"Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said, 'I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze 'em!?" -Calvin, from Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes"
If you want to maximize your weight loss and improve your health, it would behoove you to ditch dairy. As a generation who grew up on milk, we were taught that “milk does a body good”. But what's the actual evidence telling us?
Dairy has been linked to...
- Acne breakouts
- Digestive issues
- Allergies and nasal congestion
- Weakening hair and nails, and...
- WEIGHT RETENTION
Despite the persistence of the dairy industry, which deceptively portrays milk as a staple of the human diet, milk products are far from essential to the human body. (Hang on. Why the hell would baby cow food be a necessity for humans? Can we just pause and meditate on the absurdity of this for a second?)
There are plenty of dairy-free foods that provide the nutrients your body requires. For example, mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, calcium is found abundantly in many foods including leafy greens, almonds, lentils, chia seeds, and hemp seeds... and there are too many sources of plant-based protein to list!
Don't love the idea of giving up ice cream and cheese? We've got you covered...
10 Delicious Dairy-Free Life Hacks:
Got 2 minutes and a blender? Grab hold of your favorite nuts and start milkin' (what did I just say?). Homemade nut milk is remarkably effortless to make and there are so many different options that you can choose from. Check out this recipe!
This cashew cheese recipe is SO versatile! Use it as a spread, a dip, a light and fluffy filling in place of ricotta cheese, or just eat it straight.
Instead of ice cream, blend frozen bananas until creamy for a sweet and refreshing summer treat. Get creative and blend in your favorite fruits or superfoods to craft your own flavors!
Trade butter for creamy avocado on your toast and sandwiches.
If you usually put cream in your coffee, try using nut milk instead and add a teaspoon of coconut oil for a “creamier” consistency. Caffeine in combination with the good fats provided by coconut oil will actually give you an extra energy boost!
Using a recipe that requires buttermilk? Combine 1 cup of non-dairy milk with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 7-10 mins before using.
Finely grate macadamia nuts to replace shredded cheese on your pasta.
Ever heard of aquafaba? It's the viscous liquid found in canned chickpeas, and it can be whipped with your favorite healthy sweetener to make a light, fluffy dessert topping that can replace whipped cream or meringue!
If you eat yogurt as a source of probiotics, try making this keto-friendly coconut yogurt at home!
- Check out this decadent Skinny White Russian recipe!