Do you want to lose a few extra pounds, get rid of bloating and have clearer skin? Maybe it’s time you gave up dairy and started following a dairy-free diet.
Converting to a new diet can be difficult and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking to make the switch, below are eight awesome websites and blogs with mouth-watering dairy-free recipes.
Lyndsay is the blogger behind Milk Free Mom. Her blog consists of easy-to-prepare dairy-free recipes, as well as all the latest dairy-free products you can order online or find at stores like Whole Foods. Some of her favorite Whole Foods dairy-free products are Earth Balance Butter Spread and Kite Hill Soy-Free and Dairy-Free Ravioli. For more, you can check out his full blog post: My Favorite Dairy-Free Finds at Whole Foods.
Other than that, Milk Free Mom offers a neat meal plan if you’re new to the dairy-free diet or struggling to find exciting new dishes to cook. You can download the meal plan; each meal is easily linked to the appropriate recipe on the blog.
Giving up your beloved Baskin-Robbins ice cream is tough, but you can still enjoy delicious desserts without the dairy. Annie, the author of My Life After Dairy, has several recipes you have to try, like the all-vegan creamy chocolate fudgesicles. None of your guests will even notice that it’s dairy-free!
Annie also shares her tips and tricks to make your dairy-free life a little easier. His/Her message: Getting started on a dairy-free diet is incredibly helpful, and you should read the entire article before starting your new diet.
Go Dairy Free is an online magazine and website for all things dairy-free living. It is full of inspiring and mouth-watering dairy-free recipes. Not only that, but the website has a ton of helpful resources like product reviews, e-books, and grocery guides.
The website offers a comprehensive list of recommended grocers based on your location. If you live in the US, it’s best to shop at Good Eggs, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc. Plus, there’s a long list of fast food restaurants that offer delicious dairy-free options. This is especially useful for those who like to eat out but find a dairy-free diet difficult.
Whether you’re forgoing dairy for ethical reasons or to eat healthier, a dairy-free diet can have many impressive benefits. However, it can be overwhelming to cook without dairy. Yes, it takes some effort, but you can take shortcuts along the way. Melissa’s blog, Simply Whisked, is a must-read if you want to make dairy-free soups, sauces or sandwiches.
The resource page is great if you’re struggling to make the transition and give up your favorite dairy treats. Cheese is one of the hardest foods to stop eating, but luckily there are plenty of dairy-free alternatives to choose from. Before you go shopping, read Simply Whisked’s ultimate guide to dairy-free cheese.
There is also an article called The Ultimate Dairy-Free Pantry Guide, which can help you organize your cupboards without frustration or chaos.
Because there are so many vegan and dairy-free food items on the market, it can be difficult to know which items are the best to buy. Make It Dairy Free has a dairy-free guide page on their website and a vegan YouTube channel where they taste and review these products to help make your dairy-free journey easier. A few of the items they reviewed and compared include plant-based milks, vegan protein powders, and seven different vegan cheese dips.
Don’t go crazy if you can’t find fresh and affordable dairy-free meal ideas; there are so many great videos on the Make It Dairy Free YouTube channel. For healthy, vegan recipes, be sure to watch a “What I Eat in a Day” video or two or check out the Easy Vegan Dinner Ideas playlist.
I Hate You Milk features all your favorite fast food establishments. Whether you want to eat at Dominos, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or McDonald’s, it’s worth checking the ingredients you order for your meal. For example, in the United States, McDonald’s fries contain milk; but in the UK they don’t. Alternatively, you can download an app to tell you what’s in your food.
For those who prefer to make their own dairy-free recipes and avoid fast foods, you can check out the recipes page on the blog. Here, you can bake delicious dairy-free treats like two-ingredient banana pancakes or protein cookies.
Just because you’re switching to a dairy-free lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t eat good food. All of your meals can still be delicious, healthy and simple to prepare.
My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life offers dairy-free versions of all your favorite comfort foods, like lasagna, old-fashioned cornbread, and creamy chicken pies. Author Colleen suggests using Daiya or Tofutti as dairy-free alternatives.
Some helpful resources on her blog include a printable guide to dairy alternatives and an article on the different steps to good gut health.
Daisy, the author of Dairy Free Daisy, loves to share her dairy free recipes, reviews, tips and tricks. Daisy documents all the dairy-free products she finds in major supermarkets like Tesco or Aldi. Her latest taste test was Moser-Roth’s purple creams.
For those with a sweet tooth, there are a few recipes on the website for you to try: Dairy-Free Lemon Cake and Fireball Cupcakes. Daisy has an interesting podcast that you can find on a number of different podcast hosting sites. Be sure to listen to episodes 11 and 12, where Daisy discusses dairy-free alternatives to butter and ice cream.
To keep up to date with all the latest dairy-free recipes and products, be sure to follow Dairy Free Daisy on other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
Adopt a dairy-free lifestyle
Going on a dairy-free diet can help if you are lactose intolerant or have an allergy. But maybe you just want to cut out dairy to see amazing benefits. Luckily, almost every dairy product today has a dairy-free equivalent, whether it’s cheese, milk, butter, or ice cream.
These eight awesome online resources can show you that cooking dairy-free meals isn’t as terrifying as it first appears.