I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for National Dairy Council and the LACTAID® Brand. I received product coupons from the LACTAID® Brand to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
If you've followed us lately, you know that we've had some major diet changes in our family. It's been a complete lifestyle change, honestly, and it hasn't been easy - but it hasn't been as hard as I expected it to be. There are so many substitutions for the foods Saff can't have, that it makes it a lot less stressful than it would've been without them.
Some foods were difficult to replace, and others were nearly impossible. Because we didn't want to give up dairy completely, we switched to lactose-free cheese and milk. We've found that aged, hard cheeses are naturally lower in lactose and many yogurts contain live and active cultures which help digest lactose.
Did you know that an estimated 30-50 million Americans believe they are lactose intolerant?! That's crazy. Dairy products can improve bone health during childhood and adolescence, when bone mass is being built, so if we can keep dairy... why wouldn't we?
At first, I wasn't sure if LACTAID® Milk was a suitable replacement in my pancake recipe. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it worked wonderfully! There was no consistency or taste difference, and that's because LACTAID® Milk is 100% real milk that is lactose free. You can get it in whole 1%, 2%, and fat-free varieties. Use it for baking and cooking, or even for drinking. LACTAID® also has ice cream and cottage cheese!
Because Grace and Sapphire are the ones that are lactose intolerant, I made sure they tasted the LACTAID® first. I wanted to know their honest opinions, and you know they'll give them. :) They both had no issues with it, and Gracelynn was over the moon excited to get to drink milk again, without having to rush to the bathroom with a stomach ache.
If you aren't sure about going gluten-free, or aren't sure about LACTAID®, try this recipe out first. It's super simple, tasty, and a favorite in our house. It's always easier to make the transition when you're eating delicious food.
Gluten Free Pancakes
1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon flax meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup LACTAID® Milk
Blackberries or other fruit for "syrup"
Mix together flour, flax, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine honey, vanilla, applesauce, and LACTAID® Milk.
Tell the dogs "no" when they ask for your awesome pancake recipe.
Mix the liquid and dry ingredients together, slowly, until all lumps are gone.
Pour pancake batter onto hot, greased griddle. Cook about 2 minutes each side. Serve with fruit, maple syrup, honey, or a cinnamon/sugar/butter mixture (our favorite!).
National Dairy Council® is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. Developed by NDC and the National Football League, Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. We've used this model to encourage our kids to get moving.