June is Dairy Alternatives Month

Home Care in Lawrenceville NJ

Home Care in Lawrenceville NJLow-fat dairy foods are a great source of calcium as well as other essential nutrients and can be a very important part of an elderly adult’s healthy diet. However, for elderly adults who have sensitivities to dairy foods or who are lactose intolerant, getting enough calcium and other nutrients can be challenging. Thankfully, there are many dairy alternatives that are nutritious and tasty that can help those who avoid diary to maintain a healthy diet. The entire month of June is dedicated to these dairy alternatives and to encouraging all people to give them a try. Many dairy alternatives are low in fat, can be used in baking, and contain many vital nutrients. If your elderly loved one has a sensitivity to dairy or is lactose intolerant, encourage them to try one of these delicious diary alternatives during the month of June:

Almond Milk

Almond milk is an excellent milk substitute. It can be eaten in cereal and oatmeal, used in baked goods, and enjoyed plain. Almond milk (unsweetened) is lower in calories than regular milk, but it naturally does not have as much calcium or vitamin D. However, many varieties of almond milk are fortified and are a great source of calcium and vitamin D.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great alternative to butter in baked goods, sautés, and even to spread on toast. Nutritionally, they are both very similar and contain a good amount of saturated fat, so it is important to use coconut oil as sparingly as butter. Some elderly adults may enjoy the coconut flavor when using coconut oil in baked goods or as a spread.

Soy Creamer

If your loved one enjoys cream in their coffee, going dairy-free doesn’t mean that they will have to start drinking their coffee black. Soy creamer can be used to flavor coffee and it tastes much like the dairy version. Many soy creamers now come in different flavors, as well.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

One thing that elderly adults who go dairy-free may miss is ice cream. While non-dairy frozen treats such as sorbets or Italian ice might be tasty, they may still crave the creaminess of dairy ice cream. If so, a great alternative is coconut milk ice cream. Coconut milk ice cream is now widely sold in grocery stores and it can also be made at home in an ice cream maker.

Source: http://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes/how-to-substitute-cream

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Lawrenceville, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
(IDNs).
Tom Smith, President & CEO