Benefits of Vegan Alternatives
Did you know that almost everyone at Let’s Sanitise adopts vegan alternatives into their diet. Whether that’s using oat milk in their morning coffee or using a dairy free cheese in their sandwich at lunchtime, there are so many options out there to choose from.
It’s only right that in light of milk alternative day earlier this week (22nd August) we start with the easiest one to add into your daily routine. There are now so many options to chose from such as the most popular ones which include oat, hazelnut, cashew, sow, almond and hemp. These are most commonly used in drinks but also work great in cooking and baking. My personal go to is always oat milk and it complements my iced latte perfectly. A lot of people enjoy a slightly nutter taste to their coffee so almond is also extremely popular - it just depends on your personal preference! Most coffee shops also offer these alternatives, making it easy for you on the go.
Alternative yoghurts are another one of my favourites and are a subtle change to make to your diet as the taste can be so similar to a regular dairy yoghurt - especially if it is flavoured!
These dairy-free products are fortified with vitamins but also filled with probiotic bacteria. This means vegans can get some of the same health benefits as ordinary, dairy yoghurt.
Alternative cheeses are a lot harder to replicate the real deal but they are vastly improving with plenty of different brands and flavours to try. They are made using a variety of ingredients, including coconuts, nuts, solidified vegetable oil and aquafaba which is the water from a can of chickpeas, and used to lighten any recipe. A number of cheese substitutes are available, from mozzarella to cheddar and cream cheese, however, a great substitute for parmesan is dried nutritional yeast flakes. It is a great source of B12 and other B vitamins.
To summarise, vegan alternatives are rich in vitamins and minerals. Additionally, most of them are low in fat and do not contain cholesterol like most dairy products. They have a healthy combination of mono- and polyunsaturated fats and great for people with a slow digestive system.
So, if you’re considering substituting for plant based products, this is your sign to go for it!