The healthy eating and weight loss plans on the Lose Baby Weight plan include having tasty smoothies once or twice a day and a lot of people on the healthy eating plans are unsure about what kind of milk to use.
Dairy milk seems to be the first port of call for adding into smoothies and whilst dairy milk is without doubt the most common milk and also packs a nutritional punch there are also lots of other choices such as Rice Milk, Soy Milk, Oat Milk or Almond Milk so you don’t have to have dairy milk if you choose not to.
Many people can also have an intolerance to dairy milk or if you are breastfeeding many mums find that their baby can have an intolerance to dairy and it can make colic symptoms worse, so it may be best to eliminate it from your diet.
But if you and your bub do not have a dairy intolerance then low fat dairy milk is fine to use if you prefer to use it.
If you are using a soy or rice milk, always make sure to buy a non genetically brand as soy and rice are one of the most highly sprayed food with pesticides that there is so always go non GM – and please note that our Healthy Mummy products are all non genetically modified. We also suggest buying a brand fortified with calcium.
Rice milk is made from brown rice. In an industrial setting, the milk is made by pressing the grains and running them through water. Some people also make rice milk at home by boiling up grains of rice with water. One of the main advantages of rice milk is that it does not contain any lactose, which is the component of milk which many people are allergic or intolerant to. It can be safely substituted for cows’ milk in recipes, on cereal or in cups of tea and coffee. As well as the absence of lactose, there is very little calcium and protein in rice milk, which means that it may not be suitable for children or other groups who require a source of these in their diet. However most rice milks today are fortified with calcium and protein so nutritionally speaking you are not at a disadvantage from using it. Also – make sure you buy non genetically modified rice milk so you are not taking in chemicals.
Soy Milk is one of the most common forms of milk found in Asia and is made by soaking and grinding up soy beans with water. When processed, soy milk can be made into tofu which is used extensively in Japanese and Chinese dishes. Looking at the composition, soy milk has more protein and less fat than cows’ milk, which makes it a popular choice with those watching their weight. Soy milk is widely available around the world and is the most popular alternative to dairy products for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. Soy based infant formula is regularly prescribed to babies who cannot tolerate the relatively high levels of lactose found in formula based on cows’ milk. Just make sure you buy a low fat brand and one that is not genetically modified
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