Clients and students of mine have mournfully confessed they are addicted to cheese. They don't want to be yet it's out of their control they say. I get it, truly I do. The high fat, salty and creamy or sharp, raw or old cheese creations are designed to be additive. And if you've read the book by Michael Moss, Salt, Sugar, Fat you can attest to it not being 'your fault. Blame or lack there of aside, what can you do about this addictive that is wreaking havoc on your health?
Well I have some answers and better still, all kinds of options for you.
Read on for you are sure to be pleased and perhaps even relieved. There is hope.
Cows milk and dairy products made with cows milk (along with sheep and goat) can be a major source of gut disrupt along with skin and respiratory conditions and challenges. The solution, look for plant-based options – ideally artisan non-dairy cheeses (locale brands if that’s an option). There is a growing offering of truly outstanding, whole food, gourmet faux-mange cheeses. I’ve included some brands below and also added some links to recipes of my own for DIY options. 😊
STORE BOUGHT NON-DAIRY CHEESE OPTIONS
In Canada: Zengarry, Nutsforcheese, Violife, KiteHill Go Veggie, Blue Heron
In the US: Miyokos, Punk Rawk Labs, Treeline, KiteHill
In the UK: La Fauxmagerie
STORE BOUGHT YOGURT OPTIONS
Choose unsweetened versions and use fruit, pureed dries fruits like date jam, raw honey, coconut, date or maple syrup, stevia or Lakanto to sweeten it.
In Canada: YoSoy, Silk, Forager
In the US: KiteHill, Coconut Collaborative, Cocoyo, Forager, Nature’s Promise
Check this out for additional options…
NON-DAIRY MILK, CRÈME and DIY NUT CHEESE RECIPES
Savory Cashew Creme Coconut Almond Milk
DIY Yogurt Crème Lemon Berry Silken Tofu Parfait
Cashew Ricotta Cheese Cashew Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Cashew Parmesan (I just love this!)
Coconut Whipped Creme Raspberry Cheesecake Non-Dairy Teri-mi-su (Insanely good).
Cashews take the lead in many non-dairy cheese creations, yet you can sub in macadamia nuts, soaked and peeled almonds, and Brazil nuts. All work well for non-dairy milk as well.
The above list will continue to evolve with discoveries I make. Share yours too in the comments and be sure to tag me if you taste test any of the recipe creations. It’s always super to have your feed-back. Finessing is something I am known for. 😊