Are you thinking of going dairy free?

Lactose intolerance or a food allergy to casein (the protein found in milk) can give you a very good reason to switch.

If this is the case, going dairy free, or reducing your dairy intake can have several benefits for your health.

In a short period of time, you will most likely notice you have less stomach pain, you’re less bloated, you stop breaking out, your eczema clears up and you may even notice you have less joint pain.

When you start to see an improvement in these symptoms, it is very easy to stay dairy free. The hardest part is sticking it out until these results show up.

With years of being dairy free, I’d like to give you my top three essential dairy free alternatives that will help you switch with ease.

The Three Essential Dairy Free Alternatives

1. Pureharvest Coco Quench Coconut Milk 

I’ve tried a wide variety of alternative milks over the years including almond milk, soy milk, oat milk and coconut milk. What I’ve found not only for myself but other people, is that nut, soy and gluten allergy/sensitivity can also go hand in hand with a dairy allergy.

If you switch to the wrong milk, you could end up with a worsening of your symptoms. I’ve seen this happen time and time again and it’s the last thing I want you to experience.

For this reason coconut milk is the best dairy free milk to switch over to because it’s hypoallergenic and creamier than other dairy alternatives.

My favourite is Pureharvest Coco Quench as it contains the highest percentage of coconut milk at 20% that I’ve found. It also contains no stabilisers or thickeners, added sugar or sweetener. The total ingredients are filtered water, coconut milk (20%), organic brown rice and sea salt.

Consider this alternative as a yummy addition to your smoothies, cereal or coffee.

2. Nudie Coconut Yoghurt

This yoghurt comes in both vanilla and natural making it the most versatile yoghurt for your dairy free requirements.

The natural yoghurt can be used on your cereal or muesli, in your smoothie to thicken it up, or even as a replacement to sour cream. I’ve used this particularly with Mexican food such as on nachos where sour cream is usually required or as apart of creamy salad dressings.

The vanilla yoghurt is a sweeter version and tastes amazing on a fruit salad as a simple dessert. I’ve also used it on other desserts such as my Coconut and Apple Crumble.

Nudie coconut yoghurt is very easy to find in supermarkets including Woolworths and Coles. It contains a very simple list of ingredients without any additives, flavours and colours.

3. Zebra Dream Organic Coconut Ice-Cream

I find that ice-cream can be the hardest dairy item to switch over from.

Dairy free ice-cream is one of those things that can be a big hit and miss.

Sometimes they completely miss the ‘creamy factor’ and instead contain too many ice particles that could turn you off dairy free ice-cream for life.  On top of that, some contain a scary number of ingredients that you should not be consuming.

So here I give you Zebra Dream ice-cream! This coconut based ice-cream wins 10/10 in flavour and creaminess. It’s low in sugar and contains only organic ingredients with no nasty additives, colours or flavours.

I highly recommend chocolate and choc-mint, but there are several other flavours you can choose from. This ice-cream can be a little hard to find, but it is popping up in more health food stores and I’ve also seen it at select IGA stores.

I’d Like to Hear From You

I hope that this article has given you a bit more confidence in switching over from dairy. Not only will you feel so much better for it, but now you can actually enjoy it by arming yourself with these three yummy and healthy alternatives.

Please let me know what you think of these top three alternatives by writing in the comments below. If you have any dairy free alternatives that you absolutely love, then please feel free to share it.