Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, pumpkin pie, oh my! Thanksgiving is not only a time to give thanks and surround yourself with loved ones, but it's also the annual holiday most known for its savory signature dishes. For some, this means gorging on yams, biscuits, and casseroles, but for others the day means worrying about food sensitivities and allergies that can be triggered by basic ingredients in a number of dishes. If you're lactose intolerant, Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming since so many delicious food items contain milk and dairy products. Here are some simple tips for surviving Thanksgiving and still indulging like everyone else if you are lactose intolerant.
I love apples; they're beautiful and delicious! A few weeks ago, I took a trip up to Vermont to visit family — we went apple picking, so I whipped up some apple crisp (apple crumble). I remember loving the apple crisp we used to get with elementary school lunches, but this recipe is decidedly more healthy: grain-free and dairy-free!
Learn more about this recipe after the break!
Whether you're avoiding cow's milk for health or moral reasons, there are tons of dairy-free beverages to pour over your bowl of cereal. Not sure which is the best choice? Check out the chart to see how milk alternatives compare to skim milk, and then read the explanations below to see why you might want to choose one over the other.
We put skim milk on the top of the chart to help make the comparisons between dairy and nondairy milks.
|Serving Size = 1 cup||Calories||Total Fat (g)||Sat Fat (g)||Carbs (g)||Protein (g)||Calcium (%)|
|Organic Valley Skim Milk||90||0||0||12||8||30|
|Pacific Almond Milk, original||60||2.5||0||8||1||0|
|Pacific Almond Milk, vanilla||70||2.5||0||11||1||0|
|Silk Pure Coconut Milk, original||80||5||5||7||1||45|
|Silk Pure Coconut Milk, vanilla||90||5||5||10||1||45|
|Hazelnut Milk, original||110||3.5||0||18||2||30|
Keep on reading to see how much protein is in hemp, oat, and soy milk.
It's time to hit up your local apple orchard and go pickin'. Aside from burning (and consuming calories while apple picking, you can also use your bounty to make delicious and naturally sweet desserts. Here's an old family recipe I've changed up a bit so it's low in sugar and dairy-free.
Keep reading to see this easy recipe for one of my favorite Fall treats.
Eating too much dairy can cause a number of issues for people such as tummy troubles, congestion, and acne, so if you're trying to cut back on the amount of dairy in your diet, here are some ways to do it.
- Skip the cheese on your burger. Eating a hamburger not only avoids dairy, but it also saves you about 100 calories.
- Pour almond milk in your cereal. It's deliciously creamy, lactose-free, and contains the same amount of calories per serving as skim milk.
- If you love yogurt with fruit and granola for breakfast, opt for soy yogurt. O'Soy and WholeSoy are slightly higher in calories than regular yogurt, but offer six or seven grams of protein, just like Stonyfield Farms' Nonfat Vanilla.
Continue reading for more ways to ditch the dairy from you diet.
Traditionally, dairy is the backbone of baking because it's what keeps cookies, cakes, and bars moist, fluffy, and held together. But being dairy-free doesn't mean you have to give up rich desserts and settle for dense, flavorless rocks that label themselves as treats. There are ways to substitute these key ingredients in baking, resulting in desserts that can even fool the milkman. Vegan or lactose intolerant? Then check out these healthy, dairy-free cookie and bar recipes and get baking!
Have you ever savored creamy, custardy Persian ice cream before? Now vegans and dairy-free dieters can enjoy the dreamy signature blend of saffron, pistachios, and rosewater in this coconut milk-based ice cream. The saffron gives the ice cream a beautiful golden hue; the rosewater imparts a redolent, floral perfume; and the pistachios offer a nice, contrasting crunch to the richness of the coconut milk.
Cheese is such a treat, and in vegan and dairy-free cooking it's often lackluster — think grainy, slimy, and just generally fake tasting. Luckily, it's not all bad. Whether it's sliced in a sandwich, melted on top of a pizza, or smeared across a bagel, here are five types of dairy-free, vegan cheese that will have you wanting more.
Whether you're avoiding dairy for health or ethics, you can still enjoy dining out at your favorite restaurant. Keep these tips in mind so you don't end up accidentally eating dairy while out or if you're new to a dairy-free lifestyle and want to know what options are available to you.Breakfast
Pancakes, waffles, and french toast are almost always made using milk, buttermilk, or butter, so avoid these items unless the menu specifically says that they're dairy-free. You may have to skip omelets and other egg dishes since they're often made with milk, have added cheese, or are cooked in butter, but ask your server if the chef can whip them up without dairy. If your meal comes with toast, make sure you specify that you'd like it dry. Home fries tend to be safe, but check with your server to ensure they're cooked in oil instead of butter. Fresh fruit with granola is always an option, and these days, many places offer soy milk in place of cow's milk. Call ahead to find out if that's an option, and if not, ask if you can bring a small container of your own dairy-free beverage.
When ordering soup avoid bisques, chowders, and cream-based flavors such as potato leek, opt for broth-based bowls of miso or vegetable (or meat) stock instead. If you enjoy salad before your main course, ask for vinaigrette or bottles of oil and vinegar. If your server places a bread basket on the table accompanied with the usual butter, ask for a small dish of olive oil. Skip the artichoke dip and choose hummus. If an item has a melted cheese topping such as flat bread pizza or potato skins, just as the server to hold it.
- Curly Kale – About 3/4 cup of cooked curly kale offers 143 mg calcium.
- Okra – Stir fry about eight okra for a dose of 88 mg calcium.
- Red Kidney Beans – Add 1/2 cup of beans to a salad for 150 mg calcium.
- Almonds – 12 whole almonds equates 62 mg calcium.
- Tahini Paste – Spread one heaped teaspoon over toast like peanut butter for 129 mg calcium.
- Apricots – Eat four small apricots for a midmorning snack to get 117 mg calcium.
- Figs – Instead of dessert, indulge on four figs for a heaping 506 mg calcium.
If you are curious about your own daily calcium intake, try using the calcium calculator.