Have you recently discovered that you are lactose intolerant? Do you want to give up dairy for a healthier lifestyle? Are you wondering how on earth you’re going to live without chocolate and ice cream? Well don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with our “Guide to Dairy Free Eating.”
Becoming a “dairy free eater” may sound like the hardest thing in the world, but in 2014, there are plenty of options out there for people who cannot consume dairy, or who have decided to avoid it for health and ethical reasons.
Luckily, most supermarkets now carry a range of “free from” foods, which cater for both gluten and dairy-free diets. Although these “free from” sections are still quite small, it is a step in the right direction for dairy free eaters.
The best place to stock up on dairy free essentials is at stores like Planet Organic, Wholefoods or your local health food shop. They will usually carry a much wider range of “free from” foods, and will always have well-trained staff on hand to help with any queries you may have. There are also a number of great, online stores that offer a huge range of healthy brands, delivered right to your door. We particularly like Nature’s Healthbox (http://www.natureshealthbox.co.uk)
So, what should you add to your basket? Here’s some delicious, dairy free brands that we highly recommend:
For the chocoholics out there, Conscious Chocolate’s range of handmade, raw chocolate bars are to die for. Sweetened with agave nectar, and using only cacao butter and coconut butter to create a soft, creamy texture, these bars are heaven for the dairy free eater/vegan. (http://www.consciouschocolate.co.uk/)
For those of you that can’t live without the creamy, loveliness of ice cream and yoghurt, look no further than Coyo. Their gorgeous coconut-based (yay!) products contain zero dairy, and no added sugar! Bonus. (http://www.coyo.co.uk/)
Cheese lovers will be happy to know that Vegusto create a range of dairy free/vegan friendly “cheeses” made from a variety of “no-moo” ingredients, including nuts. (http://vegusto.co.uk)
Attention gym bunnies, beware of the ingredients in your protein powders, as a lot of them tend to contain milk/dairy! For a nutritious alternative, try Purple Balance’s Raw Protein Powders. (http://www.purplebalance.co.uk/)
And then there’s us! Here at Chi, we offer two, gorgeous, dairy free products; Espresso Coconut Milk & Chocolate Coconut Milk. Millie Mackintosh recently expressed her love for our Espresso drink, telling her Instagram followers that it was her latest “addiction.” It must be good! (http://www.chilondon.com/chi-products/)Chi will be launching a brand new, dairy free product very soon. Watch this space!
If you’re worried that you might be lactose intolerant, or allergic to dairy, check your symptoms here: https://www.nhs.uk/symptomcheckers/pages/symptoms.aspx and speak to your GP as soon as possible.