I went dairy free when I connected my stomach issues with my drinking milk or eating any type of dairy. I have asthma and am on 2 medications to keep me symptom free, but I would start wheezing when I ate milk chocolate. My doctor diagnosed me with IBS after doing a series of blood tests for celiac and thyroid. These tests came back negative, but a Lactose test was never done. Once I gave up dairy, I no longer seek out bathrooms within a 1 yard radius and I no longer have the painful gas.
I switched to almond milk or rice milk, whichever is on sale. It is so much better for me. I went a little overboard with the Soy Lattes with 7 sugars, but I've successfully rehabbed myself from drinking them. I quit cold turkey when I noticed a bit of weight gain.
And while I don't miss dairy as part of my daily diet, I would like to have a treat every now and then . . . like ice cream.
I love smoothies too. So I figured I could make "ice cream" in my old, powerful blender that I've owned since I was 13 (about 22 years). No need for a Vita Mix at this point. However, I want one. I really . . . really . . . REALLY want one.
What I mixed:
- 1 frozen ripe banana (the ones you don't want to throw away but look too yucky to eat).
- 2/3 c. (cold) almond milk
- 2 tbsp almond butter (cold); I keep mine in the fridge.
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
Yum, chocolatey! And then I discovered Purely Decadent and haven't made this since.