Friday, October 30, 2015

My dairy free child can still eat yoghurt

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When bub's dairy allergy was initially diagnosed one of the first things I thought of was all the foods she'd miss out on. Having dairy + soy allergies I assumed there wouldn't be many alternatives out there for her. So I figured she'd just have to miss out on things like butter, milk, cheese and yoghurt. And for the first year of her life she pretty much did, because I didn't know any better.

When the other kids in our mothers group started eating yoghurt, cheese and biscuits, she was still eating pureed fruit and veggies. One of the hardest things about being an allergy mum is telling your child they can't have the same food as everyone else. It's even tougher when your child is only a toddler and doesn't understand why. So after months of saying no, I decided to start researching to find alternatives that she could have. 

After joining a few allergy support groups online I discovered there are quite a few dairy free alternatives out there, I just hadn't been looking in the right places. Going shopping for allergy friendly foods can sometimes feel akin to going on a treasure hunt without a map. The obvious place to look is in the health food aisle, but there are other gems hidden throughout the supermarket, you just have to be willing to look a little harder. I quickly worked out most of them are hidden way up high on the shelves you never think to look at. Seriously if you're an allergy mum, looking up can change your life. That's how I found her special yoghurt and it opened up a whole new world for us.

While shopping in Coles about a year ago I stumbled across Alpine coconut yoghurt hidden high up on the top shelf of the yoghurt section. Alpine yoghurt is a coconut milk based yoghurt which is dairy free with no added colours, flavours or preservatives. It's one of the best kept secrets when it comes to dairy free foods. I wish I had of known about it earlier. If you have a child with allergies you'll understand just how exciting it is to find a new food they can eat.

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Coconut yoghurt has a lovely creamy texture with a delicate coconut flavour. Its perfect for breakfast {especially on the mornings she refuses porridge or weetbix} or as a snack. I also blend it with fruit to make home made ice-blocks during the warmer months.

Over the past year coconut yoghurt has become one of bub's favourite foods. Yoghurt is one of those rite of passage foods all kids should get to experience and I'm so glad that she gets to enjoy it despite her allergies. The best part is she has no idea that its slightly different to the yoghurt her friends eat. To her its just goghurt and I swear she'd eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if she could {some days when she's refusing other food I've almost resorted to doing this}.

A word of warning though, although it's slightly thicker than normal yoghurt, it can still result in a lot of mess if you look away for a few seconds. There have been many times where I've looked over at the high chair only to discover she's covered the tray, her face and her hair in yoghurt. Apparently she was "painting". She's lucky she's so dam cute.


Yoghurt fun
Yoghurt is not only yummy, it also makes great face paint.
Posted by Finding Myself Young on Saturday, October 31, 2015

A few months after I first discovered Alpine yoghurt in Coles they replaced it with No Udder coconut yoghurt so we've switched to that instead. Coles have also brought in No Udder almond yoghurt which is also a dairy free yoghurt, however we're yet to try that. For now bub is quite content with the No Udder coconut yoghurt, but I plan on introducing the almond yoghurt later on as well. Alpine coconut yoghurt is also still available exclusively at Woolworths.
Dairy free yoghurt alternatives - alpine coconute yoghurt, no udder coconut yoghurt and no udder almond yoghurt.
I can't tell you how amazing it is to have so many dairy free yoghurt's available, considering a year ago I thought she'd never be able to eat yoghurt at all.

Toni x

Disclaimer: This content is not intended as a substitute or replacement for medical advice. Please consult with your advising health professional and thoroughly read the ingredient lists prior to consuming these products. 

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18 comments:

  1. Hi Toni, Nudie have just recently released a coconut yoghurt which is available exclusively at Woolworths at the moment (boo, I shop at Coles but I duck into Woolies just to buy this!). It's my favourite coconut yoghurt as the original flavour is akin to greek yoghurt in taste (i.e. not sweet) so you can use it for sweet and savoury dishes. Heads up that the original flavour is completely vegan (so no dairy or animal products) but the blueberry and vanilla favours both have honey included (not sure if bub can have that). Just as an alternative option. It's 6.99 for 500g which I think is well priced too :)

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    1. Haha we only shop at Coles too, so I didn't even know it existed. Will have to check it out.

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  2. My local bestie's son was dairy allergic when he was little. He knew he couldn't eat 'moo milk' and they eventually managed okay but it was a challenge. She's tried to reintroduce it a few times and it starts okay but he ends up having a reaction.

    He's just turned 4 and she's seen a specialist and they've found he's over that allergy but is lactose intolerant. Much easier of course cos it's catered for so much better than being completely dairy allergic!

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    1. Yes part of me wishes she was just lactose intolerant because it would be so much easier. We've tried re-introducing soy and she can tolerate soy sauce but nothing with actual soy milk in it or she has a reaction straight away. We haven't tried cows milk yet because she still reacts to things that even say "may contain traces of milk" when there's not even any milk in the ingredients so I'd say we'll be avoiding it for a while yet.

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  3. How did you like the Alpine? I've seen the NuLac and the consistency put me off a bit ... I'm not allergic but I'm trying to eat less dairy on my road to veganism.

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    1. The Alpine was thick also from memory {we haven't had it for a few months since Coles switched to No Udder because we don't shop at Woolies so I can't remember 100%} but it has a slightly different texture if that makes sense. Bub loved it so its worth a try.

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  4. I've been putting the coconut yoghurt into reusable pouches for my son so he can have the same as his sister (which is VERY important when you're 2!!).

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    1. I put it in reusable pouches too when we're going out {and sometimes when were at home just so she can eat it without me having to stop her "painting"}.

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  5. I have never heard of this alternative but will look for it! My nine year old will never consume dairy due to his allergy which will be with him for life. My boy is very underweight due to his late diagnosis and is lighter than his 7 year old brother and the same height too. He was diagnosed at three after persistant visits to doctors who brushed off his dreadful symptoms but by then, the damage had been done.

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    1. I have a feeling bub's allergy will be for life too as she's shown no signs of improving over the last 2yrs. How horrible for you that he wasn't diagnosed until 3yrs old. The drs tried to brush off bub's symptoms repeatedly too, its so frustrating as a parent to know something is wrong with your child and have a dr tell you it's nothing. You should definitely look out for them, they've been a life saver for us. Its always good to have more alternatives they can eat.

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  6. I recently tasted coconut rice cream and it was delicious, I forget which brand. I'm so glad you found something she really enjoys. Zoe xx

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    1. Its so good having foods she loves that are ok for her allergies :)

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  7. Oh, I hadn't heard of Alpine! I might look into it. We don't have dairy allergies but sometimes, it's good to try different yoghurts - especially when so many can have such high sugar content.

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    1. Definitely give it a try Grace, I always love finding new yoghurt flavours. Plus is really healthy.

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  8. We love these yoghurts too. Thanks for putting me on to the Alpine one. It's sensational.

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    1. They're so good hey. I'm so glad the girls get to eat yoghurt.

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  9. Yoghurt is such a yummy, comforting snack. I'm glad she still gets to indulge! x

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    1. Yep it certainly is awesome that there are brands who cater for dairy free kids {and adults}.

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