I love milk. Regular old straight up skim milk. I know regular does not mean skim but let me have that one. For some reason I especially enjoy a glass of milk after greasy food, I’m not sure what that is all about.
I also love coffee. Oddly enough, I do not like regular milk in my Java. I opt for oat milk in my hot cappuccino and almond milk in my lattes. The first cause it seems to fill me up, the latter because it tastes sweeter to me. May all be in my mind. Therefore I did some fact checking.
Overall the main difference between almond and oat milk are calories and carbohydrates, with almond milk offering less of each. Oat milk also may contain higher amounts of fiber, protein and fat than almond milk. Neither contain the wholesome goodness of calcium, vitamin D and A like real milk, but some brands have managed to add these goodies.
For my breakdown, I will start with Almond Milk. I choose this for my iced lattes. It seems to taste sweeter to me. This variety may be easier on the stomach than it’s counterpart. It is absolutely safe for people who are lactose intolerant and obviously not so much for those with nut allergies. It is an excellent source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. Almond milk is low in carbs but on the flip side also low in protein.
My go to for hot cappuccinos is Oat Milk. Apparently that is a great choice since it is creamier therefore easier to froth. It seems to fill me up. Oat milk is good for every one; vegans, lactose intolerant peeps, nut allergy folks. Oh wait a minute, maybe not so much for people with diabetes. It contains fiber, that is probably why it is so filling and for some not as easy on the stomach. The absolute downside of oat milk is that it is pricey, but yet more environmentally conscious then the above mentioned.
Long story short; if you can tolerate it, 1% skim milk is still best for you. I love milk. And as always, it is all in moderation. The tiny bit I consume on a weekly basis in my coffee will continue to be either one that happens to be on sale at Stop n Shop that week!