Although it should be known by now that milk has been proven to wreak havoc on one’s health as it can cause cancer, heart diseases, inflammation, digestion disorders just to name a few issues, unfortunately there are still too many people who seem to have a hard time when it comes to avoid milk. Some of them don’t want to give up on milk because they think there is no real alternative for them to go for. However, there is and below you have the chance to learn about the 10 most delicious diary-free and healthy recipes I have come across for a long time. Hopefully, these recipes are going to encourage people to go for these options who might still be on the fence for the lack of alternatives.
“Yogurt, cheese, butter, and milk are all foods many of us grew up eating and loving without much thought. There was nothing quite like ice cream for dessert, buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, buttered biscuits at dinner, and creamy yogurt mixed with some fruit in a pretty parfait glass as a nice, creamy snack. And let’s not forget the milk and cream many of us may have, (or perhaps some still do), use in our morning coffee. All of these dairy-based foods are eaten by people all over the world every single day, although we now know that dairy is one of the most detrimental foods to our health. It’s been linked to cancer, heart disease,inflammation, digestive issues, hormonal changes, and even mood disorders, making it obvious that we’re much better off without it in our diets.
But dairy isn’t always easy to give up at the drop of a hat, even though it’s well-worth it. So to help you transition away from dairy, we’re going to share some of our favorite dairy-free recipes you can implement into your menus to help you on your dairy-free journey.
Whip up some of these creamy dairy-free delights as soon as you can; you’re going to love how awesome you feel and how great these taste!
1. Vanilla Nut Cashew Creamer
Miss the milk and cream in your coffee? Have no fear! You can make a rich, decadent cashew creamer that is truly even more delicious than the dairy-filled kind. It’s slightly sweet, rich, thick, dissolves perfectly in coffee, and unlike milk, cashews are packed with nutrients that benefit your whole health. They’re also mild in flavor so you won’t feel like you’re drinking a handful of cashews, just in case you were wondering! Check out this recipe, or even pick up some dairy-free cashew creamer at your local grocer. It’s available by many brands and will last over a month in the fridge.
2. Cashew Cream Cheese
Okay, so not all dairy-free recipes have to be cashew-based, but when it comes to cheese, cashews are a win! This is especially true when you’re looking to replace cream cheese. One reason being that because once soaked, cashews plump up and blend really easily into a thick, super decadent creamy texture. Try this cream cheese recipe which uses nothing more than soaked cashews and a little bit of salt for flavor. You won’t believe how easy it is! Or, for a thicker spread, you can try cashew coconut cheese that goes great over crackers.
3. Coconut Yogurt
Greek yogurt is one of the most popular selling dairy items today. It’s convenient, high in protein, calcium, magnesium and potassium. But there’s no need to fret because life without Greek yogurt is possible, and you’ll feel much better without all that hard-to-digest protein – we promise! Coconut yogurt is a great replacement to Greek yogurt because it’s thick in texture, very creamy and silky, and it contains a large amount of amino acids, despite not being a complete protein like milk. Coconut is also a great source of healthy fats and fiber to keep you full like Greek yogurt. You can find it at the store (choose unsweetened varieties to avoid added sugars), or for a better option, make your own raw coconut yogurt at home.
4. Homemade Plant Milks
Whether you choose almond, cashew, flax seed, coconut, oat, hemp seed, sunflower seed, or even peanut and cacao milk, all plant-based milks are best when they’re made fresh in your own home. Each one has a unique taste and creamy texture, so try out new varieties to see which ones you enjoy the most. These plant-based milks are full of minerals, vitamins, and even protein and fiber your body can use to keep you satisfied and energized. If you want something with more sustenance, choose nut and seed based options in place of grain milks like oat and rice milk, which are higher on the glycemic index and don’t have as many healthy fats and protein. If you have a nut allergy, try coconut (a fruit), oat, rice or seed-based milks. There’s a little something for everyone! Also check out these tips to see where to use each type of milk for the best results to replace dairy.
5. Coconut Butter
In place of dairy butter, go with coconut butter. It’s the absolute best to replicate the effects of butter in a recipe, though coconut oil also works pretty well. Though these fats are high in saturated fat, they’re much different than the fats in dairy butter. Coconut is free of cholesterol, while butter is very high in harmful cholesterol. Coconut butter’s fats are also predominantly used by the liver to process into energy, though you should still be mindful of how much you eat since a little goes a long way. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, go with non-raw forms of coconut butter which are milder in taste. For the rest of you that love the flavor of coconut and just want something warm and creamy to melt on top of oatmeal, or you need something to bake and cook with (it’s awesome with veggies!), then you’ll definitely make your own, or buy raw coconut butter. It’s life-changing!”
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