I'm very picky. I'm a texture eater and giving up dairy has been extremely hard for me, mostly because a lot of the alternatives are so different from the real milk products. I'm allergic to milk proteins, so when I eat a lot of dairy, I get sick with cold like symptoms, and I have trouble breathing. I've felt a serious lack in my diet since giving up (most) milk products, and with some experimentation and a lot of taste tests with my health coach (who is vegan), I have come across quite a few dairy alternative products that taste delicious and are pretty close the real milk foods I loved. I wanted to share them here for those of you that may be struggling. It is possible to do this and not be completely miserable. Lol. I'm not normally a fan of Daiya products, but the ones listed below are pretty good.
The milks: Simple Truth (Fred Meyer/Kroger) unsweetened almond milk and vanilla almond milk, Great Value (Walmart) vanilla almond milk, Silk dark chocolate almond milk (I also recommend Almond Breeze chocolate milk), Silk soy vanilla coffee creamer, Silk almond milk vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut (not pictured) coffee creamers, and Gevalia almond milk iced coffee.
The cheese and yogurt: Daiya mozzarella shreds, Field Roast Chao slices, Silk blueberry and strawberry soy yogurt, Kite Hill vanilla almond milk yogurt, Daiya cream cheese spread, Daiya jalapeno havarti style cheese, and Heidi Ho creamy chia cheese. The cheeses taste the best melted and heated up. The cream cheese tastes almost exactly like real cream cheese. And the yogurts taste pretty close the the Yoplait yogurt that I use to love. I've also tried Tofutti american slices, and Follow Your Heart mozzarella and both are pretty darn good. Especially on grilled cheese or homemade pizza.
I hope this helps someone who needs ideas. ♡
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