Our second daughter experienced respiratory problems and ear infections her entire first year–until we discovered her dairy sensitivity as well.
When our third daughter started breaking out into a rash every time I consumed dairy, we decided it might be best for all of us to give it up.
But honestly? Giving up dairy hasn’t been all that difficult.
I will admit that I still miss cheese, but switching to a dairy-free milk to drink, use in smoothies or to cook with, etc. has been very easy.
Now, I will not just use any dairy-free milk on the market today (and there are many!). Any dairy-free milks I allow into my house must adhere to the following criteria:
How to Choose a Dairy-Free Milk
1. It must taste good.
You may think I’m kidding, but I’m not. I have three little girls with powerful taste buds. If I want them to drink milk, it must taste delicious.
2. It must be nutritious.
My personal choice for dairy-free milks include either almond or coconut. I believe both of these include good amounts of healthy fats plus calcium and other nutrients vital to my girls’ growing brains.
3. It must contain very minimal additives.
Virtually all store-bought milks will contain some additives. If you want something 100% additive-free, you will have to make your own dairy-free milk with a high-powered blender.
But when buying dairy-free milk from a store, the fewer the ingredients, the better.
4. It must be easy to cook with.
One reason that switching to dairy-free has been so easy for our family is because I’ve found it very simple to make our old recipes with a substitution of a dairy-free milk. Soups, creamy sauces, puddings, etc. are really no more difficult to throw together if you’re using a good dairy-free milk.
5. It must not contain carrageenan.
This is a biggie and worth a mention all its own. There are many natural and organic products on the market today that include this additive, but I believe it is potentially dangerous. I have a personal friend whose brother-in-law had cancer, and his doctor told him to never eat anything with carrageenan in it!
I have only found one brand of dairy-free milk to meet all of these qualifications–Silk.
I recently introduced my family to Silk’s new almond-coconut blend, and they loved it!
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Do you drink dairy-free milk? How do you choose a dairy-free milk?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.