4 Sources For Tasty Alternatives To Traditional Milk

Milk is a versatile staple that can be consumed as a drink, mixed into shakes and smoothies, or used as an ingredient to make delicious baked goods. However, not everyone can enjoy dairy due to either intolerance, moral opposition, or personal preference. Here, listed in no particular order, are several companies that offer alternatives to traditional milk.

At #1 is Nutpods, which was originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign and has since expanded into more than 13,000 retail stores across the United States. Using almonds, coconuts, and other natural ingredients, the company creates dairy-free and froth-friendly creamers for coffee and tea.

Flavors include french vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, and cinnamon. Committed to reducing fossil fuel dependence, Nutpods' packaging contains up to 95% plant-based renewable raw materials.

Next up at #2 is Good Karma, a belief-driven company that aims to inspire people with positive energy. Using flaxseed as the main ingredient, the team ensures that their drinks are free of additives and major allergens, minimally processed, and full of good fats. Some of the brand's plant-based goods include Flaxmilk, dips, sour cream, and yogurt.

Good Karma's Flaxmilk is sold in lunchbox cartons, quarts, and half gallons, and is available in vanilla, chocolate, and unsweetened varieties. The company's line of Cultured Probiotic Flaxmilk beverages contains 1,200 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids per serving, plus five grams of plant-based protein. Good Karma also shares recipes of smoothies, desserts, main courses, snacks, and hot drinks on its website.

Coming in at #3 is Protein Bar & Kitchen. Started in 2009 as a small storefront in Chicago, the company offers nutritious, protein-packed shakes as well as salads, wraps, and bowls that can be customized to accommodate a variety of diets. For busy customers, the team provides free office delivery upon a minibar request. Ordering is available through the brand's mobile app as well.

Protein shakes can all be made with coconut or 2% milk upon request, and most are vegan or can be made vegan. Flavors include Berry Good, Avo-Matcha, Big Date, and Health Nut. Protein Bar & Kitchen also advocates a pay it forward project where customers can donate an entree or shake to healthcare workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Finally, at #4 is Queal, which aspires to help improve food habits and support healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the group offers meals such as instant oats, shakes, bars, and Flow, a nootropic that can be mixed into any drink. Made from oats, soy, corn, vegetable oils, and added vitamins & minerals, Queal's powdered Steady Shakes are available in flavors like Cool Chocolate, Morning Macchiato, and Carrot Break. Customers can specify if their diet type is vegan, agile, or athletic.

Queal uses reusable and recyclable plastic pouches that contain three shelf-stable meals in a single bag. The company also aims to provide sustainable ingredients by sourcing them locally or in nearby countries, reducing the use of fossil fuels from transportation.