A couple of years ago I let go of cow’s milk as a part of my diet, for a variety of reasons. Mostly because the more I learned about dairy, the less I wanted it to be in my body. I felt so amazing without it, and I always recommend people reduce the amount they consume (or get off of it completely) for dramatic improvements in weight loss, digestion, skin problems, reproductive issues, low energy and allergies, just to name a few. When people think about giving up dairy, they usually have a panic attack – life without milk, cheese and ice cream!? Well, fear not, my milk-guzzling friends. Fortunately for you, there are some fantastic alternatives for people who want to reduce or eliminate dairy, and without filling up on processed soy products. Here, I give you my favorite milk, cheese and ice cream substitutes. All of these products are 100% dairy free, 100% soy free and 100% yummy.
Favorite MILK substitute:
So Delicious Coconut Milk
This organic coconut milk is amazing if you’re looking for something to add creaminess to your coffee or tea, or to add to cereal, smoothies, or any recipe that calls for milk. I buy the unsweetened kind and I suggest you do the same. The regular and vanilla flavors are sweetened with evaporated cane juice (another name for sugar). Go with the green carton!
Favorite CHEESE substitute:
Non-dairy cheeses are usually gross and waxy tasting. I’ve tried many, and Daiya is the first cheese out there that is dairy free, soy free and also incredibly delicious. I kid you not, this cheese melts just like regular cheese. It’s made from plant ingredients and it’s perfect for things like pizza, quesadillas, and even grilled cheese! I made my family grilled Daiya sandwiches on Christmas Eve last year and they couldn’t even tell the difference. Seriously!
Favorite ICE CREAM substitute:
Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss
It’s time to get rid of the cow’s milk ice cream – especially those low-fat substitutes that are pumped full of chemicals and refined sweeteners. Ick!! If you want a cold, sweet, creamy treat that’s dairy free and made with all organic ingredients, you must RUN, not walk, to your nearest health food store and pick up a pint of Coconut Bliss. It is my go-to treat when a sweet craving strikes. With flavors like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mint Galactica, Dark Chocolate, Cappuccino and Vanilla, you’ll never miss the cow cream. :)
Ever try a dairy substitute that you loved? Hated?