the good, and the bad.

Journal of the dairy-free diet trial continues. 

Things that have so far proven to be acceptable, if not good replacements are:

chocolate soy milk (he ❤ ‘s it!!!) 

WholeSoy soy yogurt

Amy’s Organic Soups (we have to look for the “vegan” ones.  These are the only ones assured of having no animal products at all, therefore no dairy.)  It was amazing to me to find out that most soups that we use on a regular basis, even soups like vegetable beef, have dairy/milk protein in them!  Never would have known that before…

EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars… make for a good Nutri Grain bar replacement

and the best???

Andean Dream Quinoa Cookies!!!  They are “vegan” cookies (again, zero animal products) and come in a variety of flavors.  We tried out the “chocolate chip” and Eli LOVES them!  They are especially good because they come individually wrapped, so they keep fresh longer (which is good since he’s the only one eating them!) and they travel well.

Things that have not gone over “well” per se:

Rice/Vegetable pasta.  I personally don’t think it tastes that bad, but it’s definitely different than wheat pasta.  Eli did not care for it much, but surprisingly, Rachel ate a good amount. 

Yet untried:

Cheddar flavored soy “cheese”.  It’s not actually cheese, but something kind of like it.  I don’t know why I haven’t tried it yet other than I’m afraid of the repercussions.  The face of “oh my gosh mom, why did you feed this trash to me?”  So, that will have to be a later update!

I’m so glad that we live in a city large enough to boast a Whole Foods grocery, which is where I found these items.  There is just not a lot of selection of dairy free (other than soy milk) at the chain grocery stores that have taken over our area.  The downside?  It was a good drive, and the cost… wow.  Specialty food is definitely NOT cheap.  But, worth it to try to figure out what’s wrong with my sweet baby boy! 🙂

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