How to go non dairy?

Mooove over, dairy! Many people are ditching milk and cheese due to health or ethical reasons. The good news is that there are plenty of non-dairy options available nowadays. But where do you start? Fear not, dear lactose-avoiders, for this article will guide you through the process of going non-dairy.

Reasons to Go Non-Dairy

Before we delve into the how-tos, let’s discuss why some folks choose to go dairy-free in the first place.

Health Concerns

Some people experience digestive issues such as bloating or diarrhea after consuming dairy products. Others have allergies or intolerances that cause symptoms like rashes or breathing problems.

Pro-tip: If you suspect a food intolerance, try eliminating it from your diet for two weeks before reintroducing it slowly in small amounts.

Additionally, some studies suggest that a diet high in saturated fat found in animal products may increase risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Ethical Considerations

Animal lovers often go vegan (including avoiding dairy) because they believe animals deserve better treatment than what goes on in factory farms. These operations can subject cows and their calves to poor living conditions and unnecessary cruelty.

Fun-fact: Did you know that baby cows are taken away from their mothers within hours/days after birth so humans can consume cow’s milk instead?

Others avoid dairy because of environmental concerns since meat/dairy production can take up vast land space and generate pollution/waste.

Alternatives to Dairy Products

Nowadays going non-dairy doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor/texture as numerous alternatives exist!

Milk Substitutes

Almond milk is probably familiar but here’re other types:

Name Notes
Soy milk Mild nutty taste; protein-rich
Rice Milk Thin consistency similar to skim milk
Coconut Milk Rich and creamy with natural sweetness

Note to Self: Try freezing one cup of coffee on an ice tray, then put into a blender with 1/2 cup of milk substitute for quick frappuccino.

Cheese Substitutes

You don’t have to say bye-bye to cheesy delicacies when going dairy-free! Check out these swiss alternatives:

  • Nutritional yeast (has savory/nutty flavor ideal for pasta/sauces)
  • Dairy-Free Cream Cheese – excellent spread on bagels and toast!
  • Vegan cheese shreds made from coconut oil or plant-based protein

Fun-fact: Making vegan cheese involves science experiments involving bacterial growth that ferments nuts/oils thus creating the cheese-like tangy taste.

Butter Alternatives

For all your blooming onions/hollandaise sauce you can use these butter substitutes that won’t clog your arteries:

  • Olive Oil Spread
  • Avocado Spread
  • Coconut Oil

Butter also works as a binder in baking so these substitutes are best used depending on what you’re whipping up.

Going through the Transition Phase

Change is hard so take it slow as reducing / cutting out dairy might have unexpected consequences like changes to bowel movements since flora in the gut stomach adapts.

Start Small…

Gradually replacing one meal/snack that normally includes dairy products helps ease into new tastes and textures!

Pro-tip: If yogurt day is every other morning, replace traditional choices with small fruit bowls or overnight oats drizzled with agave nectar instead! “Yogurt what?”

…But Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment.

Seek out delicious-looking recipes online/borrow cookbooks from vegan friends/family members who’ve done this before then adjust spice/herb mixtures based accordingly.

Experimenting also means trying vegetables/fruits previously not known e.g. jackfruit or eggplant.

Fun-fact: Eggplants are a versatile veggie — try grilling them with olive oil and salt for a delicious side-dish at any BBQ party!

Dressings, Sauces and Spices Are Your Friends!

The best advice is to experiment until there’s comfort food from non-dairy meals. Salad dressings made without dairy can add intriguing flavors, while different herbs / spices like cumin or cinnamon transform familiar dishes into exciting experiences!

Navigating Social Environments Without Dairy

Going out with friends/family members means navigating menus that don’t align with dietary restrictions. That being said, here’re some tips to make it easier:

Research Ahead Of Time

Visit restaurants’ websites/discuss preferences with servers ahead of time so everyone’s on the same page before arriving thus avoiding last minute stress/anxiety!

Bring Snacks

It never hurts to have backup options when there might be nothing safely vegan/non-dairy offered from restaurant menus or cocktail parties buffet table. Keeping healthy snacks close helps ward off hunger pangs too.

Pro-tip: Try roasted nuts (almonds/walnuts) crispy chickpeas popcorn trail-mix spreads in pouches for an easy pick-me-up snack!

Having thought-through alternatives right at your fingertips reduces stress immensely if travel plans go awry.

Conclusion

Making big dietary changes doesn’t happen overnight but taking small steps leads towards healthier/sustainable/ethical lifestyle which benefits the body earth animals alike. Going non-dairy isn’t as hard as it sounds – milk substitutes cheese/butter alternatives plus delicious recipes await!

So spread those avocado/oil based butter real thick across bread loaves —make sure its gluten free— then take a deep breath because you’ve now learned how to go Non-Dairy…finally Moo-ving forward in life!

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