Going Dairy Free? Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit is here to help!
I couldn’t be more excited guys! For today is a very special day on THF!
What makes it so special, you ask?
Well, for the first time ever, we’re having… A GUEST!
Our special visitor is none other than one of my all time favorite bloggers in the whole wide world, one of my first (and still to this day) favorite sources of inspiration, the amazing, the spectacular, the very adventurous, incredibly talented and ever smiling Leanne, of Healthful Pursuit.
Seriously, if you don’t already know Leanne, you really have to pay her a little visit. Leanne seems to have a magic gift when it comes to creating all sorts of amazing and super tasty recipes that fit the needs of those who have to deal with various food allergies and intolerance. Plus, she always has some interesting life story to share… and did I mention she’s incredibly funny? There’s simply never a dull moment with Leanne!
Needless to say I am extremely honored to have her here today.
Thank you Leanne for so generously offering to share with us not only a delicious dairy free recipe, but also a super handy toolkit to help us stay dairy free in a world where dairy is so omnipresent and sometimes very difficult to avoid.
Over to you, my dear!
GUEST POST BY LEANNE VOGEL OF HEALTHFUL PURSUIT
Goodness gracious, I’m so pumped to be here sharing a brand spanking new recipe with you. Are you ready for some dairy-free ranch dressing awesomeness?
Before I get to the recipe, I wanted to chat with you about dairy. Do any of these explain your current relationship with dairy?
- You’re dairy-free and are less than inspired about what you’re cooking.
- You know someone who is allergic/sensitive to dairy.
- You know that dairy is an issue for you but giving it up is like being asked to cut off your left leg.
Putting the struggles and frustrations aside, let’s get real with ourselves for a minute. Honestly, do you think that dairy (milk, yogurt, butter, cream…) may be causing health issues for you? Maybe you struggle with digestive issues, fatigue, clogged sinuses, adult acne, ear infections, yeast infections?
So, so, so many of us experience these symptoms but put off going dairy-free because we imagine that a life without dairy would be no life at all. I’ll admit, giving up the good stuff can be a challenge. Many of us grew up on it, know how to cook with it, have oodles and oodles of recipes that call for it…
But it doesn’t have to be this way! We can eliminate dairy, feel good and continue to eat tasty food.
After a decade of being dairy-free and learning what it takes to thrive on the diet, I created the Done with Dairy Toolkit – a (free) guide to living dairy-free with loads of dairy-free recipes and health tips from yours truly. Plus, the recipes are gluten-free and ridiculously simple. Recipes like homemade shredded cheese for your next casserole, chocolate pudding, butter cream frosting… the opportunities are endless!
And, to give you a little taste of what you’ll find over in my Done with Dairy Toolkit, I made a dairy-free ranch dressing for you that’s also vegan, nut-free and soy-free.
Dairy Free Ranch Dressing
- 1 cup non-dairy milk - I used unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons dehydrated onion
- 1 teaspoon coconut aminos or Braggs aminos or gluten-free tamari
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 tablespoon dried chives
- 1 tablespoon finely diced fresh parsley
- Add all ingredients but chives and parsley to the jug of your high powered blender and blend for 2 minutes until smooth.
- Transfer to a resealable jar, stir in chives and parsley. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
So you see, whether you’re new to the dairy-free lifestyle, totally overwhelmed by the thought of going gluten-free, or you’re a seasoned veteran, being dairy-free can be fun, colorful and exciting!
I’d love to know – have you tried going dairy-free? Do you have some dairy-free tips of your own? Please share!
Author bio: Leanne Vogel is a holistic nutritionist who has chosen to celebrate her allergies, overcome her food restrictions, release her negative relationship with food and live freely. You can find her living out her journey as she documents her latest adventures on her blog, www.healthfulpursuit.com.
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