I was about 13 when I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance. Before that, anytime it would consume milk, pizza, or anything with even the slightest bit of dairy in it, I would get so sick and my stomach would take days to recover. It wasn’t fun, and for my mom who didn’t have to ever worry about modifying her recipes for her other kids, now had to rethink all our meals. Simple Mac and cheese recipes and pizza nights were a struggle, and for a while I lived off plain pasta and veggies because worrying about dairy in my meals would send me into panic mode.
Fast forward many (many) years later and I’m managing much better than I was when I was younger. My tolerance to dairy has increased, so I can consume some cheeses but not others. Milk is still a no-go for me, but. LACTAID® has made it easy to deal with that. LACTAID was the brand my mom trusted when I was a kid, and it’s still the only brand I use for my dairy needs. What I love about Lactaid is that it is real milk. The enzymes my body is missing to break down lactose is put into LACTAID milk to help me digest better and not have any of the horrible side effects I deal with when consuming milk or some dairy products.
My oldest daughter sometimes experiences discomfort when she drinks too much milk, so for many of our recipes at home I use LACTAID. Our favorite rice pudding is just as delicious with LACTAID as it is with regular milk. The only thing missing is the lactose!
You can find out more about LACTAID® Brand dairy products by visiting Lactaid, and also visit the National Dairy Council Website for more information. When you use hashtag #BeyondLI on social media sites, you can connect with others who may be able to offer advice and tips on dealing with Lactose Intolerance.
I have two really yummy dairy recipes that I would love to share with you. You can substitute LACTAID for regular milk in your recipes. One of my family’s favorites is my delicious oatmeal. I know what you are thinking- oatmeal is easy and simple, but with a few extra ingredients you can make your oatmeal out of this world!
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
3/4-1 cup LACTAID milk
1 tsp Turbinado Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
sprinkle of cinnamon
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and stir until desired consistency is reached. Pour into a bowl and enjoy!
Old Fashioned Rice Pudding
6 cups LACTAID milk
1 cup long grain rice
1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
Bring LACTAID milk to a slow boil. Add rice and cook until soft. Add sugar and slowly add 1 tbsp of cornstarch at a time. Once you have reach a thick, milkshake consistency, add vanilla. Pour into a glass dish (like a Pyrex) and let cool to room temperature. Cover rice pudding and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
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