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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Restaurant Review: Unity Diner, Shoreditch’s vegan hotspot

London has seen hundreds of vegan restaurants and cafés pop up as veganism gained popularity over recent years, but Shoreditch’s latest addition is a special one − a completely non-profit restaurant.

I went down to Unity Diner to see if it was worth the hype, and let me tell you: it truly was.

Unity Diner, opened by vegan activist Ed Winters (known online as Earthling Ed), donates all the profits made from their delicious food to Winters’ animal rights organisation Surge.

The restaurant has a blue exterior, which really stands out next to Hoxton Market’s dull buildings. Inside, it looks quaint and simple, with vegan art on the wall–the most noticeable one being a painting of several animals on a blue background, with a neon sign saying “the future is VEGAN”. I already know you’re going to see that all over Instagram.

The food was delicious too. I ordered the Surge Burger (and replaced the ranch mayo with hot buffalo sauce because no meal is a real meal without hot sauce), with a side of onion rings.

I nearly cried when I first tasted my food.

The burger was amazing. It didn’t fall apart at any time, as most vegan burgers do, and the flavours worked really well together. I was also surprised to be able to taste every single ingredient, which I loved. It was genuinely the best vegan burger I have ever had.

The onion rings were perfect, and also surprisingly massive. Despite being typically unhealthy dishes, both the onion rings and the Surge Burger tasted like real food.

The meal was affordable, and would have been worth it even if it had been more expensive. The bill included a 12.5% service charge, which goes to their really kind and friendly front of house and kitchen staff.

The work the people at Unity Diner do is incredible. Everything they do is to free animals from oppression and violence, and it’s clear that they are all passionate about it. As explained in a post on the restaurant’s Instagram page, another one of their main aims is to “show the non-vegan public how awesome vegan food is”, and their entire menu is made of mouth-watering vegan versions of popular foods such as chicken wings, mac and cheese, burgers, and more.

There is a lovely feeling of union and belonging in the restaurant, which perfectly explains the choice of name. I recommend it for everyone; vegan or non-vegan.

You can visit Unity Diner for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks any day of the week at 5 Hoxton Market (closest tube station: Old Street).