Our Journey to Becoming Dairy Free
For the past year (and some change), we've gone from restricting dairy - to completely eliminating it, to eventually landing somewhere inbetween.
Confession, my entire life I have been a lover of all things dairy. . A cold glass of milk was heavenly, a piece of aged cheddar - divine! This all took a sudden turn, when Stella started having issues with her bowel movements. I decided to forgo the pediatrician, and head to my naturopath to decipher what was causing my than 18 month old, painful hard stools. . To my surprise, I was than tested for food sensitivities (apparently our immune system are underdeveloped before the age of two, and what showed as a sensitivity in me - would correlate to her, as I was also nursing her at the time)
Low and behold, my test results showed what I kind of secretly sensed . . Dairy, on all front's - with the highest level of sensitivity marked next to it. . Gah! It's like the rug was ripped from under me, and all of sudden all of my favorite food's were off limit's. . Yet, if cutting out this once loved food group could help my poor little toddler - who was having such painful bowel movements, that it was causing fear & the early stages of withholding . . I was game!
Fast forward to months of me gradually eliminating, to eventually cutting it out completely - and Stella was having regular, soft bowel movements - with no dietary supplements, or medicine needed.
Since Stella's digestive system improved, we've become a little less strict with the dairy eliminating. At one point, I was reading ingredients on everything - and if a cracker had dairy listed in the ingredients, I didn't buy it . . Now, she can eat muffins - or baked good's that contain some dairy (not often) - but she can't have straight up dairy like ice cream, butter, yogurt, or milk. . we tested this out, and her poor tummy just doesn't know how to digest it.
This smoothie was actually inspired by our old dairy filled favorite, that we would drive to Carlsbad village solely for (it was that good!).
Not only did I nail the taste, and swap out the dairy - but added some extra health boosting ingredients to make this a truly satisfying smoothie filled with lot's of plant based protein.
The Plant Based Power House
Looking at the photo above, you would think that all that creamy white stuff came from a dairy cow - but it's all pure plant based protein!
This, coconut yogurt is delicious and tastes just like dairy yogurt. I use the vanilla flavored one - to add a bit of pizzaz to my smoothies.
My milk of choice, is my must-have dairy free item . . Ripple milk! Seriously you guys, they nailed it with this one. I can eat a bowl of cereal again, without pretending to like it - because It really tastes like milk . . I can't explain it. You just have to try it for yourself! Ps - it is made with peas, and therefore has lot's of protein (8g per serving)
For extra plant based power - I added these chia seeds, which are loaded with fiber, protein, and omega's. I also added some of these hemp seeds, for even more of a protein and omega 3's punch. . How much you use is up to you ! I used about a 2 Tbsp of each, but probably should put more since there is about 3 servings in this smoothie.
tips to make this delicious everytime
I never use to follow recipe's when making smoothies - and would frequently end up wth some, not- so stellar results. So the last time I nailed this smoothie, I decided to finally write it down - so that I could not only share with you all, but have it yummy always!
Tips I've learnt to make this smoothie super delicious:
1. Frozen bananas yield the creamiest, iciest results! I've tried using ripe banana with ice, and it was watery - and not the creamy thick consistent you get with frozen bananas. . So buy lot's of banana's, and freeze them into chunks once they are over ripe.
2. Agave nectar, just a little bit - really brings out the flavor or everything. I try not to use it, but when I really want to make this delicious - it's a must.
3. High quality peanut butter can really add a lot of depth to this smoothie. In this recipe I used this peanut butter, which is great because it's organic - and powdered (so blend's easily) - but I just recently discovered the most amazing coconut peanut butter from our local Leucadia Farmer's market - and have been using that instead.
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Yogurt
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 1/2 - 2 Cups Dairy Free Milk
- 1 Cup Frozen Bananas
- 1-2 Tbsp Agave
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
Stella thankfully loves smoothies - or as she so sweetly refers to them "moobies" . She will occasionally request me to make her one, and this is usually the one she wants. Even better, if it's later in the day and we are craving something sweet - I'll add coco powder. Yummy!
Will you be trying this?
I'm so nosy! I want to know when you try it, and what you thought about it! Anything you'd add - or eliminate? Also - let me know if you've have tried Ripple milk yet, and if you agree that it tastes just like milk (in cereal) . . It's seriously all I ever talk about. Lol