Did you know that a plant-based diet can put an extra 10 years on your lifespan? Yep, if you lead a healthy lifestyle, eating plants is proven to improve your overall wellbeing. So for this reason and others (read on), World Plant Milk Day seems a good time take a closer look.
World Plant Milk Day? Yes, this is the third annual celebration of this international day that promotes vegan alternatives to dairy milk. The campaign has attracted the attention of millions of people around the world (including you!) and is credited with helping to accelerate the transition from dairy milk to the rich variety of plant-based alternatives.
Why are they so good? Well, for starters they don’t trample all over animal rights. Some non-vegans may wonder what is so bad about dairy milk, but once you’ve acquainted yourself with the facts about the cruel practices of artificial insemination, you probably won’t be asking that question again.
In addition to this, plant milks take much less water and land to produce than dairy milk so they are way better for the planet.
Whereas once the alternative was pretty much limited to soy, there are no a whole heap of different plant milks to choose from – think almond, coconut, oat, cashew, pea, hemp, rice and peanut milk, just for starters.
Aussies are jumping aboard the bandwagon with many stores and cafes offering a good selection, so much so that the plant-based milk category in Australia has grown by almost 60 per cent in the past two years. Many plant milks contain more calcium, less sugar and fewer calories, and they are easier to digest than dairy.
Oat milk is the latest trend. It’s derived from whole oat grains, by soaking them to extract the nutrients. Oat milk naturally has a creamy texture and a oatmeal-like flavour. It’s still pretty new here in Australia but in the US it’s already the number two choice at coffee shops. If you want to set up your own tasting flight of plant milks, check out the US-based Califia Farms range of plant-based drinks including plant milks and ready-to-drink cold brew coffee, now available here.
Califia Farms – Oat Barista Blend 4
Califia Farms -Mocha Noir Cold Brew Coffee
Main image: Sam Harris courtesy of Califia Farms.