If you’re considering a dairy-free diet, you’re not alone. According to recent surveys, around 12% of the Australian population is now avoiding dairy products and with the rise of delicious dairy-free alternatives, it’s easy to see why!
In this article, we will explore what a dairy-free diet entails, and how to make it work for you.
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Dairy-free for beginners: here's where to start
Keep an eye out for sneaky hidden dairy
Hidden dairy is one of the biggest challenges for people who are trying to go dairy-free. Dairy can be found in all sorts of unexpected places, from sauces and salad dressings to breads and breakfast cereals.
If you’re not careful, it’s easy to accidentally consume dairy without even realising it. This can make staying dairy-free much more difficult than it needs to be.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can help you avoid hidden dairy. Keep an eye out for sneaky ingredients like casein, whey, and lactose, and always read the labels on food packaging carefully.
Be sure to ask questions when dining out
Eating a dairy-free diet at home can sometimes be easier than when dining out. That being said, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to check whether a dish has dairy when you’re out and about!
Most restaurants will be happy to accommodate your dietary needs, or at least will be able to advise you on which dishes to avoid, so don’t be afraid to ask how a dish is prepared. Also, opting for any labelled vegan options is a surefire way to avoid dairy when eating out.
Sticking with a dairy-free diet doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right knowledge and planning, you can make it work for you – and enjoy all of the amazing benefits that come along with it!
Remember the benefits
A great way to remain dairy-free is to remind yourself of the benefits. Adopting a dairy-free diet can offer a range of health benefits, including:
– Increased energy and vitality
– Improved digestion
– Weight loss or maintenance
If you want to find out more, be sure to read our blog on the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Find easy swaps
One of the easiest ways to make the switch to a dairy-free diet is to find tasty alternatives to the dairy products you eat on a regular basis. If you like milk in your coffee or cereal, try as many as you can until you find one you enjoy the taste of. If you like yoghurt try soy, coconut, or a nut-based yoghurt and see what works for you. In regards to butter alternatives, you can try coconut oil or margarine. And if you’re a cheese fan…
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Try new things
While going dairy-free does technically mean that you’re restricting the foods you can have, it doesn’t have to be that way in practice.
There are so many delicious dairy-free recipes and alternatives out there that you would never have tried if you hadn’t made the choice to give up dairy.
If you need help figuring out what to eat, we can help – we have heaps of dairy-free recipes for whatever you fancy. If you want an option that’s even more digestible (see what we did there) then check out our 13 easy plant-based dinner recipes – there’s really something for everyone!
Nooch is your friend
If you’re looking for a cheesy ingredient that’s dairy-free, vegan, and delicious, look no further than nutritional yeast.
It has a nutty, cheesy flavour that makes it perfect for adding to all sorts of dishes – from savoury sauces to baked goods. Nutritional yeast is a great source of B vitamins, zinc, and protein, so it’s a great addition to any plant-based diet.
Try it out for yourself to see how delicious it can be. We recommend stirring it into pastas, stews, and just about anything else… Although the name can sound a little unappetising, believe us when we say it is one of our favourite ingredients!
Do your research
Removing dairy from your diet is a big change, and it’s important to do your research before making the switch. Any major diet change should be taken seriously, and consulting a doctor before omitting dairy completely is the most reasonable approach to take. Once you’ve got the go-ahead, though, there are plenty of resources and options available to help make the transition easier!
Dairy-Free Down Under make going dairy-free ch-easy for the whole family
Dairy-Free Down Under is an industry leader in plant-based cheese alternatives. Our products are all gluten-free and vegan.
With over 30 years of food manufacturing experience, we have dealt with major supermarket chains like Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, and IGA. In addition, we are working with the largest food service channels across Australia and overseas.
We have a range of products that are available in major supermarkets across Australia and overseas.
Dairy-Free Down Under currently exports to 12 countries around the world and is looking to expand its outreach to assist our consumers with supply. Our mission is to manufacture and produce plant-based products that our clients can source globally. We believe great dairy-free options are for everyone! Find a stockist near you today.
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