenagers and 1,200 for women over 50. Just one eight-ounce glass of milk provides a significant source of calcium (cow’s milk has about 300 mg of calcium per 8 oz. serving). Almond and coconut milk provide as much Vitamin D and calcium as cow’s milk, but if you’re looking for a rich source of protein, almond and coconut milk might not be the best choice.
Using the different flavors and consistencies in milk can help you make even more delicious meals. Many Indian and Thai dishes call for coconut milk, as the sweet flavor and creamy consistency help bolster the exotic flavors in the recipes. Soy milk can be used as you would use cow’s milk in most recipes. Since it is a great source of protein, try it in energy-boosting foods, like baked oatmeal or homemade protein bars. Almond and soy milk are available in flavors like vanilla, which can be great in dessert recipes.
If you are lactose intolerant but still want to consume recipes that involve milk or eat cereal, the use of almond or soy milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk. If you are dieting or simply trying to cut extra calories, the use of almond milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk. If you don’t like drinking it out of a glass at first, try it mixed in a smoothie or over cereal.