Got grass milk? 5 alternatives to traditional dairy
May 24, 2012
By Nancy Ryerson
If you don’t want your standard glass of milk, you can find soy milk, almond milk, rice milk and now … grass milk? Don’t worry, it’s not made from anyone’s lawn, but it does come from cows who consume a diet of only grass and hay, rather than corn or animal byproducts (ew!).
Organic Valley Grassmilk is only available at Whole Foods on the West Coast so far, but denizens of the rest of the country can find plenty of other healthy and eco-friendly options out there — if you know what to look for. Whether you’re dairy-free, want to chug something low in fat but high in calcium or want your cereal to be more sustainable, there’s probably a milk for you at your local supermarket.
Grassmilk Reduced Fat 2% from Organic Valley
Nutrition: 150 calories, 5 g fat, 8 g protein, 30% daily value of calcium A more sustainable alternative to traditional milk.
Nutrition: 60 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1 g protein, 45% daily value of calcium Low in fat and calories, creamy and delicious. Watch out for added sweeteners.
Nutrition: 90 calories, 3.5 g fat, 6 g protein, 45% daily value of calcium Look for soy milk made with non-GMO soybeans.
Nutrition: 120 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1 g protein, 30% daily value of calcium It’s thinner than the other milks but is great in cereal and coffee.
Coconut milk (beverage)
Nutrition: 80 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g protein, 10% daily value of calcium, 50% daily value of vitamin B12 It’s higher in fat, but creamy and delicious in a glass. Look for organic brands.