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When my youngest son was born, I had no idea what was coming. After 5 pretty content and easy newborns, I was unprepared for how hard it would be when he cried unconsolably for long periods of time. I felt like I was drowning in his cries, especially when I also worried I was failing the rest of my family. Finally figuring out that he couldn’t tolerate dairy in my diet, and immediately giving up dairy cold-turkey changed his entire personality. Finally I had a content baby. I’ll never forget the first time I got to sit still for half an hour with a happy baby in my arms – it was amazing after the constant motion and crying of the previous month.
I panicked about giving up dairy, since I love milk and cheese!. However, with the help of friends (and google) I slowly found good substitutes for dairy, as well as dairy-free meal solutions I enjoyed. Breakfast is always one of the most difficult meals of the day- even before going dairy free. When you are a mom, mornings are busy! Between children rising earlier than I would like, getting the kids breakfast, morning chores, getting everyone dressed, I find it hard to remember to grab breakfast for myself in the rush. Grabbing dairy-free breakfast was even harder!
So, today I’m sharing 4 quick and easy, dairy-free breakfasts for busy mornings. Any one of the following items alone make a great breakfast. If you want a really hearty, filling breakfast add a hard-boiled egg and you’ll have energy to last for the busiest of mornings! Boil several eggs and store them in the refrigerator for the week for a truly grab and go breakfast!
Yogurt and Mix-Ins
Wait, yogurt is dairy, right? Well, Silk offers a Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative that is really delicious! Giving up my go-to breakfast of yogurt was my first concern when I went dairy-free. Thanks to Silk, I didn’t have to give it up!
Keep several containers of Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt in the refrigerator with several mix-in options for a quick and easy breakfast!
My favorite mix-ins:
- frozen berries
- diced apple and cinnamon
- diced peaches and honey
- maple syrup and almonds
- strawberries and chocolate chips
Make Ahead Oatmeal
In a pint-sized Mason jar stir together 1/2 cup of oats, a container of Silk, and 1/2 a cup of non-dairy milk (soy, almond, rice, or coconut). Then add a handful of your favorite toppings- diced peaches or berries are my favorites. Close the jar and store in the refrigerator until breakfast. They stay yummy for several days, so you can even make a few at the time!
Blend a container of Silk, 1/2 a cup of non-dairy milk, 1/2 a banana and 1/2 a cup of frozen fruit for a yummy breakfast smoothie.
Mix a container of vanilla Silk and 1/4 a cup of peanut butter. Stir the mixture into a bowl containing a diced apple and banana. Yummy!
Going dairy-free in order to breastfeed this little one was not easy- but it was so worth it!
Whatever your reason, a dairy-free diet is a challenge. Half of that problem is shopping for dairy-free products- especially when you live in a small town. Thankfully Walmart carries Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt, no driving long distances to find specialty stores!
Why Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt? Mostly because I love yogurt and this is a great, delicious alternative! It’s smooth and creamy, plus it has 6g plant-powered protein, low in saturated fat, and is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. And its free of dairy, cholesterol, and artificial flavors and colors.
Look here for even more dairy-free recipe ideas!