Ask Amy: I’ve heard that milk isn’t good for a PCOS diet. What is the best milk alternative? – Tracey, Atlanta, GA
Amy says: Drinking milk isn’t a great choice for a PCOS diet for a variety of reasons (see Don’t Be A Dairy Queen). So if you want to avoid dairy, what can you have in your morning oatmeal? There are a number of milk alternatives on the market. However, it is important to read labels because many varieties can be high in sugar and carbs. Rice milk tends to be high carbohydrate and I don’t recommend soy milk.
My favorite dairy alternative at present is So Delicious Coconut Milk . It comes in 3 flavors and the Unsweetened version has 0 sugar and only 1 carb per 1 cup serving. I rarely eat breakfast cereal, but I have smoothies several times a week and I often use it as the base for my smoothie recipes. It has a very mild, almost undetectable coconut taste. For some info on the health benefits of coconut read my post about coconut oil.
Before I discovered So Delicious Coconut Milk, I was hooked on Almond Milk. It is the most common nut milk that you’ll find in the grocery store, but there are others out there like hazelnut and cashew. I typically buy Silk Pure Almond. The Unsweetened version has the same sugar and carb count as the coconut milk. Believe it or not, it is actually not too hard to make almond milks at home. This recipe for raw almond milk from Happy Foody is simple and delicious.
Hemp Milk is made from the seed of the hemp plant. I personally don’t think this alternative is as tasty as coconut or almond. I don’t mind Hemp Dream. It doesn’t come unsweetened but it is also low in carbs and has some protein and Omega 3’s in the milk because it is make of this high protein and EFA seed. The carb count is low too with 8 grams of carbs and 6 grams of sugar
Non-dairy Cream Alternative
I must admit that this is my favorite of all the non-dairy alternatives. If you are looking for an alternative to cream or coffee creamer there is a wonderful product on the market called Mimic Creme. You can use it in soups and desserts just like you would use cream. If you want a coffee creamer you have to order the specific coffee creamer because it doesn’t separate in your cup like the main creamer product does. If you are one for flavored creamers – this is a very healthy alternative as it doesn’t contain corn syrup or hydrogenated fats as most flavored creamers on the market do.
Now I feel like I can have my cream and drink it too!