Looking For Food Replacements For Your Old Diet

If you’re on RepairVite, ClearVite or simply a gluten free and/or dairy free lifestyle …. chances are that you are looking for some food product replacements as you grocery shop.  Maybe you want to replace your 2% milk or your pancake mix….we’ve compiled a list to help you grocey shop.

Here is a list of foods to try as you’re replacing some of your old favorites.

Cola and Tea Replacements

While water and herbal teas are best, there are times when you just want something with taste!

  • Try Zevia, which is a Stevia based diet cola drink. It comes in a huge variety of flavors! You can find this product at local grocery stores and specialty health stores.
  • Keurig has brewable iced tea drinks made with Stevia. Dr. Green’s favorite: the half and half which is half iced tea, half lemonade.
  • Celestial Seasonings offers a bottled Kombucha drink. For more information, see their website.
  • Hint of Water is a new product that is pure water, nature’s original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor. There is no sugar, no artificial sweeteners. You can find Hint at local grocery stores like Harris Teeter.

 

Milk, Creamer, Ice Cream and Yogurt Replacements

If you’ve given up dairy, don’t worry!  There are a huge number of products out there that you can have.

  • Silk Pure Almond has a great line of products!  Their refrigerated almond milk is a wonderful replacement for regular milk.  It is creamy and tastes delicious.  Buy it in unflavored, vanilla or dark chocolate.  They also have shelf stable cartons and cans that you can take with you when you travel.  This is perfect for RepairVite and ClearVite diets!  You can purchase this at local grocery stores and specialty health stores.
  • Zen almond milk pudding is a lucious replacement for pudding!  It is creamy and packs a huge taste!  Purchase this product at local grocery store chain Harris Teeter or specialty health stores.
  • Amande almond milk yogurt is a great replacement for traditional yogurt.  There are 4 flavors and it’s creamy and consistent with yogurt.  Find this at specialty health food stores like Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market.
  • So Delicious coconut milk products is another great resource.  They offer coconut milk yogurt, milk, coffee creamer, and ice cream products!  Find the full line of So Delicious at Earth Fare or Healthy Home Market or some of the products at Harris Teeter.
  • Almond Breeze has a wonderful product line of dairy free alternatives!  Our favorite is the shelf stable carton of Almond/Coconut milk blend.  You can purchase this at local specialty stores like Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market.
  • For those of you who can have rice, try Rice Dream or Almond Breeze rice milk.  You can find these at your local grocery store and most likely it will be in a carton, sold in the shelf stable/baking aisle.

If you’re worried about not getting enough calcium by replacing milk, be sure to eat nondairy foods that are especially high in calcium.  Some good sources are kale, collard greens, tofu, shellfish, salmon, legumes, and amaranth.

Butter Replacements

Sometimes you just need some melted butter on something like a sweet potato!

  • Earth Balance has a great line of butter replacements.  All of their products are plant-based, vegan, made without artificial ingredients or hydrogenated oils, and are free of gluten, lactose and eggs. Find them at Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market.

 

Cheese Replacements

Cheese seems to category many of us don’t want to give up!  There is good news for cheese lovers!

  • Daiya has a full line of cheese replacement products and yes, they do melt!  Find wedges and shreds at local health food stores like Healthy Home Market and select Earth Fare stores.
  • Parma is a great alternative to parmesan cheese without dairy, gluten and soy!  You can purchase Parma at local health food stores like Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market.

 

Egg Replacements

If you’re a baker, you may need to replace eggs in a recipe from time to time.

  • Flaxseed can be used as an egg substitution.  Mix one tablespoon ground flaxseed with two tablespoons warm water for each egg.  Blend and let it sit for one minute. Add one half teaspoon flaxseed oil to this mixture plus ½ teaspoon baking soda. Beat into recipe as you would an egg.
  • Ener-G has a product called Egg Replacer.  It is sold in a box and you can purchase it from local health food stores such as Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market.

 

Flour and Baking Mix Replacements for Baking

There are many types of gluten free, wheat free alternatives to regular flour.

  • Amaranth flour, almond flour, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, chia flour, corn flour (and corn meal), millet, potato flour (and potato starch), quinoa flour,  tapioca flour and teff flour are the most common forms of gluten free/wheat free flour.  You can find these at local health food stores like Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market.
  • Our favorite gluten free flour is from Jules Gluten Free and you can only buy it online.  It’s worth it!
  • If you’re trying to replace a baking mix, try Arrowhead Mills, which can be purchased at Earth Fare or Healthy Home Market.

 

Spice Replacements

Many spices have hidden sources of gluten (i.e. modified food starch).

  • A Vogel has a delicious line of organic seasonings.  The Herbamare is natural fine sea salt infused with organic fresh herbs and vegetables.  This is perfect for vegetables and meats.  You can find this line at Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market. 

Soy Sauce Replacements

  • Try Coconut Aminos from Coconut Secret.  This delectably delicious soy-free sauce, containing 17 amino acids, is dark, rich, and salty. It has an amazing resemblence to soy sauce and is made simply from raw coconut tree sap and sun-dried sea salt, naturally aged of course.  Use it in salad dressings, marinades, and as a seasoning for toasted nuts and seeds. Coconut Aminos have a salty flavor with a slightly, just barely, sweet aftertaste. They are great used as a dipping sauce for Nori Rolls!  They also have a number of other coconut-based products including coconut vinegar, coconut nectar, coconut crystals, and coconut flour.  Find this line of products at Healthy Home Market and select Earth Fare stores.
  • San-J has a full line of gluten free soy sauces and you’ll never know the difference!  Find them at Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, Healthy Home Market and Trader Joe’s.

 

Salad Dressing & Marinade Replacements

If you’re searching for pre made salad dressings, check out this list:

  • Organicville has a full line of salad dressings that are gluten free and many that are dairy free!  If you’re looking for a ranch dressing, this company has you covered!  Find this line of products at Earth Fare.
  • San-J has a complete line of gluten free sauces and dressings that taste great!  Find them at Earth Fare, Healthy Home Market and Trader Joe’s.

 

1 Comment

  1. larrisha smith /

    Dr Green, i was literally looking for something quick+refreshing to drink. I hv bn GF since May; I hd an anaphylaxis a.r. frm wheat and nuts. Gd bevgs r hard to find esp when im tired of crystal light and not suppose to hv soda due to GBS. . Anyway, u mentioned the keurig 1/2 & 1/2. I got some free a few mo. ago and 4got abt them. Wow was surprised it was delicious. Thanks u saved the day

    I noticed u hd posted some gf salad dressing, Kraft now mk gf dressing.

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