Both of my children have had a dairy protein intolerance. Ellie grew out of hers around 8 months old and miss Mila well she still has hers but we will try to reintroduce dairy around 8 months old like we did Ellie.
Ok so what does that mean!!???! When I first heard about it with Ellie I thought it meant lactose. Ha! I was so wrong. It’s anything that has the protein from cows milk. So even if it says non dairy, nope. They’re allowed to market it non dairy if it has below a curtain amount of cows milk protein. Makes sense right? 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
How did we know?
With Ellie we thought it was colic. She would cry, more like scream, every single time she was awake. Nope. Our doctor suggested I cut dairy but just to start with the obviously things, milk, cheese, and yogurt. As soon as we started her with a chiropractor and I cut dairy cold turkey BAM, she was a whole new baby. This is a huge reason I love our doctor. She takes a natural approach and doesn’t just try to mask the symptoms. She wants to find the problem internally and fix it, really fix it. With Mila her poop was green and mucousy and she would vomit EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME. It was so awful she didn’t start gaining weight until all the dairy was out of my system around 2 months old. 😩😩😩
Pretty much if we have a 3rd in cutting dairy before they’re born. 🙄
I hear all. The. Time. How selfless it is that I do this instead of formula. Honestly I don’t even think twice about it and I don’t even get upset about not getting to have dairy. It’s not hard for me. It’s easy. It’s easy because seeing my baby happy, not screaming, sleeping in peace, no vomiting – that’s all worth all the hard work it takes to be dairy free.
So let me share with you 10 dairy free hacks that are liiiife savers for me. 😁
1. READ EVERY SINGLE LABEL. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE!
It has to be listen in plain site where it says ALLERGENS: it’s not hidden in there, well sometimes natural flavor can be but my girls haven’t reacted to it before but we also don’t eat a ton of processed stuff that would include that anyway.
2. You can still have desert AND CHOCOLATE!
Wacky cake or crazy cake is what I’ve found it to be called. It was actually a cake they made back during the depression because it has minimal ingredients and can be made in the same pan that you mix it in! WIN WIN!! Just search it on Pinterest – or better yet I’ll make a blog post about it for you.
Some icings in the baking isle are dairy free and most brownie mixs are too!
You can easily tweak a recipe too with coconut cream from the can (you can find this in the Asian isle) that can replace heavy cream. You can use any kind of nut milk to replace milk and you can use coconut oil or earths balance butter as a butter replacer.
3. Tweaking meals is EASY.
We still eat the same meals as before we just adjust the ingredients :). You can still have tacos just no sour cream/cheese. You can still make tator tott hotdish, instead of cream of mushroom soup you can use golden mushroom. You can still have pizza 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁. Just do everything except put cheese on it. Trust me it’s still so good, I like the veggies high and love it.
4. Going out to eat?!
Yes it’s still possible. You can find a lot of menus/allergen information online. I just google it and usually its right on their website. Also if I go out to eat I tell the waiter/waitress I have the allergy, no my baby. They don’t take it as seriously if you say your child is allergic. I know. Seriously dumb.
5. Meal prepping will literally save your life.
This way you have stuff to eat especially when you’re busy and can’t just make a quick grilled cheese or go thru a drive thru. I will make another blog post on my favorite dairy free meals too!
6. YOGURT?!?? COFFEE CREAMER!?
Yep. Silk makes almond yogurt and it’s the bomb.com.
Many coffee creamers say NON DAIRY – like i mentioned before this still has trace amounts of dairy protein! Casein and whey are both cows milk protein. Silk makes excellent coffee creamers or if you’re a Prime junkie like me, try NutPods – they’re the same consistency as half and half and SO GOOD.
7. I’ll save you money and tell you, do not try any cheese substitute.
They’re all trash. All of them. SO Delicious just came out with shredded cheese – this one hasn’t come to stores near me yet so I haven’t had a chance to try it. I’ve heard it’s actually good though.
8. Two things you wouldn’t expect to have dairy protein in them – vaccines and WINE.
9. A quick list of my favorite dairy free stuff:
- Aldis Peanut Butter Pretzels
- Tyson Chicken Nuggets
- Birdseye lentil pasta (in the freezer section)
- Anything Udis brand (also in the freezer section)
- Anything Amy’s brand (also in the freezer section)
- Newmans O’s (organic oreos, yes regular ones are dairy free too)
- Graham crackers, Ritz crackers and poptarts are too
- Not a favorite but MAYO IS DAIRY FREE.
10. Cows milk is made for baby cows – not humans.
Number 10 isn’t really a life saver its just a little note for you to go research if you’re really interested. Truly milk isn’t actually not good for us anyway. I lost 60 pounds when I first went dairy free with Ellie and I feel AMAZING without dairy.
Does that mean I will be dairy free forever? Not exactly. Once Ellie outgrew her dairy intolerance I still mostly didn’t have dairy but ya girl loves ice cream and string cheese – so those I will eat again one day. But for the most part I still avoid adding cheese on stuff or replacing cows milk with almond milk when possible.
If you’re a newly dairy free mama, or looking to be dairy free, YOU CAN DO IT!! 🙂