I get a lot of questions about cow milk alternatives. For those of you still enjoying Paleo granola or who have a weaned Paleo Toddler, here’s a run down of my favorite Paleo friendly milk alternative beverages that can be purchased. Read the nutrition labels carefully when purchasing the following. Different brands or flavors add different ingredients. The ingredient to avoid at all costs is added refined sugars in the form of cane syrup/ juice and anything you don’t recognize ending in the suffix -ose.
Whole Coconut Milk. Yum. This is not the light stuff! It typically comes in a can- look for a BPA free brand. This milk is thick, creamy and often somewhat solid at room temperature. It can be diluted with water if that makes it easier to drink.
Coconut Milk Beverage (Sugar Free Version): Yes, it is called a beverage because it contains both milk and water. Warning: unless it says sugar free, it contains refined sugar products. This can be purchased in the refrigerated section of your local grocer and is typically sold in a paper milk carton. Coconut Milk beverage is a blend of emulsifiers, coconut milk and coconut water.
Cultured Coconut Milk (Original Flavor): This can be purchased in the refrigerated section of your local grocer. It comes in a plastic carton. Cultured coconut milk contains coconut milk, water, emulsifiers, and watch out for the tapioca derived dextrose (remember that -ose is code for refined sugar) if you are strict on refined sweeteners. The brand I buy has 3 grams of sugar per serving. Cultured Coconut Milk contains live cultures of probiotics.
Unsweetened Almond Milk: This is sold both on the grocery shelf and in the refrigerated section. The important word on the bottle is unsweetened. It contains water, almonds, emulsifiers, and added vitamins. You can also buy an unsweetened chocolate version. Almond milk froths well too for homemade lattes.