DAIRY-FREE ALTERNATIVE

The Dairy-Free alternative You Never Knew You Needed – cheese

Hey sisters! You know we’re all about wellness and living healthier lifestyles in all aspects, right. So when we bring you these tidbits about products out there, we mean well.

True wellness starts within, and we have to be more conscious of what we feed our bodies. Honestly, you don’t need to do much. Simple changes to our diet can prevent many diseases we all suffer from in the black community. 

 

I know you’re probably not into these plant-based, vegan type product options but honestly, because you couldn’t be bothered. Honestly you need to be.

 

There is a food insecurity and safety issue going on right now in America and you should PAY ATTENTION!

 

I recently read a letter from President/CEO of Consumer Reports, Marta Tellado, who is calling on the government to “apply the best science to address the broad array of food dangers…” 

 

Spices and baby food with dangerous heavy metals, chicken with salmonella. Source of food is important especially after the last two years we’ve had. 

Plant-based is a safer route. This is not being said to make you feel guilty, we all struggle with cleaning up our diets, the things that aren’t good for us taste so good that we feel it’s impossible to give them up. One of those things is dairy products. 

 

So, I’m here with another product that you should check out. It’s Cheese, and Misha’s Kind Foods specializes in dairy-free alternatives.

 

Studies show that 3 out of 4 African-Americans suffer from lactose intolerance. I’m sure you’ve had instances where you needed to run to the bathroom right after having ice cream or oats or fighting off sickening stomach cramps after eating a side of mac n’ cheese. 

 

Lactase is the enzyme responsible for milk digestion. Some findings have concluded that Africans and Asians stop producing this particular enzyme as we mature, this is why it is more difficult for us to digest dairy products. As a response to this lactase deficiency, our bodies exhibit symptoms like bloating, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and in some cases, migraines. 

 

It’s important to monitor your body’s response to different foods and how you feel in the days following consumption. Being aware of differences in your mood, energy levels, glucose levels, etc. can help you to pinpoint what types of food need to be increased, reduced, or cut out from your diet altogether.

 

I’m sure you’re already thinking of a couple of changes that need to be made, and I hope you’re taking note of them too. 

 

If you happen to love dairy products, but you’re lactose intolerant like me, I have good news for you. There are so many dairy-free, plant-based alternatives to the dairy treats we love, including cheese!

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Misha’s Kind Foods is a black-owned company that specializes in plant-based dairy alternatives. Chef Ian Martin and Aaron Bullock began operating in 2018, and since then their creation has been labeled the “Best Dairy-Free Cheese in the Market”. 

Both owners started with careers in the music industry where they became close friends. Ian trained as a raw vegan living foods chef and spent about 6 years perfecting his recipe for vegan cheese. He knew it was a hit when Aaron, his non-vegan friend, was blown away by how much it tasted like dairy cheese and could not tell the difference. 

With a firm belief in Ian’s creation and a shared desire to make healthy foods accessible to all communities, they partnered together and decided to officially launch the business in 2015. Both owners received a completely different response when they informed others about their new business venture. 

While Ian received tremendous support and encouragement, Aaron’s peers thought he had lost his marbles, but Aaron says he recognizes that there is an opportunity to create healthy foods that taste good to replace some of the foods we might love that don’t love us back quite as much. 

Ian and Aaron shared that they expect more Black people to catch on to the plant-based lifestyle in the near future. Their products aren’t specifically made for vegans but also for the culinary curious, plant-based fanatics, the health-conscious, persons who can’t consume dairy for religious reasons, and persons who just don’t want to have dairy. 

I would encourage anyone to take the plant-based route, there are numerous health benefits and the products taste great. Once you go plant-based for a few months, you’ll realize that we’re actually better off without dairy and meat.

In fact, for those of you familiar with the Dr. Sebi Diet, the second most-search diet on Google in 2019, you know that he recommends his very own guide called the Sebi’s Nutritional Guide, that restricts all animal products, including dairy, fish, and “hybrid” foods.

Misha’s Kind Foods has an array of cheeses with distinctive flavors that I cannot wait to try out. Some of them include:

  • Sari – Sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, cilantro
  • Seven Point Five – Strawberries, jalapeno, habanero
  • French Connection – Herbs de Provence, grains of paradise, black olives
  • Joi – Jalapeno, oregano, thyme.
  • Lox – Dill, capers, roasted carrots
  • Black Truffle – Black truffle, shallots
  • Holly Date – Medjool dates

There are also classic flavors like ricotta and sharp cheddar for those of you who prefer to play it safe. Did I mention that these products are also affordable? Yes ma’am. They retail for between $8.00 to $10.00. Not bad at all for no-cheese cheese.

Listen, I’m challenging you guys to swap out your dairy cheese for vegan cheese in the New Year, and I’m waiting to hear your feedback too. Enjoy cheese without the tummy ache guys, it’s literally the best of both worlds!

Check out the array of no-cheese cheeses at  https://www.mishaskindfoods.com/

And while we’re on the subject of eating plant-based, why not peruse our post from earlier this year on taking your power back through food.

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