What’s the Best Dairy-Free Milk Alternative?

Whether you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or just cutting out dairy for personal or environmental reasons, here’s a list of the best milk alternatives and what they work best with—because we’ve all made the mistake of putting almond milk in our tea and seeing it curdle.

Soy milk, also called soya milk, is the most accessible milk. Most places offer it as a milk alternative, and you can get it for pretty cheap at any supermarket. It’s also full of protein, and you can get so many different kinds: unsweetened, vanilla, chocolate, the list goes on.

Regular soy milk goes well with most things and can be used as a baking ingredient—but remember too much soy can be bad for your health if you have thyroid issues. Maybe alternate between soy and a different milk alternative!

Oat milk is the best for the planet: it doesn’t require a lot of land or water to be made. It’s also the most delicious in coffee, and tastes nice by itself too. Make sure you try chocolate oat milk once in your life—the Oatly one owns every chocolate milk lover’s heart. If you love having porridge in the morning, I suggest staying away from oat milk, it makes the oats go weird.

Almond milk is becoming just as popular and accessible as soy milk. It’s the milk alternative with the least calories, and it’s delicious by itself. It goes well with porridge and is great for baking too. It’s also fortified with vitamin B12, which is important for anyone staying away from animal products.

Unsweetened almond milk is tasty and better for everyday use if you’re trying to keep your sugars level low. The only issue with almond milk is the amount of water that is needed to cultivate almonds (which is still less than regular dairy milk).

Rice milk is the best for cereal, hands down. It’s naturally sweeter than other milk alternatives, but it’s also high in calories and carbs, so don’t go too wild with it if you’re worried about those things.

However, it’s still healthier than cow’s milk, and much better for the planet as well. Tip: warm rice milk before bed is relaxing and delicious.

Coconut milk is amazing in coffee, pancakes, smoothies and more. It’s thick and creamy, and often has added vitamin D and vitamin B12. Next time you go to Starbucks, get coconut milk in your Frappuccino. It will change your life.

Hemp milk isn’t a very popular option, but it’s a good one nonetheless. Don’t worry, it won’t get you high—it’s best in coffee and porridge, and it’s also a good source of omega 3. It smells and tastes a bit grassy, which throws many people off, but it’s really healthy.

Cashew milk is delicious in coffee, smoothies, curry sauce and soup. It’s easy to digest, low in calories and often fortified with several vitamins, so you don’t miss out on any nutrients. It’s creamy and tasty, and definitely worth trying.

What’s your favourite milk alternative?

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3 Best Places to get a Sunday Roast near Kingston University

As an American, I had never heard of Sunday Roasts until moving to the UK over a year ago. In my first weeks here, my group of English friends asked if I wanted to “grab a roast” and I had no idea what that meant.

However, after my first roast experience, it was love at first bite—and now I can’t get enough. As an amateur Sunday Roast connoisseur, I have curated the three best places to grab a roast in the Kingston University area.

(For those of you who don’t know: a Sunday Roast is called such, as it is traditionally eaten on Sundays. It is a quintessential British meal that consists of a roasted meat, roast potato, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables, and gravy.) Now, let’s dig in!

1. The Black Lion: Surbiton

This was the very first place my group and I had gotten a roast, and we definitely chose well. The Black Lion is a quintessential UK pub, from its pint-drinking locals (who have been coming here for so long that they’re almost permanent fixtures of the pub) to the rugby that plays in the background.

Their food options can be found on a piece of paper attached to a wooden clipboard, placed on each table. The menu isn’t fancy—but does the menu presentation matter when the food is so damn good?

The Black Lion’s choices for a roast include the standard beef, pork, lamb, or chicken, and their sides include everything you’d expect with a classic roast: parsnips, carrots, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, and my all time favourite: Yorkshire pudding. (For those of you who don’t know: Yorkshire pudding is a baked batter made of eggs, flour, and milk or water, which tastes like heaven when drenched in gravy).

The roasts also come with a free side of broccoli and cauliflower cheese casserole, which I could quite literally eat all day long. In terms of prices, you can get yourself a roast from here for about £11-£13—which is slightly on the higher side, but this roast is definitely worth the money.

Our rating: 5/5 Yorkshire Puddings

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2. Druids Head: Kingston

I’ll start off by saying that this particular pub allows dogs, so you can find me here on most days.

Druids Head—or Druids, as my friends colloquially call it—is a chain within the UK, and it feels like it. Some of the personal, cozy touches that The Black Lion has just don’t exist at Druids.

It doesn’t have the same kinds of locals and things are a bit more refined here. The menu has been completely revamped in the last few months, with newer food options being reminiscent of a Frankie & Benny’s in its culinary variety.

That being said, Druids knows how to do classic British food well. How do I know this? Well, the first time we ate here, my English boyfriend unironically exclaimed, “Well, this is some bloody good gravy!” while taking his first bite of the roast. And he was right—it was bloody good.

In terms of roast options, you can also find the standard choices, including beef, chicken, pork, or lamb. Notably, Druids also has a vegetarian roast that consists of seasonal veg, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, mash & gravy. Their roasts are each £10.99, which is an absolute bargain for the amount of food you get.

Our rating: 4/5 Yorkshire Puddings

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3. The Railway Bell: Hampton

Known locally as “The Dip”, this pub has the most incredibly inviting outside appearance—it quite literally looks like a cottage, with its vine-clad walls and thatched roofs.

My friends and I came here for the first time last December on a particularly snowy (and hungover) morning, and I really can’t express just how healing gravy is for the hungover soul. Things weren’t particularly refined here—the doorways needed a bit of TLC, the floors were slanted, and it was a bit cramped and small. But, those qualities made The Dip quite cozy and memorable.

For £11.95, you have the choice of beef, half-chicken, or pork, along with the traditional sides that accompany a roast. If you’re in need of a home-cooked style meal, The Dip is the place for you—the food looked and tasted like my mom had just made it.

Although it’s a little longer of a trek from Kingston, a bus ride can get you here in about 20 minutes, and it’s worth it to find a freshly cooked roast with your name on it.

3.5/5 Yorkshire Puddings

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What’s your favourite part of a Sunday roast? Let us know in the comments, and keep an eye on our website for a vegan-friendly roast guide coming soon!

 

 

The Top 3 Kingston Cafes You Should Know About

Winter is coming, and as the temperature drops, the desire to warm up with a cup of coffee grows stronger. With so many cafes around, it’s hard to figure out what cuppa is worth your cash.

Here at Loudly, we know the importance of a good cup of coffee (we’re definitely self-proclaimed experts with how much we drink it every day), so we’ve scouted Kingston to find the best cafes to get your daily dose of caffeine.

  1. Fortunella Café (pictured)

Opened four years ago by Goran Brnovic, this hidden gem located in the heart of Kingston is the place to start your day with a good brew, or relax after a long day at work. From the friendly staff that will greet you with a smile, the warm ambiance, table service and the delicious food and beverages, Fortunella is definitely a place you won’t want to miss! There’s a reason they won the Highly Commended for Best Marketing Campaign award at the Kingston Business Excellence Awards.

“I wanted to prove to myself that somebody not from this country is able to bring a solid business In Kingston and I wanted to leave my mark here, and this makes me very proud,” said Brnovic.

Don’t forget to try one of the freshly-made salads or, for those with a sweet tooth, indulge in a piece of cake that compliments your cup of coffee.

2. Wags and Tales

What’s better than sipping on a delicious coffee brew? Spending time with your dog, of course!

At Wags and Tales, you don’t have to worry about leaving your four-legged friend at home—they’re just as welcome as any human customer! With friendly and helpful staff, good food (with gluten free and vegan options as well), excellent coffee and a special menu for dogs, this is definitely the spot to choose for a good brew!

3. Pickled Pantry

Although the quirky name initially makes you think of gherkins, we can assure you there’s no pickles in the coffee! This dainty café minutes away from Surbiton train station offers not a varied menu, with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Besides their delicious coffee, they also offer a great, relaxing atmosphere where you’ll feel right at home!

“I think that what makes this cafe unique is that we support local businesses in Kingston and as a result, I think our local following, we’ve got quite loyal customers because we support the community,” said Laura Yearwood, owner of Pickled Pantry who took over the previous owners in July this year.

Have we missed your favourite Kingston-area cafe? Where do you think is the best place to unwind with a cuppa after classes? Let us know in the comments!

Loudly Bites: 80 Calorie Banana Muffins

Recipe:

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup mashed bananas (approximately 4 bananas)

1 large egg (substitute a 1/4 cup applesauce if vegan)

Dash of vanilla extract (roughly 1/2 – 1 teaspoon)

1/4 cup applesauce

1/2 cup milk or dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Combine dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and blend. If batter is too thick, slowly mix in water to thin the batter.

If desired, add in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into a greased muffin pan or paper liners and cook at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Yields: 12 – 16 muffins, depending on scoop size.

Calories: 80 calories per muffin with chocolate chips, 70 calories without chocolate chips (based on a 12-serving size yield).