Removing dairy from your diet will help heal you inside and out. Here are some delicious easy ways to go dairy free.
Yes, everyone loves cheese. And ice cream. And cheesecake. And everything else dairy. Removing dairy from your diet is not about what you like. It’s about what you need.
It’s not like it used to be. In today’s world there are delicious easy ways to go dairy free. You don’t have to feel like you are sacrificing anything or that you are missing out when you choose the self-care routine of going dairy free. Yeah, I know some of you don’t believe that. But, it really is true. Really.
Self-care is a big buzz-word now. Everyone in the wellness community is talking about the importance of self-care. Where years ago, people may have confused self-care with being selfish, in today’s enlightened ways, we recognize how important self-care is to our mental and physical health.
Think of going dairy free as self-care.
You deserve this.
You need this.
This is so important to your health and well being.
When You Go Dairy Free These Things Will Happen
- Your digestion will be smoother; you will be healing your gut.
- Your skin texture will improve.
- You will have more energy.
- You will have less inflammation.
- Your auto immune conditions will improve.
- Your mental clarity will heighten.
- Your mood will improve.
I Speak From Experience
I had horrible digestive issues for the first 30 years of my life. Yes, 30 years! It wasn’t until I was introduced to the world of alternative medicine, that I was able to get my life and my health back under control. I used to have to know where every bathroom was at all times. I was on a ton of medication. I had zero energy and I didn’t sleep. Ugh… wow, do I sound like a big mess…
Well, I was. But all of that led me to where I am now. And I am forever grateful for where I am now!
In order to heal myself, I quit dairy, caffeine, corn products, alcohol, all grains and processed foods. Yeah, it was a lot!
When I started adding things back into my diet to see how my body would react, I found I was able to add in some of each group in tiny amounts — EXCEPT dairy. Dairy (except organic grass-fed butter), made my digestive system go haywire. And my joints hurt again. And my skin didn’t glow anymore. And I was miserable.
So, I tested this out with many clients, and I can tell you with total certainty, that dairy negatively impacts the health of many, many people.
My passion is helping you heal yourself with food and herbs. It’s truly my calling. When I was studying for my Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine, I knew that all of these amazing tenets of Eastern Medicine could be applied to food and used as everyday healing agents for so many people. I knew that if I combined what I was learning about the properties of food, herbs, and supplements with what I already knew from my chef’s training, it would be life-changing.
And it is. My training in both Eastern and Western medicine, combined with my obsession with food and cooking, has given me a unique skillset that has helped so many people. And I want to help you. Nothing aggravates me more than knowing that these tools exist but that so many of you have not been taught them.
Everyone should know how to heal themselves with food, supplements, and herbs. This should not be a secret.
Food really is medicine!
If you eat the right foods and herbs for your unique body and circumstances, you can heal yourself. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you. So, read on and you’ll find out how you can remove dairy from your diet while learning some easy delicious ways to go dairy free. And, if you want to learn more about healing whatever your specific concerns are, I’d love to help you create a healthy lifestyle plan specifically for your unique needs, so sign up for a free phone consultation and we can chat about it.
These Are My Favorite Easy Delicious Ways To Go Dairy Free
1. Try All Of The Different Non-Dairy Milks
There are so many non-dairy milks available today. I used to make my own nut milk because I loved the creaminess of cashew milk and it wasn’t available store-bought. Boy have things changed. My nut milk maker (yes, I actually have a nut milk maker…) is hidden away in the back of my closet because I am able to buy nut milks everywhere.
One of the other reasons I used to make my own nut milk is because the products that were available in the markets contained ingredients I didn’t want to ingest. A nut milk should have only two ingredients: nuts and water. Some may have a pinch of salt. That’s it. No carrageenan is needed. No sweeteners. No artificial anything.
There are several brands of nut milks in the stores today that only contain these basic ingredients — this is awesome. I find that it doesn’t even save me money to make them myself anymore!
If you haven’t tried nut milk, you must. If you’ve only tried almond milk, you need to branch out. Almond milk is good, but it’s too thin for some purposes. When I want something to put in my coffee, almond milk is not my choice — it’s too thin and it doesn’t incorporate well into the liquid.
My favorite dairy-free milks are: cashew, oat, hemp, pumpkin seed, coconut, and pecan. So many milks, so little time…
One of my favorite non-dairy milk companies is Malk Organics. I’ve been using their cashew milk for everything!
There’s a plant based milk for everything! Here’s an article about The Best Plant Based Milks For Coffee And Lattes.
If you’re into coconut milk, you can buy it in cans, but make sure it’s organic full-fat coconut milk. I buy coconut milk cans by the case.
You can still follow your favorite recipes, just swap out the same amount of non-dairy milk for the dairy milk that’s called for. If you are making something creamy, go for a creamier non-dairy milk like coconut or cashew. Just be sure, when you are substituting a non-dairy milk for traditional milk, that the non-dairy milk you use is unsweetened.
2. Realize That Good Vegan Cheeses Do Exist
The vegan cheese game has significantly changed over the past few years.
Years ago, in order to eat pizza or pasta, I would use a bunch of chef-y techniques so that I didn’t miss the cheese so much. But, nowadays, this isn’t the case. There really are good vegan cheeses for all of your recipes. The key is to know which ones are good for which purposes. Some are better for pizza, some are great for quesadillas, and some are better on sandwiches. Some melt well and others don’t.
I love a few of Follow Your Heart’s sliced cheeses — they melt great and I can honestly say that when I make grilled cheese or quesadillas with them, nobody cares that they are dairy-free.
Kite Hill makes a great cream cheese. But, as with everything else, some of the flavors are better than others. For me, the chive cream cheese tastes more like traditional cream cheese than the others do.
For a lasagna or baked ziti, my go-to is Myokos. They call it mozzarella, but to me it works better as a ricotta.
It’s all a matter of taste. And, I’ve taste-tested them all, so if you have a question, just ask me, or better yet, sign up for a free phone consultation with me and I’ll tell you which ones would work best for you and your needs. I’m such a geek that I really do get excited about doing this. So CLICK HERE to be taken directly into my calendar to sign up for your free phone consultation… I’d love to help you become happily dairy-free.
3. Make Cashew Sauces
Cashews make the best cream sauces ever. Even people who love dairy and love cream sauces, love my cashew sauces. These sauces are creamy, delicious, and mimic cream laden sauces so well that nobody ever knows they are vegan.
Here’s the key: Buy raw cashews. The nuts cannot be roasted or salted or processed in any way. If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix (which by the way, I’ve had for 10 years and it’s still my favorite appliance ever), then it’s not even necessary to soak the cashews before you make your sauce. If you will be using a slower speed blender, then you should soak the nuts in water overnight or at least for a few hours so that your sauce comes out as creamy as possible.
One of my favorite recipes is Cheeseburger Soup…
Cheeseburger Soup really tastes like a cheeseburger in a bowl. And there’s no dairy. This is my go-to Super Bowl recipe every year and nobody knows there’s no cheese in it. And it’s all done with the magic of cashews.
4. Use Cauliflower In Creamy Sauces
Cauliflower is a great blank canvass for cream sauces. You can make it take on whatever flavor you want. I love to make Paleo Fettuccine Alfredo using cauliflower as the ingredient that makes the sauce creamy.
Alfredo sauce is only one of the sauces that can get a creamy texture from cauliflower. If you take this basic sauce, and add spice to it — chipotle, for example — you’ve got a completely different dish.
If you make any of these recipes that showcase delicious easy ways to go dairy free, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make something, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.
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