Cows milk is for calves!
There are so many alternatives to cows milk that it would take you a few weeks to buy and try them all. Most are located in the long life milk section in the supermarket, a few sometimes in the fridge.
Use as a replacement in baking, in tea and coffee, on cereal, in smoothies, in anything that you would have used cows milk for.
Tips for tea and coffee
All plant based milks taste quite different so don't give up if you don't like the first one you try. It may take you a few weeks to get used to a different taste. You may find you no longer need to add sugar depending on the milk you try. If you have trouble with the milk not mixing with the hot drink, try heating the milk or leaving the milk poured in the cup while the coffee stands.
Here are some types of plant based milks to try:
There are so many brands of soy milk available, including supermarkets own brand. Try Vitasoy Soy Milky range for a taste similar to cows milk, or vanilla soy milks for a great taste in coffee. Watch out for Vitasoy Calci Plus - this isn't vegan! it contains vitamin D from wool fat.
Try nut milks in smoothies, baking, vegan cheesey sauces, hot chocolate, and more.
Rice milk is generally a thinner, lighter texture than soy milk.
You can even get milks made from oats, or oats and nuts, and even quinoa, a superfood!
If you are a fan of a certain brand of creamy chocolate milk then fear not! You can have this in a delicious dairy free alternative! Little island coconut milk.
Alpro single cream is available in some supermarkets. You can also use a tin of coconut cream, any brand, probably thicker/higher coconut content the better, and whisk it up. For sour cream try Tofutti, available from the cruelty free shop in Auckland and online.