If you’re looking for dairy-free products to try, these are my 20 favorite dairy-free products that I’ve tried and love!
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I wouldn’t wish a food allergy on my worst enemy. Your body goes through absolute hell trying to rid itself of its trigger. Before discovering I was allergic to dairy, my only experience with food allergies was years ago when I discovered I’m allergic to chamomile.
My first reaction happened while I was sewing up mini dreams pillows filled with dried chamomile and lavender. I remember getting very itchy and it felt like a severe case of spring allergies. I thought nothing of it. The more severe reaction happened when I made myself a cup of chamomile tea. Thankfully, I didn’t take a sip because as soon as I brought the cup to my lips, my mouth started itching, it felt like my throat was closing, and my face got very swollen.
It was a bit of a different experience finding out I was allergic to dairy. I’ve never had a problem with dairy in the past, but your body is constantly changing as you get older. The reaction to dairy didn’t happen immediately like the reaction to chamomile. It was delayed.
Lactose Intolerance vs. Dairy Allergy
After my first reaction subsided, I gave my body a break from dairy. I wanted to see if I could reintroduce it into my diet. Big fat nope! A few days later, my body went under attack again. That was that and now I’m a dairy-free girl.
I haven’t officially been diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist. I self-diagnosed with the help of Dr. Google and process of elimination. But did I have a reaction to dairy or just lactose? The big difference is the way your body reacts. If you’re lactose intolerant, it’s more of a digestion issue. But a dairy allergy makes your body go into attack mode. It thinks that dairy is the enemy and it puts up quite the fight to get rid of it.
That’s what happened to me. Twice. It felt like a bad case of seasonal allergies paired with stomach issues (I’ll spare you the details) and a full body case of itchy eczema that lasted for about a week.
My Favorite Dairy-Free Products
As a bigtime foodie, I am willing to try just about any food. So this journey into a dairy-free lifestyle is just another foodie experiment for me. I’ve gotten so many great recommendations and tried some delicious dairy alternatives – and some not-so-delicious alternatives as well. But these are some of my new favorites that have become a staple in my kitchen!
- Oatly Oat Milk
- Califia Farms Unsweetened Oatmilk Barista Blend
- Violife Mozzarella Shreds
- Miyoko’s Creamery Fresh Vegan Mozzarella
- Kite Hill Plant Based Sour Cream
- Abe’s Mini Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- Ozery Bakery Snacking Rounds Cranberry Orange
- Plant Based Parm Crisps
- Soy Free Vegenaise
- Flavor God Cheese Seasoning
- Cashew Cheddar Sauce
- Kite Hill European Style Cultured Almond Milk Butter
- Violife Just Like Parmesan Wedge
- Whole Foods Plant Based Cheddar Cheese
- Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
- Kite Hill Dairy Free Ravioli
- Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares
- UNREAL Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
- So Delicious Dairy-Free Coconut Minis
- Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Netflix & Chilll’d
I’ve been getting a lot of my dairy-free products from Whole Foods or my Hungryroot deliveries. It’s been a bit of trial and error figuring out what dairy-free products are better than others. So far, these are all winners and some of these products have already made several repeat appearances in our kitchen.
What Does This Mean for the Future of My Blog?
Even though I’m living la vida dairy-free these days, that doesn’t mean there will be a huge change in upcoming recipes. I’ll be using dairy-free products from here on out, but you could easily swap in the real thing! We keep it simple!
If you have a dairy-free home or just prefer to live a dairy-free lifestyle, I would love some of your product suggestions! What are your favorite dairy-free products?
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