A little while back I posted my review for So Good soy milk. Well the same company, Earth’s Own, makes a rice milk called ryza. Despite the fact that I have a dairy allergy and have more or less followed a dairy-free diet for thirty-some years, I had never heard of rice milk before so I simply had to give this a try.
We tried out the original “plain” ryza, there is also a vanilla flavoured version. As with soy milk, for me the draw isn’t in drinking a glass of this straight, but in using it for cooking. I love that by subbing ryza into my recipes I am sneaking in a serving of whole grains. As I’ve mentioned before my toddler is following a dairy-free diet, so I often have to make separate dishes for her at dinner time. I make mashed potatoes fairly regularly, and she ends up with a small portion of plain boiled potatoes. For fairly obvious reasons it’s not something she’s crazy about. I’ve been experimenting using either So Good soy milk or ryza rice milk to prepare her potatoes. She likes both, so I’ve been leaning towards using ryza as I like sneaking in the whole grains. I also like that there is no added sugar. And, personally, I enjoy the taste. Ryza mashed potatoes? Not bad at all!
* ryza is free of gluten, wheat, dairy, lactose and soy
* ryza is rich in whole grains and low in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol
* ryza contains several essential nutrients including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin & phosphorous.
* ryza is fortified with added Calcium, Vitamins A + D
* ryza is the only non-dairy beverage with a full-serving of whole grains per glass
* one cup of ryza contains one full 16g serving of whole grains
* ryza is made right here in Canada by a Canadian owned company – Earth’s Own.
You can use ryza in all of your recipes in place of milk or water to make them dairy free or to add in some wholesome whole grains. Ryza does have a naturally sweet taste, so it doesn’t always work in savoury dishes, but it’s perfect for baking.(Feel free to experiment and report back. I’d love to hear how others are making out with subbing ryza into recipes!)