“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” I could only imagine, people with lactose intolerance aren’t screaming for joy. It can be quite unpleasant: symptoms can include cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. In this article, I’ll discuss eating tips for those with lactose intolerance.
Sounds like an obvious one, right? But it’s the closest milk substitute that actually tastes just like the real thing. Good news: even though, the lactose is removed, you still get the same vitamins and minerals as you would in regular milk.
Other popular alternatives include soymilk, almond milk and rice milk. My favorite is almond milk. If you like to add a little cream to your morning coffee, give these substitutes a try. I just discovered coconut cream on the shelves in my local store; I have not tried it yet but it sounds delicious, non? Let me know in the comments below if you have and what you thought.
For the most part, people drink milk is to get their intake of calcium to help maintain strong and healthy bones. Luckily, both lactose-free and almond milk offers a good source of calcium. But if you’ve opted out of drinking milk (alternatives) altogether, make sure you are adding foods that are enriched with calcium. You’ll get a good dose from the following foods: white beans, collard greens, canned salmon, sardines, and dried figs. Check out this Chicken and White Bean Chili: it’s packed with protein and calcium plus it’s dairy-free. Enjoy!
Recipe from Tasty-Yummies.com
Once you are ready to start making the chili, heat up 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over a medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, garlic and peppers and saute for 5-7 minutes until the onions are translucent.
Add the spices, but put in very little salt at this point (salt can affect the cooking of the beans, so most of your salt once they are done cooking). Give it all a good stir and let it cook another minute or so. Add the chicken broth and the white beans. Bring to a boil. Once boiling take the heat to a medium-low and place the cover on and cook covered for 1 1/2 up to 2 1/2 hours, stirring every once in a while. You don’t want it boiling, so you may even take the temperature to low, if need be.
Beans can take much longer than that if they are older, so make sure to give yourself enough time. Dried beans can be tricky like that. You are looking for the beans to be tender and creamy but don’t boil them or overcook them and turn them into mush.
Once the beans are close to cooked but with a little bite yet, add in the shredded chicken to let it finish cooking. It will continue to shred more as it is cooking, so don’t stress about shredding it perfectly. Give the chili a quick taste at this point and add more sea salt and pepper, to taste. Allow it to finish cooking with the lid on
For most baked good recipes, it requires milk to help mix the dry ingredients nicely. A tip from WebMD, when recipe asks for buttermilk, “add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of plain milk substitute to make your own.” Also, if the recipe askes for milk powder, you can use the same amount of coconut or soymilk powder instead. I didn’t even know that soymilk comes in a powder form, did you?
For my birthday, I decided to bake cupcakes. My friend suggested to use coconut milk instead of milk in the recipe. The result: party favorite. Best part: the cupcakes were moist for a couple of days. I baked them on a Thursday night eventhough the party was on Saturday. No one noticed, they thought I baked them that morning.
It’s the season to cozy up with a nice creamy soup. Instead of preparing soups with milk or creams, use coconut milk. Not sure about you, but I’m a fan of Thai soup.
Recipe from Elana’s Pantry
- Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium heat
- Add shallots and cilantro, stirring frequently until softened ?2 to 5 minutes
- Stir in stock and coconut milk and bring to a simmer
- Pour broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids (shallot and cilantro)
- Return broth to saucepan
- Reduce heat to medium , add mushrooms and broccoli and cook until tender ?2 to 3 minutes
- Add chicken and cook, stirring constantly, until no longer pink ?1 to 3 minutes
- Combine lime juice, curry paste and fish sauce in a small bowl then stir into soup
- Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro, chilies and scallions
- Serve with wedges of lime
Also the easiest way to make chili or soup is with a slow cooker. Check out this one from Crock-Pot.
An enzyme is required to help the digestive system to break down lactose. Therefore, those with lactose intolerance are faced with an enzyme deficiency. Depending on your tolerance of discomfort when eating dairy, it might be worth look into getting enzyme pills, lactose tablets or drops. Note: Please advise a health care practitioner before taking any pills.
Being lactose intolerant has its days, luckily there are great solutions to manage your diet. We’d love to hear from you on this issue, please comment below on ways you deal with this dietary challenge.