I want to share a couple of my Naturopathic clients’ stories with you (don’t worry the dairy free recipes are coming!)
Ryan is a 16-year-old promising football player who has suffered from Asthma since he was very young. He has been getting more competitive with his football over the last few years he was feeling like his asthma was holding him back as it was at its worst when he was exercising. He was always congested. He was on a heap of medications to try and reduce his asthma but nothing was working and his specialists said there was nothing more they could do for him.
I recommended some big dietary changes for Ryan, including cutting out dairy. I also prescribed some nutritional and herbal supplements.
When I saw Ryan 6 weeks later he hadn’t had to use his puffer at all and he was thrilled that he could run and breathe at the same time! His dream of becoming an AFL football player is looking more hopeful than ever!
Milla is 2 years old and was coming down with croup, a respiratory condition every 3-4 weeks for the last 6 months! If your child has ever had croup you will know how distressing it can be for both child and parents. She also had a history of ear infections – poor poppet. She was continually being treated with steroids which and her mum was looking for a more safe and effective solution.
I recommended cutting out dairy as well as immune boosting herbs and probiotics.
Three months later and she hasn’t had a single bout of croup.
These are just a couple of my recent clients who have improved their health by going dairy free and while I don’t think dairy free is necessary for everyone there are many health conditions that can benefit from cutting down on dairy. Some of these health conditions include – asthma, allergies, eczema and respiratory conditions such as croup, bronchitis, and coughs.
I don’t just like to tell my clients to cut out dairy and send them on their way! I like to support them by giving them dairy-free recipe ideas. I also like to show people that giving up dairy doesn’t mean they can no longer have yummy, creamy foods!
Pure Harvest is one of my favourite brands, especially when it comes to dairy-free recipes. Here’s a couple of reasons why
- Pure Harvest almond milk is not only organic but activated! This means they use activated almonds in their almond milk that are easier to digest and more nutritious.
- They use rice malt syrup as the sweetener in their coco2 spreads. Rice malt syrup is a natural sweetener that doesn’t contain fructose.
So I have created some dairy-free breakfast recipes that I think your kids will love using Pure Harvest products. All the recipes feature 2 flavours most kiddies love – Banana and chocolate!
For a quick breakfast on the run
Chocolate bananas (Serves 1)
1 tablespoon COCO2
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
1 tablespoon raw almonds, chopped
Simply spread the Coco2 spread on halved banana and sprinkle with coconut and almonds.
A winter warming breakfast
Chocolate banana multigrain Porridge (Serves 2)
You can use any mix of grains, I used
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup rolled Rye
1/4 cup rolled quinoa
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pure harvest activated almond milk
Pure Harvest Coco2 spread, Pure Harvest activated almond milk and banana to serve
Mix the grains, water and almond milk in a saucepan and stir while you bring it to the boil. Turn heat down and simmer on low for 3 minutes or until creamy.
A Breakfast for the weekend
Chocolate banana buckwheat pancakes (Serves 3-4)
1 1/5 cups buckwheat flour (I make my own by blitzing buckwheat groats in my Vitamix)
2 cups Pure Harvest activated almond milk
Coconut oil for cooking
Pure Harvest Coco2 coconut, cocoa and almond spread and banana to serve
Mix together your buckwheat flour, eggs and almond milk to make your batter. Heat a frypan and add a dollop of coconut oil. Once the oil is melted and the pan is hot add a ladel of batter. When bubbles appear on the pancake flip over and cook for a minute on the other side.
Smear with a big spoonful of Pure Harvest Coco2 coconut, cocoa and almond spread, top with sliced banana and roll up.
A creamy dairy free hot chocolate to warm you up on cold mornings
Dairy free hot chocolate (serves 1)
25omls Pure Harvest activated almond milk
1 tablespoon coco2 Cocoa and coconut spread
Warm ingredients in a saucepan over low heat while stirring, pour into a cup and enjoy!
Removing dairy from your child’s diet doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of delicious alternatives and the results from removing dairy from the diet can be life-changing for some kids. It really is worth giving it a one month trial and taking notice of their symptoms (especially when reintroducing it back into their diets).
Many parents worry about calcium when they are considering removing dairy from their chilren’s diet which is completely understandable. Here is a video where I talk more about that .
If you want support and guidance when it comes to allergies, intolerances, gut health, immunity or atopic conditions such as eczema and asthma I can help! Find out more about how I can help and book an appointment here