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March 1st, 2013, 06:58 AM
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Do you have any recipes or food/snack ideas to share? It's not as hard as I thought it would be. So far the hardest for me is the parm. cheese in pesto, and butter. I like to put butter in my oatmeal and on biscuits etc. so breakfast is kind of difficult. I got almond milk though and while I wouldn't just drink it, it's ok on cereal and in oatmeal.

Any tips? Btw, oreos are dairy-free!
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March 1st, 2013, 10:16 PM
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Luna bars are dairy free. They say they're processed in a place that processes milk, and so may contain traces, but unless you have the absolute most severe allergy, they are effectively dairy free.

I don't have any particular recipes, I've mostly been eating minimal ingredients: naked salads, meats I dress and prepare myself, rice with just a spice or two. This isn't how my family eats, so I end up cooking two meals, or it's canned soup for them. I know that's not helpful, it's just how I've coped.

I have noticed that a milk-free diet should be good for weight loss. All my guilty pleasures have butter or milk solids in them!
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March 2nd, 2013, 07:15 AM
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Oreos are dairy free indeed! For breakfast I do a lot of oatmeal with almond milk, craisins and a little brown sugar or eggs with a slice of ham or bacon on an English muffin. Lunch consists of soups, meat, salad...same with dinner....chicken noodle soup, pasta fragioli, chicken cutlets, pork chops, etc.
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March 2nd, 2013, 11:31 AM
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I've been dairy free for three weeks now. It's been a challenge that's for sure. But we can see a big difference with Sarah Beth.


For breakfast I do pancakes - bisquik is df, oatmeal (not all instant oatmeals are df), eggs, toast or cereal with rice or almond milk.

Lunch is usually leftovers from the previous nights dinner. If no leftovers I will make some stir fry or chicken nuggets rolled in regular Lays potato Chips. I've found a df Sarah Lee bread so I can have sammiches again!!

Dinner has been a bit more challenging because I love cheese! But my friend has really helped me out and I've found that its not as hard as I thought it would be.

Forgot to add that Earth Balance makes a good df butter!
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March 2nd, 2013, 02:28 PM
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Thanks for the input. I just started it a few days ago so it will be a bit before I can see if it's helping Lincoln or not. The hardest for me is the sweets my kids like. Today I photographed a bday party for a 1 year old, and the mama sent me home with a bunch of cake for my kids and I want to eat it soooo badly, lol.

I got some bisquick and some df butter, and I've found some crackers and breads and cereals and things that are df so I feel like I've got a decent staple of foods to keep me going. I need to come up with some sauces and things for the proteins we eat for dinner, like chicken breasts and fish filets, because I prefer them with something on them.
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March 2nd, 2013, 08:12 PM
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I also avoid casein and whey. There are tons of df blogs that have lots of recipes & snack ideas. You're on my fb...go to my page and find where I was recently tagged in my friends post to her blog. She and a friend just started. They've both got several allergens they cook around so its really helped!!
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March 2nd, 2013, 08:57 PM
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I'll go check it out now. I made some biscuits tonight with almond milk and they were great. I didn't LOVE the df butter but it was ok.

I'm down like 5 lbs since I started doing this, lol. Although part of that is probably because we started working out again, but I'm definitely not eating 99% of the junk I used to eat, because it all has milk in it.
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March 2nd, 2013, 09:46 PM
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I'll go check it out now. I made some biscuits tonight with almond milk and they were great. I didn't LOVE the df butter but it was ok.

I'm down like 5 lbs since I started doing this, lol. Although part of that is probably because we started working out again, but I'm definitely not eating 99% of the junk I used to eat, because it all has milk in it.
Same here! The longer I'm df the less the stuff I used to eat. I find we are actually eating better now that I can't have dairy since most processed foods contain some sort of dairy. I'm also discovering meals/snacks that I've never had not thought I'd enjoy.

The one thing I do miss is my yogurt. I bought some Silk yogurt but its not that good. It has a different taste than I'm used to. It's hard to adjust to the flavor differences.
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March 3rd, 2013, 05:31 AM
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Btw...mayo is dairy free from what I understand so chicken and tuna salad are a go! Wooohooooo! Tyra....might I be able to add you...or you add me on FB....so that I could see your recipes as well?
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March 3rd, 2013, 07:14 AM
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I second Earth Balance "butter".
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March 3rd, 2013, 09:01 AM
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Btw...mayo is dairy free from what I understand so chicken and tuna salad are a go! Wooohooooo! Tyra....might I be able to add you...or you add me on FB....so that I could see your recipes as well?
Sure can! 'Chad N Tyra Spain' might be able to find me by just my name.
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March 3rd, 2013, 12:22 PM
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I'm not dairy free anymore, but my seven year old is, and I was for about four years after she was born. We discovered we prefer the Smart Balance Light margarine to the Earth Balance. Has to be light! But it has a better flavor, and is cheaper. Nucoa makes sticks that work quite well in baking. There are tons of df blogs with recipes, and they usually have substitutions. Aside from margarine and almond milk, we prefer just making dairy free rather than substituting. Asian dishes are usually safe. And the handiest trick ever taught to me is to look for kosher labeling. If you see a U in a circle, accompanied by the word pareve, you know it's dairy free, and you don't have to read the entire ingredient list and try to remember all the "code names" for hidden dairy.
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March 3rd, 2013, 02:54 PM
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And the handiest trick ever taught to me is to look for kosher labeling. If you see a U in a circle, accompanied by the word pareve, you know it's dairy free, and you don't have to read the entire ingredient list and try to remember all the "code names" for hidden dairy.
I just read that recently! I like that most processed products now highlight at the end the allergens contained. That's made it easier to grocery shop. Or, rather, it's made it easier to put groceries back on the shelf knowing they're off.
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March 4th, 2013, 07:32 AM
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Sure can! 'Chad N Tyra Spain' might be able to find me by just my name.
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I just read that recently! I like that most processed products now highlight at the end the allergens contained. That's made it easier to grocery shop. Or, rather, it's made it easier to put groceries back on the shelf knowing they're off.
Ahhhh yes...parve! Jelly rings are parve! Lol!!!
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