Non-Dairy Alternatives

Dairy alternatives

Non-Dairy Substitutes

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I have never been able to eat a lot of dairy so you can imagine how happy it makes me that so many non-dairy substitutes are available and most grocery stores now.  There are so many to choose from, below I have listed a few of my favorites.

Unsweetened Almond Milk

(Everyday milk replacement, cereal, baking (sweet), drinking)

Even though I buy unsweetened I still find it slightly sweet, so this milk is great for baking and using in anything sweet.  It has low calories, even less than skim milk, low carbs and is high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and vitamin E.  It is super easy to make yourself too!

Flax seed milk

(Savory baking, scrambled eggs, soups, sauces)

I think flax seed milk tastes the most like dairy milk out of any of the milks.  I use this for anything savory.  It is creamier than a lot of the other milk alternatives so it goes great in soups and sauces.  It is also cholesterol free, lactose free, gluten free and has omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, B 12, D and calcium.

Greek Cultured Coconut Milk

This is a great alternative to dairy yogurt.  It still contains live cultures but is soy, gluten and dairy free.  I use this in place of traditional dairy yogurt, sour cream and mayonnaise.

Nutritional Yeast

I have not found a cheese replacement I love, but nutritional yeast does add a cheesy taste to sauces and meals.  You can sprinkle on top of dishes to add flavor, stir it into potatoes or polenta and add it to almost any pasta dish to develop great taste without adding cheese.  Nutritional yeast has that name for a reason too, it contains folic acid, B-vitamins, selenium, zinc and protein. You may have to visit your local health food store to find this.

Olive Oil

I use olive oil everyday! I hardly ever use butter, I normally always substitute it with olive oil or coconut oil.  If you are cooking at high temperatures you will need to use an oil with a higher smoking point such as grape-seed oil.

Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice Cream

Everyone needs a treat! I like this non-dairy ice cream more than any others I have tried and even prefer it to dairy ice cream. My favorite flavors are Naked Almond Fudge and Mint Galactica. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!

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