Being lactose intolerant is no longer an uncommon food allergy. This digestive disorder affects 30 to 50 million Americans, with 75 percent of Mexicans, Jews, Native Americans, and African Americans experiencing the most stomach upset, according to WebMD. So, skip the dairy aisle and pick up these alternatives instead.
Head to the health food section of your favorite grocery store for this sweet treat. Coconut milk ice cream is often found in a gluten-free or vegan section of the market. This dairy-free dessert is so creamy and flavorful you’ll forget it’s not made with cow’s milk. As a bonus, coconut milk ice cream comes in a variety of flavors, not just coconut. If you’re a chocolate-lover, there’s a coconut milk ice cream out there waiting for you.
How long has it been since you’ve enjoyed a bowl of cereal or creamy cup of Mexican coffee? Your wait is over. There are several types of milks made from non-dairy sources to complement your lactose intolerant diet. Rice milk, almond milk, and soy milk are a few to try. Experiment first with plain, then venture into vanilla and chocolate flavored milks to add a twist to breakfast smoothies.
The creamy cubes of tofu you’re used to seeing in your Chinese takeout truly are a multitasking food. Head to the cooler at the supermarket and pick up a container of silken tofu, which is made from soybeans, to use in place of thick, creamy dairy products. Tofu can be substituted for sour cream, cottage cheese, and yogurt in cold dishes and blended drinks.
Some tofu is made into a mock cheese, which is perfect for people who are lactose intolerant or following a vegan diet. Although this cheese tends to not melt like other cheeses, it still adds a creamy flavor to cold dishes. Try it shredded on an avocado salad, layered on a cold torta, or cubed for a dairy-free snack.
Homemade whipped cream is made from full fat cream. However, you don’t have to skip the popular dairy-based pie topping. Instead look for whipped topping. But, use it sparingly. This oil-based treat is full of sugar, but hits the spot when you’re having a slice of apple or pumpkin pie.
See, being lactose intolerant doesn’t mean you can’t have creamy, delicious foods. Get creative and start experimenting with these dairy-free alternatives in your favorite recipes.