I am allergic to all milk and diary products, which seems to be in every recipe, ie> cheese, because it is high protein. Can you please suggest alternatives. Also allergic to artificial sweetners. Please help. Thank you so much.
Instead of milk, I use unsweetened chocolate or vanilla almond milk. It is made from almonds and is completely non-dairy. It is very low in carbs, the texture is good and it is quite acceptable in cereal etc. However, it does not do well for puddings because the pudding won't set well, but stays sort of ...loose.
There are sugar free, non-dairy creamers for coffee. They come in a lot of flavors.
Have you tried stevia? it is a no-carb, plant-based sweetener. There are many brands and many flavors. I like the plain, chocolate and lemon flavors. I use the liquid kind with a dropper, though it is available in packet/powder form as Truvia.
I'm not sure if you are suggesting this as an idea for the Recipes for Healthy Living section of diabetes.org, or just asking the question in general.
Products like soy milk or almond milk can be a helpful alternative for people who have problems tolerating dairy products and they can be substituted in many recipes. Another helpful aspect is that they often have fewer carbs than regular milk.
It would be nice, though. to have a section about substitutions somewhere, pointing out products that are especially helpful for people with diabetes or diabetes and other dietary restrictions.
I am late getting to this comment but I would like to add that I found that non dairy creamers aren't always "non". I became ill from these products several times and found out later by reading the fine print that there is milk in most of the non dairy creamers. I too suggest almond milk. I love the stuff! I don't care for it in my coffee but use it in many dishes. I found that I can make a homemade pudding with it rather than use it with commercial puddings. I am not sure why it turns out well, I just know that it is so good. The type I buy has only 1 carb and sometimes I will find the label will say 2 carbs to 1 cup.
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