I know its been a while since my last post. What can I say? There needs to be more hours in a day. Would be great if someone could work on that.
I’ve been gluten-free for almost a year now. The transition hasn’t been too difficult. I used to be a huge fan of bread. Every day it was bread, bread, bread. When I first went gluten-free I was baking my own bread at home. Sometimes from scratch, sometimes from a box. Despite my domestic urges that stem from being raised in an eastern european home where the female and male roles were clearly defined in an almost caveman-like fashion (Woman cook! Man work!), I quickly grew tired of having to bake bread every week. Don’t get me wrong. I love cooking, but what I love even more is the freedom to choose when and what I cook or bake. My kitchen is a place where I feel free to create whatever my little heart desires & craves that day. So “having to” bake the same thing every weekend became such a bore!
While going gluten-free has been a relatively smooth transition, I’m now faced with a need to be lactose free. Awesome. So. Awesome. I’ve been lactose free for a couple of weeks now and I’m finding it almost easier in some ways than being gluten-free. I’ve switched from cow’s milk to soy milk — which turned out to be a delicious switch thanks to Silk’s vanilla flavoured soy milk. I looked at the other lactose free options in the grocery store. Lactose free milk was waaaaay too pricey; the fat content in almond milk and coconut milk was too high; and rice milk had nothing nutritious in it. The soy options were reasonably priced, there were several brands, and there seemed to be a variety of flavours (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry). Soy it was!
I did a “trial run” of the milk with a bowl of Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise and the result was Total Yummers! Besides being absolutely delicious there’s an entire list of reasons why I’m going with Silk:
- 6 grams Soy Protein
- Excellent Calcium Source
- 100% Lactose and Dairy Free
- Very Low Saturated Fat
- No Artificial Colors, Flavors
- Naturally Occurring ALA Omega-3
- Zero Cholesterol
- Absolutely NO LACTOSE!!!
Soy milk in place of cow’s milk works for me. But I’m a HUGE fan of cheese (and pretty much all milk products, such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, etc.). **sigh** I need to look into healthy substitutes for all of those because my cravings are mad.