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Plant-based (Vegan) Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream and Yogurt
Many people have shifted towards a plant-based diet and the market has responded!
You can now find an abundance of delicious dairy-free beverages, cheeses, ice creams and yogurts at most grocery stores. It can be almost overwhelming at the beginning with so many new vegan dairy products to try, so we are sharing a list of favorite “no-sacrifice” vegan dairy substitutions.”
Plant-based, (vegan) milks can be made from nuts or grains and vary in flavor and texture. Common non-dairy beverages are made from rice, soy, oat, hemp, coconut, cashew and almond. Some are sweetened, some aren’t. Some have added flavors like chocolate or vanilla. Some nut milks are organic, some are conventional. It is actually very exciting to see that are so many available brands and choices!
If you can’t find nut milks at a store near you, you may be able to purchase online. You can also use a Vita-Mix or food processor to make nut milks at home. Some people soak their nuts before making nut milk for easier digestion. Try it both ways and see how you feel your best.
We found a great video to show you how to make your own nut milk at home.
There are also many non-dairy yogurt, cheese and ice cream products available. The common bases for these plant-based products are soy, rice or coconut milk. Although we have seen a new raw vegan ice cream made from a cashew nut base! When you’re buying non-dairy cheese, be sure to check the label, as some of the rice cheeses still contain casein, a milk protein that can trigger an inflammatory effect for some people. Common brands for good-tasting vegan cheese that actually melts are Teese Cheese and Daiya.
Whether you are dealing with lactose intolerance, cholesterol issues or moving to a 100% vegan diet, the good news is that there are plenty of delicious plant-based dairy options out there for you!