Cutting Out The Dairy

Plan The Meals Of A Vegetarian Teen
Plan The Meals Of A Vegetarian Teen
Plant-Based Meal
Plant-Based Meal

Blissful Ignorance

There is a pandemic of misinformation surrounding the food industry. In countries like the United States, obesity has blown through the roof; so much so that it is a world leader in ‘fat’ per capita. Much of this unhealthy eating is credited to the focus on sugary drinks, fast foods, and unknowing to many – dairy also gets a pass in this regard.

The dairy industry has been propped up by the federal government and for the most part, convinced the masses on the benefits of drinking a tall glass of milk every day. However, you must be saying: what is the deal? Studies have shown that drinking lots of milk does very little to protect against bone breaks and in certain cases can aggravate cancer. The first thing that comes to mind when we speak if milk is calcium, and the lesser-known protein – potassium; these can be found in much greater amounts in plant-based foods like kale and black beans. Dairy products are known to induce inflammation and swelling that can worsen certain conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Making a shift from milk to other sources from a plant-based meal is the need of the hour. Read on…

Foods That You Must Substitute

Milk 

Milk is one of the first steps when it comes to phasing out dairy from your diet and switching over to a cleaner, safer source. There are plenty of non-dairy equivalents that offer flavor; and these include soya, oats, almonds, rice, and hemp, etc. When buying these, make sure to read the label to see that there aren’t any added oils and sugars in them.

Cheese 

This is easy. Many people will find it difficult to let go of cheese, but the good thing is that there is no short of alternatives, for instance, you have soy, almond, hemp, and many other ingredients. There are heavily processed fake cheeses that you need to stay clear from. These contain isolated proteins such as soy protein isolate and have oils added to them. To get the cheesy flavor, you could substitute cheese with tofu, nut butter, and nutritional yeast. You may even blend in soaked cashews and use them to bring out the richness of dishes. Miso, tahini, and tamari can be used to replace dairy cheese in recipes.

Yogurt

There are many alternatives available for you to choose from in the market today like unsweetened and non-dairy options.

Drop the dairy and switch to plant-based food to enjoy the quality of life you deserve.