Almond Milk Vs. Rice Milk: Which is Healthier?

Hey Davey,

I recently switched from cow’s milk to non-dairy alternatives, but I was wondering: Is rice milk or almond milk a healthier option?

Thanks,
Luke

rice milkHey Luke,

There are some pretty big differences between rice milk and almond milk – not the least of which is taste. Personally, I much prefer the rich and creamy taste/texture of almond milk.

Aside from taste, almond milk tends to be lower in calories, carbohydrates and sugar – but often richer in nutrients. As a point of comparison, the unsweetened almond milk that I buy contains only 30 calories, zero grams of sugar and 2 carbohydrates. A serving of rice milk, on the other hand, contains 120 calories, 10 grams of sugar and 23 carbohydrates. That’s a fairly large difference.

When it comes to nutrients, keep in mind that most commercial non-dairy milks are fortified with added calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E, etc. But if you’re making your almond or rice milk at home, almond milk is richer in naturally occurring nutrients.

Speaking of making milk at home, did you know that almond milk is actually very simple to make – and that it only has two ingredients? It’s super easy.

You’ll need one cup of raw almonds for every two cups of water.

Start by soaking almonds overnight, and then rinse them off. Add the cup of almonds (which will have expanded overnight) to the two cups of water in a blender. Blend on high speed for a few minutes and then strain the mixture with cheesecloth. Press out any of the extra liquid from the cheesecloth and then store in the refrigerator. It should keep for a few days.

Making your own almond milk is cheap, easy and you’ll know exactly what went into it.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. sylv3st3r says:

    got fake milk? gross.

    • Not as gross as the puss and blood in cow milk. Not to mention all the cow hormones.

  2. Yummy, I love homemade almond milk, I’ve made it a few times the exact same way you described and added 2 tbs of raw cocoa, so you get delicious healthy chocolate almond milk ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Davey,
    Lately I have been drinking almond milk instead of dairy milk is it healthier than dairy or should I swich to rice milk?

    Thanks, Emmanuel

  4. What about oat milk?

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