You know times have really changed when Santa’s drinking almond milk to go with his vegan, sugar-free cookies. This is because people around the world (including the North Pole!) have been paying close attention to the latest science and research surrounding the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
For many, this includes eliminating dairy—and for a number of reasons. (We wrote a blog about this back in July that you can read here.) Although it’s definitely great to make better choices for a healthy diet and lifestyle, there are some things that don’t have to change much to accomplish this—like Christmas traditions!
Leaving a snack and some milk for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve is one tradition that will live on forever. This year, consider pouring Santa a cup of your favourite milk alternative. He might be glad you did, because even Santa could be dairy-free!
Although we use mainly sweet potato milk and brown rice milk in our vice cream (and we only create nut-free flavours so we can accommodate more people with food sensitivities!), here are our other favourite dairy-free milk options to consider pouring instead of regular milk:
Almond milk, a fabulous alternative, is plant-based with a silky texture and a nutty taste. Containing only 60 calories in one cup compared to 146 in whole milk, it can help you avoid dairy and also assist in your weight loss goals!
Almond milk also offers a healthy dose of calcium and vitamin D, which, when working together, help to protect your bones and teeth.
Coconut milk beverage (not to be confused with canned coconut milk or coconut water) is known for its rich and creamy taste, thanks to its higher content of healthy fat (4.5 grams per cup).
Becoming ever so popular for drinking straight from a glass, adding to cereal or a smoothie, or used for cooking and baking, coconut milk can be found in the dairy-free milk section at most grocery stores.
Want to get great protein in milk? Drink some hemp! Made from hemp seeds, hemp milk contains a healthy 5 grams of protein, along with 3 grams of healthy fat. And get this: an entire day’s recommended intake of omega-3 fats! Hemp milk has a strong nutty flavour, which is more popular with savory dishes and great for cooking with.
Cashew milk is similar to almond milk in taste, only a little sweeter and creamier. This makes it great in coffee! Nutrients include 5 grams of fat and a gram of protein.
You can easily make raw creamy cashew milk in seconds with your blender: here’s how! Cashew milk is also an excellent milk alternative for baking, with a little less nutty flavour than almond or hemp milk.
So there you have it! Whether he’s vegan or has a dairy sensitivity (both could apply—you never know!), Santa would probably thoroughly enjoy a cup of dairy-free milk when he can get it. Let’s help him out with that!
And, for a really special treat (if it doesn’t melt or get eaten by an elf before he arrives), leave him a scoop of our 0% dairy vice cream! Try our new holiday flavours that we’ll be debuting for Yaletown’s CandyLand celebration on Saturday November 26th. These include Candy Cane (obviously) and Dark Chocolate Peppermint!
Happy Holidays from Nice Vice!