Dairy has to be one of the most controversial topics in the health world. Whether you’re allergic, repelled by it, or you just don’t trust it, dairy is off the menu for more and more people today than ever before. Since it’s been linked to cancer and is rumored to contribute to weak bones, we certainly don’t trust it either. But instead of just sharing with you why you shouldn’t eat it, we also thought we’d give you some tips on how to avoid it more often in case the cheese, yogurt, cream, butter, and milk keep finding their way onto your plate or glass.
Check out our #DitchDairy survival tips below:
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1. Focus on an Item at a Time
If the idea of cutting everything out at once is just a bit too much, then give yourself a break and cut one item out each week (or month even). This is a great way to take in less dairy and also helps you see other choices that you have. Keep cutting one item out regularly until your dairy-fridge is naturally free from cow’s milk products.
2. Don’t be Afraid of Substitutes at First
Sure, processed almond milk and coconut yogurt are not as “pure” as homemade, but for those transitioning, they make all the difference. To keep things healthy, stick with brands and options that are unsweetened, carrageenan-free, and certified non-GMO. Organic and a low ingredient list are also optimal if you can swing it. These should be your go-to items when you’re hankering for the traditional dairy versions. You can always upgrade later if you choose to do so or learn to make your own.
3. Use Nutritional Yeast
It might sound scary, but this is an excellent cheese replacer and even tastes much better than many vegan cheese products. Nutritional yeast tastes just like cheese, so sprinkle it anywhere you desire that flavor. It’s also high in protein, and is often fortified with Vitamin B12 for extra energy and nutrition. Best of all, it’s casein-free unlike dairy-based cheeses that promote addiction and are hard-to-digest.
4. Don’t be Afraid to Try New Things
Dairy-free items might be new to you, but don’t be afraid to try new things. You’d be surprised to see how much dairy-free eating can both satisfy your belly and your taste buds. Always be willing to give new things a shot whenever you can, especially when they have so many benefits behind them.
5. Use Healthy Fats
Instead of butter and cow’s milk products high in fat, use healthier fats like coconut oil or coconut butter in place of butter, along with coconut cream in place of dairy cream. Also try using avocados in place of butter to boost your intake of mono-unsaturated fats, and try using almonds in place of a variety of dairy products. This is beneficial since healthy fats will keep you full and are naturally cholesterol-free and unprocessed.
These five simple tips will go a long way in helping you on your dairy-free journey. Remember that as you start to take out the dairy items out of your fridge, don’t be surprised or scared if it’s emptier than you thought it would be. These tips will help you replace those items and fill up that fridge as quickly or as slowly as you like.
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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