Food and Drink

My Favorite Dairy Substitutes Since Apparently My Pregnant Body Hates Dairy Now

The title is a bit misleading: my body has never particularly liked digesting dairy. But it’s generally been limited to the occasional upset stomach when I have too much milk or ice cream. Since I got pregnant, I found out that one of my primary food-related triggers of nausea was dairy products. For a while during the first trimester, I just had to completely cut out dairy foods, other than butter and a very small amount of cheese. Of course, this meant that I couldn’t engage in one of the most fun stereotypical pregnant lady behaviors: excessive ice cream consumption. I also found that my standard snack of a bowl of cereal, or my morning matcha latte were now off-limits. So I spent some time looking for non-dairy replacements.

Now, I’ve gone dairy-free at various points in my life for one reason or another, although always previously decided it wasn’t worth it, so I had an idea of what I didn’t like in terms of non-dairy products. I’m not a fan of most commercial nut milks, and I don’t particularly like the effect on my body of replacing all my dairy foods with soy. So I had to look a little further. I managed to find some newer nut-based dairy substitutes that are richer than previous products I’ve tried. And I actually found a delicious substitute for ice cream. And since I have these delicious (not just tolerable) replacements, I haven’t felt the need to test out much dairy even since my nausea has abated.

Nut “Milk”:

I think my main issue with nut milks is that I consume whole milk or cream when I consume fluid milk. While I was raised on lowfat milk, I switched to whole milk pretty early on in my young adult life and have just never looked back. So all nut milks have always tasted kind of thin and watery to me. I did find that New Barn Barista Almond Milk worked alright in tea lattes for me, but I didn’t like it on cereal.

But then I tried Elmhurst Milked Cashews. Oh my god, it’s amazing. It doesn’t taste nutty. It actually kind of tastes like half and half. It’s amazing on cereal or in tea, or just on its own. I’m really glad I’ve found a nondairy milk that I can enjoy.

Ice Cream:

Of course, one of the things I was looking forward to was eating lots of ice cream because the baby needs the extra calories, right? My mom ate Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream the whole time she was pregnant with me. So imagine my disappointment when I realized that ice cream was out.

And then I found Coconut Bliss. So yummy. I’ve tried several flavors and loved all of them, but I think my favorite so far is the Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge. It’s kind of like a nutty Nutella ice cream. So if you’re looking for a rich, creamy nondairy ice cream, try it out. It does have a mild coconut flavor to it, so if you really hate coconut, you might not like it, but I don’t find it distracting. And honestly I appreciate that the coconuttiness keeps my husband out of my stash!

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4 thoughts on “My Favorite Dairy Substitutes Since Apparently My Pregnant Body Hates Dairy Now”

    1. I did try lactaid, but it doesn’t seem to be lactose intolerance. It’s something else about dairy that just makes me feel sick. Luckily, I don’t have to feel deprived now!

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