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What can I use to replace MILK?

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Jul 10, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Newbies ask me this question all the time when they learn that milk, contrary to the $50 million advertising budget of the Dairy Council, isn’t a good food for humans. It’s not even a particularly useable form of calcium (unless you’re a baby cow). Plus it’s mucous forming, and when your body is battling mucous and acidity, it can’t flourish. In fact, it’s a perfect breeding ground for various infections and viruses.

So, the good news is, replacing dairy is EASY. Check out this tour of a health food store, looking at the options!

Posted in: Nutrition, Robyn Recommends, Videos

16 thoughts on “What can I use to replace MILK?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    did i miss something in the video, the blog was about milk but the video wasnt. i would love to learn more about other milk options.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Cheleen, yeah, sorry, Chris posted for me while I was out of town….will ask him now to put up the right video!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So how do you get an 18 month old to get the calcium he needs, as well as calories and fat, if not from milk? I understand eating leafy greens, even in smoothies, but he just doesn’t eat much of anything right now, but he loves milk. I’d love any thoughts and ideas on this as I truly want to do what’s best for my boy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Please explain to me why Kefir is ok though? I have heard people use cow’s milk for this, but don’t drink cow’s milk. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Robyn you explained it so well at your class!! Thank you.

    We use almond milk, coconut milk (and I’ve even made them at home, one or twice, lol… I’ll get there ;))

    *There was a time, years ago, when I almost laughed out loud when being told dairy isn’t necessary. I couldn’t believe it more now!

    I’ve found that since converting to at least 60% raw diet and adding a quart, at least, of green smoothie a day, I don’t feel like I need kefir, and probably more so if I was eating more sprouted foods.

    If you are going to use kefir, I would imagine that coconut kefir is fine (made in the coconut milk or coconut water).

    I started giving my babies green smoothies as early as, well when they could hold the cup, so maybe 9/10 months.

    Its no joke, when we have dairy my little girl, who is almost two, gets a green runny nose. She has basically had colds every month or every month or every other month since 6 months old, unless I truly (which is HARD) cut our dairy.

    (*A disturbing fact is (lol) my Dr said 7-10 colds a year are normal -my son, who’s 3 1/2 would get head colds (not always a runny nose, just massive congestion) also from 6 months on. I just don’t think that is “normal”)

    I’m now trying to cut out gluten products (and of course white flour and sugar).

    Thanks Robyn!! I loved hearing your story. I hope to email you to share with you our experience 🙂


  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve switched over to Rice Milk and had no idea I would really benefit from it until I kept thinking, gee I haven’t had ANY allergy problems, sore throats/strep throat or worse. i had these miserable symptoms year round and it was such a pain with discomfort and time to the doctors not to mention all the drugs they wanted me on. No thanks!! My BF was drinking gallons of milk weekly when I first met him and now he’s on Rice Milk, almond milk and coconut. It was kinda a hard sell at first since I was the same person cutting out the meat, dairy and well basically all the junk food like Robyn. Big meanie huh? I had to let him slowly realize for himself he felt better and then they really want to keep with it . I only wish our darn Costco would sell the Rice Milk like yours in Utah Robyn. Not fair. A friend of my Bf’s just told him to be advised that since we were cutting out the meat and much dairy we are going to have calcium and protein problems. Funny, I quickly handed my Bf plenty of reading material for his dear friend to help educate him that we are not going to be deficient in these areas if we are loaded up on your leafy greens in our green smoothies. He’s pretty old school so I think people just don’t understand it. I’m trying to spread the word one person at a time Robyn even handed out a couple of your famous Hot pink b-fast smoothies. The Bf asks for this daily so thanks to you it’s working.

    Ps. I really hope your feeling much better. 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    For sure a better option than cow’s milk! Just be advised with Almond Breeze that the regular has cane juice… in other words… SUGAR! We’ve gotten the unsweetened & then added stevia. My son, Jake, loves it without stevia. The best I’ve found tho, is a recipe for homemade almond milk made out of soaked almonds! It is raw, & fabulous!! I know Robyn you’re giving us alternatives that are DEFINITELY better than cow’s dairy, I just wanted to submit some other ideas, too. 🙂 ♥

  7. Anonymous says:

    yeah, thanks, helpful:)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Since decreasing my dc cow’s milk over the past year, they have gotten sick so much less. I just this week stopped buying any dairy milk from the store (they went from drinking the MD recommended 3 cups a day to drinking it just for breakfast… they get 100% OJ instead for a “treat”…which also isn’t the best but I’m convinced its better than milk….and this is the only fruit juice they get). They do get a green smoothie about once/day and eat raw lettuce or spinach 1-2 meals/day. I make Almond Milk in the vitamix. After its strained, I add 1/2 banana, a couple of dates, and a spoonful of cocoa powder to it, then reblend it a few seconds. This is OUR chocolate milk and we love it. DH found out 2 years ago that he had a dairy allergy, and since not drinking milk his used to be constant sinus infections are rare. Our next tackle is to slowly get rid of the cheese <<<<>>>>>.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Kefir and yogurt that is cultured w/ a broad spectrum of bacteria are fine because the bacteria eats up the lactose and denatures a good amount of the protein that causes problems for many people. I don’t have allergy symptoms and snotty sinuses w/ kefir and yogurt like I do w/ liquid milk. For toddlers and young kids, whole milk yogurt or kefir blended w/ a banana is a good alternative to liquid milk.

    I’d be more concerned w/ a toddler getting enough healthy fat for brain development than I would calcium. Calcium is critically important for kids ages 6-18 when they are the most active in physical activity and put a lot of stress on their young bodies. That’s also the age range for the most bone growth and building stores of calcium in the bones. For toddlers though, ages 12 months to 5 years, brain and nervous system development takes priority and high amounts of healthy fats are critical. Toddlerhood is also the perfect time to introduce a wide range of green foods. They may reject it at first, but typically by age 5, they are used to the taste of green foods and accept them readily, a perfect avenue for dairy-free calcium consumption!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe we, the mass public had been duped into thinking that Soy milk is oh so healthy for so long (and still are). My mother, who has osteoporosis and some thyroid issues switched to Soy milk years ago because she heard it was such a “healthy” alternative to getting calcium without lactose problems. She still drinks milk on occasion when she is away from home since most people still have milk in the fridge.i I wish I had known years ago so I could’ve stopped her from consuming soy milk and it doing more harm than the good she thought it was doing for her. I tried getting her to drink hemp milk once but I knew she wouldn’t bother going to buy more after she ran out and she doesn’t live nearby so it’s not something I can really monitor. Makes me wonder if the soy contributed to osteoporosis when it was the very thing she was trying to prevent.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Roxanne for posting and explaining. I am not sure if you are going to see this e-mail site again. But, do you think that the regular yogurt and kefir we can buy at health foods stores is o.k.? Also, I saw kefir made from goats milk. Would that be better? Thanks again for answering my post and question.

  12. I remember when I first read your website and saw what you had said about milk. I was SO SHOCKED! And at the same time I just knew what you were saying was right on as well. Somehow, even after watching multiple food documentaries and being well aware of your program, my family is still buying milk- not even the organic kind! ARGH- ‘scuse me, mucus coming up- So gross!

    My body is SOOO much happier now without the milk and my son loves all the other alternatives to drinking milk, whether its a nut/rice milk, coconut juice, coconut milk, water, or a green smoothie. That makes life much easier! And, I’m glad for Dr. Punger’s book that inspired me to breastfeed longer than one year!

  13. Tiffany says:

    I really like. Barry’s tea every morning, strong Irish tea, I add milk, what alternatives could I try instead of milk? I tried almond milk but it’s not as good. Thank you.

  14. Doreen says:

    Hi Robyn, the video says unavailable.

    1. Elsa Anderson says:

      Hi Doreen, Thank you for advising, I have notified our Web Dev team.

      Here are some great alternatives to milk – preferably homemade… Do your best not to purchase these milks that have a long shelf life as they will be loaded with preservatives:
      – nut milks (almond, cashew, walnut, etc):
      – seed milk (hemp, pumpkin, etc)
      – coconut milk (found in a can. Stay away from added sugar and Guar Gum when possible)
      – kefir:

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