1. Try lots of different milks
I've settled on oat milk as I find the consistency (and taste) most similar to dairy milk. But others love Soy, Almond, sweetened, unsweetened. Have a play around to find what you taste buds like.
2. Transition your (and your family's) tastebuds slowly.
It DOES taste different. What I did was start by using 3:1 parts dairy to non dairy milk - in my coffee, on my cereal, in béchamel sauces, and slowly change the ratio. I'm now at 100% non-dairy most of the time, or at least 1:3 dairy:non-dairy. With this increase of non-dairy milk, I've changed our milk order from 6 dairy, 3 oat milk a week to 3 dairy, 6 oat milk (the kids still mostly prefer dairy or a mix).
3. Ask yourself do you really need milk?
Coffee I found very easy to use oat milk in straight away, but tea just didn't taste quite 'right' with it in. So I actually found that using a dash of cold water was what my tongue wanted, rather than milk, so I did that instead. (I'm now used to the taste, so happy to alternate oat milk or water.)
Nutritional Comparison of Plant & Dairy Milks
|Per 1 Cup / 240ml||Calories||
|Sugars (g)||Protein (g)||
Fat / Saturated Fat
|Vitamin D (mcg) DV||Calcium (mg) DV||Potassium (mg) DV|
|Cow's Milk (low fat)||100||13||13||8||2.5 / 1.5||25%||30%||370|
|(Unsweetened) Almond Milk||30||1||0||1||2.5 / 0||25%||45%||160|
|(Unsweetened) Coconut Milk||45||1||7||0||4 / 3.5||25%||45%||40|
|Oat Milk||130||25||5||4||2.5 /0||25%||25%||90|
|Pea Milk||70||0||0||8||4.5 / 0.5||30%||45%||450|
|Rice Milk||120||23||10||1||2.5 / 0||0%||2%||35|
|Soy Milk||80||4||1||7||4 / 0.5||30%||45%||287|
Remember.... BE KIND to yourself. Take your time - especially with kids. It's really different changing what they drink and eat. Start with things they don't notice so much: porridge, béchamel sauce, offer to pour the milk on their cereal and just put a dash - just to introduce the taste, without the fear of change. And then slowly increase.
You'll get there. I am now. And the rest of the family is slowly coming along too.
ps - I both our organic dairy and oat milk from @freshmilkandmore
Stay safe and keep well,