Whether you're used to a dairy-free lifestyle or just trying it on for size, there are certain cravings that never quite disappear. Here are some easy swaps to make when your sweet tooth strikes.
- Instead of chocolate ice cream: Try chocolate soy milk — the similarity in taste is uncanny. Most people who try it end up liking it so much they stop buying dairy milk completely.
- Instead of cookies and milk: Try graham cereal in vanilla almond milk. Soaking graham crackers and then drinking the cinnamon-packed milk may bring you back to your childhood, so try this twist on an old favorite. In addition, this combo may actually leave you feeling more fulfilled. Worth trying: Puffin's Cinnamon cereal.
- Instead of peach cobbler: Try grilled peaches over vanilla coconut ice cream. This is a fun treat to make postdinner, especially if you are already grilling. The peaches only need to be sliced in half and warmed enough to melt the soft, delicious soy ice cream.
For a decadent dairy-free twist on traditional ice cream, whip up a batch with rich and creamy coconut milk. You'll save money and skip out on the corn syrup and artificial flavors often found in store-bought pints. Don't worry — no ice cream maker is needed to give these five delicious recipes a go.
Bake time: 30 minutes, oven preheated to 325°
Serves: varies, but bakes in a 3-quart (9×13) glass baking dish
Ingredients (Part One)
- 2 cups quinoa
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups chopped raw yellow squash
- 2 cups steamed cauliflower
- 2 handfuls arugula (or spinach)
Directions for quinoa
- To cook quinoa, bring 4 cups water to a boil.
- Then add in 2 cups dry quinoa and bring back to boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or till water is gone.
Dairy products aren't the only choices when it comes to high-protein snacks. If you're eating a diet minus milk, or you just want a low-cal snack that's high in protein, check out these 150-calorie snacks that don't contain a drop of dairy.
- One serving of spicy roasted chickpeas (one fourth of this recipe: 134 calories, 5.6 grams protein
- Twenty-one raw almonds: 146 calories, 5.4 grams protein
- Six-ounce container of vanilla O'Soy Yogurt: 150 calories, seven grams protein
- One slice whole-wheat bread (100 calories, four grams protein) smeared with half a tablespoon natural peanut butter (53 calories, two grams protein): 153 calories, six grams protein
- Two Mini S'mores Luna Bars: 140 calories, eight grams protein
Keep reading for five more dairy-free snack ideas.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, pumpkin pie, oh my! Thanksgiving is not only a time to give thanks and surround yourself with loved ones, but it's also the annual holiday most known for its savory signature dishes. For some, this means gorging on yams, biscuits, and casseroles, but for others the day means worrying about food sensitivities and allergies that can be triggered by basic ingredients in a number of dishes. If you're lactose intolerant, Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming since so many delicious food items contain milk and dairy products. Here are some simple tips for surviving Thanksgiving and still indulging like everyone else if you are lactose intolerant.
How can a hot slice of ooey-gooey cheese pizza taste so good but make you feel so bad? If you're lactose intolerant, even one bite could have you racing to the bathroom. Here are some tips to help you deal with your dairy-filled world.
- If your body can't tolerate any dairy products whatsoever, keep Lactaid pills with you at all times. Lactose intolerance is caused by a lactase deficiency, the enzyme needed to break down the lactose (milk sugar) in your food. If the lactose doesn't get broken down, it causes major bloating, gas, or diarrhea. Just pop a pill with your first bite of food containing dairy, and you're all set. If one pill doesn't offer the magic, take another.
- A package of 60 Lactaid brand caplets costs around $15, so if you're going through three or more pills a day, this can be a big expense. Buy them in bulk and save some dough — Kirkland brand costs $16.50 for 180.
- If you're not into popping Lactaid pills, avoiding dairy is your best bet, which means being a keen label reader. Look for words such as milk, milk powder, butter, buttermilk, cream, cheese, whey, curds, or milk solids. Hidden lactose can be found in baked goods, dressings, chips, instant soups, candies, pancake mixes, margarine, and even certain medications. If you think a food might have dairy in it, but you're not sure, don't take the chance.
Keep reading for more lactose intolerance tips.
Whether you're avoiding cow's milk for health or moral reasons, there are tons of dairy-free beverages to pour over your bowl of cereal. Not sure which is the best choice? Check out the chart to see how milk alternatives compare to skim milk, and then read the explanations below to see why you might want to choose one over the other.
We put skim milk on the top of the chart to help make the comparisons between dairy and nondairy milks.
|Serving Size = 1 cup||Calories||Total Fat (g)||Sat Fat (g)||Carbs (g)||Protein (g)||Calcium (%)|
|Organic Valley Skim Milk||90||0||0||12||8||30|
|Pacific Almond Milk, original||60||2.5||0||8||1||0|
|Pacific Almond Milk, vanilla||70||2.5||0||11||1||0|
|Silk Pure Coconut Milk, original||80||5||5||7||1||45|
|Silk Pure Coconut Milk, vanilla||90||5||5||10||1||45|
|Hazelnut Milk, original||110||3.5||0||18||2||30|
Keep on reading to see how much protein is in hemp, oat, and soy milk.
Traditionally, dairy is the backbone of baking because it's what keeps cookies, cakes, and bars moist, fluffy, and held together. But being dairy-free doesn't mean you have to give up rich desserts and settle for dense, flavorless rocks that label themselves as treats. There are ways to substitute these key ingredients in baking, resulting in desserts that can even fool the milkman. Vegan or lactose intolerant? Then check out these healthy, dairy-free cookie and bar recipes and get baking!
Cheese is such a treat, and in vegan and dairy-free cooking it's often lackluster — think grainy, slimy, and just generally fake tasting. Luckily, it's not all bad. Whether it's sliced in a sandwich, melted on top of a pizza, or smeared across a bagel, here are five types of dairy-free, vegan cheese that will have you wanting more.