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Dairy Free Alternatives?

Have you found that most soy cheese has milk protein??? What's the point? Is it the same as having dairy? My DS (2 1/2) has had stomach pains for a few weeks and the Dr. asked I cut all dairly from his diet for a week. Easier said than done since that's ALL he eats...uug! ANyway, what dairy free alternatives do your toddlers like?

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coolchic320

Asked by coolchic320 at 6:34 PM on Oct. 5, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • We drink almond milk...
    Soniam301

    Answer by Soniam301 at 6:35 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • We have soy milk and he is cool with that but what about cheese and yogurts?
    coolchic320

    Comment by coolchic320 (original poster) at 6:36 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I wish I could help...I can ask my sister what brands she uses later. She is lactose intolerant. I do know she shops at Whole Foods for that stuff.
    Soniam301

    Answer by Soniam301 at 6:40 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Thanks...I see ALLOT of products there but I want something a toddler will actually like...
    coolchic320

    Comment by coolchic320 (original poster) at 6:41 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Try rice-based cheeses or look for vegan cheeses. Both come in slices and you can get the rice-based cheese as a grated parmasean.
    http://www.followyourheart.com/product-family.php?id=2 (vegan cheeses)
    http://www.galaxyfoods.com/Products/RiceCheese/ (rice cheeses)

    For yogurt, there's soy-based or coconut-based yogurts. The coconut is really good.
    http://www.wholesoyco.com/our-products/soy-yogurt (soy yogurt)
    http://www.stonyfield.com/stonyfield/organic_yogurt/osoy/smooth_and_creamy/chocolate/index.jsp (soy yogurt)
    http://www.turtlemountain.com/products/coconut_yogurt.html (coconut yogurt)

    For ice cream, there is soy-based ice cream, rice-based ice cream & coconut milk-based ice cream. Again, the coconut is really good. My son prefers it to the soy or rice-based types.
    http://www.turtlemountain.com/products/purely_decadent_Coconut_Milk.html
    http://www.tastethedream.com/ (soy or rice-based ice cream)
    mom2aspclboy

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 6:56 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Thanks mom2!!!
    coolchic320

    Comment by coolchic320 (original poster) at 6:58 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • As far as getting something your son will like, that's going to be trial & error. None of the alternative cheeses have the same taste or texture as cow's milk cheeses, so that may be a big challenge for you to get him to eat.

    For the alternative yogurts, they're of a similar texture as regular yogurt, but the flavors will be very different. My son was good with the stronger flavored ones like the chocolate or mixed berry flavors.

    All of the alternative ice creams are pretty good, but again, there will be texture differences. The coconut ones are very tasty, but do have a fairly strong coconut undertone. My son loves the cookie dough flavor & I'm partial to the chocolate (tastes like a mounds candy bar almost).
    mom2aspclboy

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 7:01 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • A lot of times if kids have issues with milk, they have issues with soy too. Maybe try taking out soy as well.
    Mipsy

    Answer by Mipsy at 9:58 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Can he have goat's milk? My son is allergic to cow's milk & soy. We buy goat or sheep cheese for him. Rice Dream ice cream.. I use rice or corn pasta.
    motherofhope98

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 7:32 AM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • You guys have been very helpful and informative! Thanks! The Dr. Said absolutely NO dairy for a week. So unfortunately no goats milk. Cross your fingers there aare no major issues
    coolchic320

    Comment by coolchic320 (original poster) at 8:15 AM on Oct. 6, 2010

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