Plant-Based Diet Staple #1: Soy Milk

Soy milk, as far as I’m concerned, is the ultimate plant-based diet staple. Not only does it come in delicious flavors such as vanilla, but it has more protein and fiber than regular milk. The biggest benefit of going soy, however, is the fact that it contains isoflavones, which are chemicals similar to the hormone estrogen. Isoflavones protect against a whole host of health problems: cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis and more.

Soy milk is a must for us plant-based diet-ers because by forgoing dairy, we need to make sure we’re still getting the fiber, protein, and calcium we need!

Drink soy milk in:

  • Smoothies
  • Chai Lattes
  • Cereal
  • For breakfast
  • In your coffee/latte/regular coffee shop addiction

Buyer’s Guide:

Light vs. Normal

There’s a very subtle taste difference between light and normal soy milk. Light soy milk is a little less bold than its normal companion, but other than that there’s not too much of a difference. So forgo the normal soy milk in exchange for its calorie-light alternative.

Flavored vs. Nonflavored

One word: vanilla. Seriously, if you’re new to the whole soy milk world, going with the vanilla-flavored kind will be the best way to dip your feet into the water.

Brand Distinction

Really, you can’t go wrong with any brand as long as it isn’t the instant kind. If it’s in a carton and says “Soy Milk”, chances are it’s delicious. But my personal favorite is vanilla-flavored Silk, although the store brand works just fine in smoothies and other mixtures.


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