I have said that this year is going to be the ‘year of me’ and the time that I give myself what I need to be healthy, well, and to cut toxic people out of my life. As some of you may know, I have been taking part in ‘veganuary’ as a way to start the year as I mean to go on. For many of my health issues, I hovels been advised that avoiding dairy can be a good way to help me feel well. So I try to avoid dairy as much as I can (and obviously, have been all month this January).
But I’m not going to lie, it can be tough to cut certain products out of your diet, especially when the ‘mainstream’ products out on the market are full of dairy or animal products. So it really does take a change to help you to think about what you’re eating and knowing what you can or can’t eat. I thought something as innocent as Soreen malt-loaf wouldn’t contain milk, but there is only one of their loaves (the apple one), that actually doesn’t contain milk. So it does take some time and plenty of label reading.
If you’re looking to reduce your milk intake, are already dairy-free, or considering veganism, then here are some essentials that can help you on your way. Having these in the home can help to make meals and snacks much simpler.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables & Avocados
These should be in everyone’s diet anyway, but they are so versatile. You could throw green veggies in a juicer to make a tasty green juice in the morning, as well as add an avocado for a creamy texture. Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, watercress, and broccoli also contain calcium among other health benefits, which can be really important when you’re not having calcium in the traditional way from milk. Creamy avocados also work well for a perfect for a spread on toast. Plus, they’re packed with vitamin E, iron, and potassium so you can still get plenty of good minerals, vitamins, and fats.
The Coconut Collective Milk & Coconut Water*
The Coconut Collective has a range of coconut water drinks as well as selling coconut milk. So they are both great additions to your fridge.
Their coconut milk is delicious and creamy, and works well for cereal, porridge, smoothies, and even in your hot chocolate or tea! I have been using almond milk for a while, but coconut milk really gives a more interesting taste to things, I think, especially in things like porridge or smoothies. Plus, many almond milk brands have so much other junk in their drinks. So much so that there is only around 2% almond in may of them. It was good to see that this brand have coconut listed as the second ingredient on the list, second to water. So it sounds like a better quality product than competitors that I have been using before. Plus, it is hard to find milk alternatives that are organic. So the fact that this is, is a real plus. With PCOS, I don’t need any more hormones or nasties in my body!
The King Coconut Water has a fresh and clean flavour, and I really like the range of flavours available, from simply coconut water, to guava, pineapple, and mango. The drinks have around 40% less sugar than other coconut water brands, which is always good to know if you’re watching your sugar levels (as I am). Coconut can be an acquired taste, though I personally love it, but The Coconut Collective drinks tick all the boxes for me. I’d recommend the flavoured ones if you’ve not had coconut water before, and the bonus is that is has around 50% less sugar than a fruit juice drink. I will be looking for The Coconut Collective in stores as I would definitely want it again.
Sriracha Seasoning Stix*
I think when it comes to cooking at home, it can be a lot better for you to cook from scratch. But the trouble with that is that it can sometimes take a while to prep the ingredients to make it taste any good. And when you’re avoiding dairy, it means a lot of store-bought sauces are out the equation. Which is why having Sriracha Seasoning Stix in your cupboard at home can help you in your dairy-free cooking.
Sriracha Stix, as the name suggests, are sticks, that work by seasoning foods from the inside-out. Sometimes a marinade can need to be left overnight, and adding flavouring once the meat or vegetables have finished cooking isn’t really that effective. So to have some well-flavoured food, without the fuss, time, or dairy, then I would recommend these; I have been enjoying using them for sure. They re simple to use, and you can really taste the difference in your foods prepped without them and those that are made with them. I was quite surprised at just how much of a difference it makes to be honest!
Here is how they work:
There are several flavours available to choose from, so you can add spice or simply more of a garlic taste before you cook your food.
Livia’s Kitchen Treats
I am a big fan of Livia’s Kitchen and all of their wonderful products. If you don’t know what they are though, then they are all dairy, gluten, and refined-sugar free products. So they are the perfect option to have for on-the go snacks. The range includes raw millionaire bites at the moment, as well as biccy-boms, that are raw chocolate dipped cookies with a date filling. Honestly, so, so good! I try to bake sweet things myself as much as I can. But sometimes, having some in is good to stop me from getting tempted to grab a chocolate bar from the petrol station!
They are available at their store online (linked above), as well as places like WholeFoods, Boots, WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, and Planet Organic.
Sevenhills Raw Chocolate Ingredients*
When you can’t have ‘regular’ chocolate as it is full of dairy (and even some dark versions contain milk), then it makes sense to be able to make your own. Which is why having some cacao powder and cacao butter in the house is a must. Combine the two of them with some maple syrup or coconut sugar, and you’ve got your own raw chocolate to dip dairy-free cookies in, or even to pour into moulds to make your own chocolate bars. I usually buy the Sevenhills brand, as they are simple to use, organic, and last for a while.
Have you ever tried any of these before? I’d love to hear what you think!
*affilaite links and gifted items are included. All opinions are my own.
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