How to make the switch

Want to ditch dairy, but don’t know how to start? It’s simple and easy!

Everyone has their own journey, but here are four steps to help you get started:

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Relax and take a deep breath. You are about to embark on a transformative journey for the better!

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Think of the items that use dairy in your daily meals, so you know what will need to be replaced.

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Develop the habit of carefully reading nutrition/ingredients labels at the grocery store. You may be surprised by what has dairy or a milk derivative in its ingredients.

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Look at the list of alternatives below for options to replace your current dairy products. Keep an open mind and remember that not all products are alike. If you don’t like one brand, try another. We promise you will find what you love.

Dairy-free alternatives

Swap ice cream for: So Delicious or Ben & Jerry’s featuring cashew-, coconut-, almond- and soy-based pints, ice cream bars and sandwiches. You can’t go wrong!

Swap yogurt for: Kite Hill (almond milk-based) or Foragers (cashew milk-based) are delicious and packed with probiotics and healthy fats.

Swap milk for: Oatly’s Oat Drink, Kirkland’s Organic Almond or Soy Milks, Califia Farms, Ripple…there are far too many to name! You have endless choices no matter which plant base you choose. Enriched with calcium, these plant-based milks totally nail the creamy consistency you’re looking for.

Swap coffee creamer for: Silk Soy Creamer or Coffee-Mate Almond Creamer. Flavors include much-loved French vanilla and hazelnut as well as original—all sans carrageenan.

Swap butter for: Healthy oils such as olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil. Or try Melt Organic’s Rich and Creamy Vegan Butter Spread. Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified, it’s made with virgin coconut oil and sustainable ethical palm fruit oil, and delivers an optimal balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3. These alternatives work great for baking, sautéing and more.

Swap cheese for: Chao’s, Daiya, Miyoko or Follow Your Heart. They have shredded cheeses, sliced cheeses, cream cheeses and more in a variety of flavors. Follow Your Heart’s smoked gouda slices are perfect for your everyday grilled cheese sandwich.

Swap eggs for: A “flax egg.” Instead of one whole egg, mix two tablespoons of water with one tablespoon of flaxseed meal and let sit for a few minutes. Voila! Looking for scrambled eggs? Try the scrumptious Follow Your Heart VEGANEGG or make the yummy tofu scramble recipe HERE!