When I was growing up in the American Midwest, dairy was ubiquitous. From the milk on my cereal to the butter on my baked potato — it was almost impossible to conceive a meal without some form of dairy product.
These days, lots of folks (me included) are scaling down or living without dairy. For some, the shift is motivated by a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance. For others, living dairy free is part of a commitment to eat more plants and fewer animal products.
Regardless of why you’re avoiding dairy, changing your diet is a big deal. Here are a few tips to help keep you happy, satisfied and inspired.
Don’t give up what you love. There are lots of great dairy alternatives on the market and new products arrive every week. If you’re crazy for ice cream, check out SoDelicious dairy-free frozen desserts. If you’re an aficionado of fine cheese, look for Kite Hill Nutmilk-Based Cheeses. Made with almonds plus French cheesemaking expertise, Kite Hill products closely resemble the flavor and texture of traditional cheese.
Celebrate the art of substitutions. Did you know that soaked and pureed cashews can be used to make Creamy Cashew Macaroni opens in a new tab? Or that Tofu Ricotta opens in a new tab can stand in for cheese in lasagna? Learn more dairy free substitutions. opens in a new tab
Discover dairy-free recipes. Our recipe database opens in a new tab allows you to search more than 2000 chef-tested dairy-free recipes. From the main search page, choose “Advanced Search” and then select “Dairy Free.” You’ll find gems like Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake Bites opens in a new tab.
Learn to read labels. You probably know to avoid ingredients like milk and whey, but what about lactoglobulin? Our dairy free resource page opens in a new tab has a handy list of hidden sources of dairy.
Bone-up on calcium-rich foods. Lots of folks look to dairy as their main source of calcium, but milk’s not the only way to build strong bones. Check out our list of common nuts, seeds and vegetables opens in a new tab that can help you meet your recommended daily allowance of calcium.
Have you been living dairy free? What are your favorite tips and tricks?