Alternative Milks For Your Healthy Extra | Slimming World

If you’re a seasoned Slimming World-er or just starting out on your Slimming World journey, you’ll know that your Healthy Extras play a really important part in the plan. You might think your Healthy Extra A choices are just for plain old milk. But there’s so many more alternative milks for your Healthy Extra A!

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What Is Your Healthy Extra A Choice?

As part of the Slimming World plan, Healthy Extras are a vital part of the plan. They provide a measured amount of key nutrients to your meals.

Your Healthy Extra A choices are there to make sure you’re taking in enough calcium each day.  They are a measured amount so you don’t over-consume throughout a regular day on the Slimming World Extra Easy plan.

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It’s not just milk that you can use your Healthy Extra A choices for, you can also use them to have a measured amount of cheese. This time, we’re concentrating on alternative milks for your Healthy Extra.

Cows Milk

It’s possibly the most common use of your Healthy Extra A choices. Many rely on the milk allowance for that all important coffee or tea to kick the day off.

You’re allowed up to 350mls of skimmed milk, 300mls of 1% fat milk, 250mls of semi-skimmed milk and 200mls of whole milk as an A choice.

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The focus on this article, however, is alternative milks for your Healthy Extra. There’s so many different milks that you can choose from! Fantastic if you’re suffering from an intolerance, or simply prefer the taste of other types of milk.

Goats Milk

Whilst still being pretty similar to cows milk, goats milk is thought of being more nutritionally rich. Some may think that the taste is slightly stronger than cows milk, but many people now choose goat over cow, regardless of following Slimming World!

Alternative Milks For Your Healthy Extra | Slimming World

Due to goats milk having increased nutrients compared to cows milk, you’re allowed slightly more of it as a Healthy Extra A choice. You’re allowed 400ml of skimmed goats milk, 275ml of semi-skimmed goats milk and 200ml of whole goats milk.

Due to goats milk having a similar structure to cows milk, it does contain lactose so would not be suitable to those who suffer from a lactose intolerance.

Soya Milk

Soya milk has faced some criticism in the past by those who simply do not like its flavour or slightly thicker texture compared to cows milk. These days, however, it’s more popular than ever.

Soya milk is made from the soy bean, meaning that it’s completely lactose free. Great if you’ve got a lactose intolerance and still want something to pour over your cereal!

Alternative Milks For Your Healthy Extra | Slimming World

You can have 400mls unsweetened soya milk as an HEA choice. 

Lactose Free Milk

Lactose Free Milk is regular milk that’s had all but a tiny percentage of the lactose removed from it. It’s a great alternative to cows milk if you’re lactose intolerant, but still not suitable if you’ve got a milk allergy.

Using your Healthy Extra A choices, you can have up to 275mls of semi-skimmed lactose free milk, and 325mls of 1% lactose free milk.

Oat Milk

Surprising as it may sound, it’s milk made from oats! It might sound a little strange at first, but it’s one of the more creamy milk alternatives.

Alternative Milks For Your Healthy Extra | Slimming World

You can have 250ml of Asda Free From Oat Milk Alternative, which is brill if you’re after an alternative milk for your Healthy Extra with a little more flavour!

Almond Milks

Another alternative milk to use as your Healthy Extra A is almond milk. Almond milk is possibly the best alternative milk to use as your Healthy Extra if you wish to have a large quantity of milk.

As one of your Healthy Extra A choices, you can have 400mls of plain unsweetened almond milk. Alternative Milks For Your Healthy Extra | Slimming World

What’s better, is that almond milk is lactose free. This makes it a fantastic alternative to regular cows milk if you’re unable to have it!

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12 Comments
  1. I love 💖 dairy and most different cow milk 🥛 alternatives also, except rice 🍚; not a fan, however coconut 🥥 milk is great for rice pudding. No extra sweetener required at all, save maybe for a bit of fruit for for dyed flavour or texture.
    Cashew milk allows for 5 cups, amazing! And not too bad in coffee ☕️.

    1. Hi Esme
      Healthy Extra A choice is to provide Calcium – a measured amount of milk or cheese, or dairy free alternatives. Amounts vary depending on the type of milk or cheese and the brand.

      Healthy Extra B choice is for Fibre – wholemeal breads or cereals, some cooked fruits etc. Again, there are so many different types it’s impossible to list them all here.

      We can’t publish lists from SW due to copyright restrictions.

      Please check the Slimming World website, or you can try one of the FB groups such as Syns Allowed or How Many Syns.

    1. Hi Christy
      You’ll need to check the SW website for HEA/HEB info. We can’t publish lists from SW due to copyright restrictions.

      Please check the Slimming World website, or you can try one of the FB groups such as Syns Allowed or How Many Syns.

    1. Hi Aoife
      Healthy Extra A choice is to provide Calcium – a measured amount of milk or cheese, or dairy free alternatives. Amounts vary depending on the type of milk or cheese, and the brand. Thanks for getting in touch. 🙂

  2. Am I reading this correctly 😳 … you can actually have 200ml of alpro chocolate milk for HEA 😮 never knew this !!! I love this stuff!!

    1. Hi Jade
      Unfortunately this is no longer the case, so I’ve revised the article to reflect this. Slimming World launched their revised plan very recently and the website is currently being updated. The Alpro choc milk has been removed from the HEA list. 🙁 Sorry if we got your hopes up, albeit briefly!

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