Delicious Dairy-Free Dining
Eliminating dairy products from the menu is easy, healthy, and tasty. It takes just a week or two to break the dairy habit, and, even in this short time, many people who go dairy-free can experience major health benefits, such as a drop in blood cholesterol levels, weight loss, and relief from allergies, asthma, indigestion, or chronic stomach problems.
Most dairy products can be easily replaced by the many delicious dairy-free alternatives available. Next time you're at the grocery store, take a few minutes to see the surprising range of new nondairy products. Look for low-fat choices that are free of trans fats or hydrogenated fats.
Here are also some simple meal ideas to get you started:
Breakfast: Top your oatmeal or cold cereal with fortified rice or almond milk.
Spread a small amount of all-natural peanut butter on toast.
Lunch: Make a salad without cheese and top it with a low-fat dairy-free dressing. Try adding beans or cut-up baked tofu instead. Skip the cheese and sour cream on a burrito and ask for extra beans, rice, or salsa.
Snack: Try soy yogurt topped with fruit, nuts, or granola. Fruit smoothies are delicious made with vanilla soymilk. Top popcorn with nutritional yeast.
When dining out, simply ask the server to hold the cheese; most dishes can be easily made without it.