I’ve been ‘officially’ dairy-free for over 4 years, which was a decision I made myself after doing lots of research into it. Basically, I’m not allergic to dairy, or intolerant, which people often assume. When they catch me fussing around asking café baristas if they offer their coffees with soya or almond milk, I’m aware they often think I’m being overly fussy. And maybe I am a little, but I’ve come to the conclusion that dairy completely aggravates my acne.
It took me years to realise this was one of the main contributors to why I suffered so many breakouts. But when I finally made the cut, and swapped all my milk, cheese and yoghurts to Alpro’s Soya or Almond range, my acne lessened. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a miracle cure, but it completely eased it up. And for the foreseeable, I intend to cut out dairy as much as I can.
If you read my blog often, you might be thinking that’s a bold statement coming from someone who regularly raves about Domino’s pizza and takes snaps of gelato ice-creams. So yes, I do have my weak days where I just can’t turn down a cheesy pizza or a creamy dessert. But I do limit these tremendously, and on the days when I cave, I notice a spike in my breakouts. Eurgh.
Anyway, after years of sticking to Soya and Almond, I finally decided to give Alpro’s Oat Original Milk a go. For those of you who are wondered what on Earth this is, and why it’s worth trying out, I’ve listed some quick points about it below to summarise….
- Oat milk is a tasty vegan alternative, made with pre-soaked oat groats, which are hulled grains broken into fragments.
- It has a mild, slightly sweet taste, which substitutes well for low-fat or skim milk.
- Western herbalists recommend oat milk as a tonic for the nervous system.
- It’s a great option for those on diets, as it is very low in fat and lactose free.
- In just one cup of oat milk, it contains 10 minerals and 15 vitamins, and 36% of the RDA of calcium.
- It’s super high in Vitamin A.
I’m a huge porridge fan, so I decided to introduce oat milk via a huge bowl of hearty oats. What I love so much about warm oats is that you can add just about anything to give it its own unique taste. Flavoured protein powders, cacao nibs, banana, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, honey …. The list is endless.
I’ve been treating myself these cold mornings to this lovely, warming bowl of delicious oats made with oat milk, honey and hazelnuts, and I honestly enjoy it to another level! Oat milk has a similar taste to soya in my opinion, just less creamier and perhaps a tad sweeter.
If consuming these lovely dairy alternatives are going to help me stay spot free and taste yummy, then it looks like I’m an Alpro fan for life!