I was at Whole Foods this past weekend buying our weekly staples but had two extra items to find: a gluten-free flour tortilla and shredded dairy-free cheese. Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are on our Green Chef menu this week. I have a gluten-free daughter who’s tired of the taste and texture of corn tortillas and a dairy-free daughter who just wants some normal cheese, please!
I want all children to embrace their genetics for health and eat accordingly, but I get lazy and easily discouraged trying new products in our home. So I focused on how they’d smile, biting into a Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas adapted especially for them (IF it tastes good)! I’d be ecstatic if we found two new gluten-free, dairy-free alternatives that passed the family taste-test.
I stood in front of the tortilla display and picked up my best guess. At that exact moment, another woman walking behind me said to her friend: “We love those Siete almond flour tortillas.” Bingo! I put the other back, grabbed that one, and headed to the dairy-free cheese section for the first time in years. I saw another brand, Violife, and put the bag of cheddar shreds into the cart. Voila, this mama was rockin’ her weekly shopping chore.
Funny story. My cheese-loving girls mistook the cheddar shreds for standard cheese and loaded it into their turkey chili. No complaints! Great texture and taste. Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are tonight, so we’ll see if the almond flour tortilla flies.
Gluten-free dairy-free living seems hard when we focus on pain: losing something we love. When we focus on the pleasure of feeling symptom-free, eating according to our genetics becomes easier.
In 2002, I started eating gluten and dairy-free and helping families do the same. Since then, the market has exploded, choices are getting tastier, and some alternatives even hit a home run in texture. See P.S. for our current favorites.
Health is simple. We complicate it. When you adapt your diet and lifestyle for your genetics, you achieve vibrant health naturally. When you don’t, you feel it every day through symptoms. Don’t stay stuck in dis-ease. You and your child deserve vibrant health naturally!
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P.S. Dairy-free Favorites: Ghee instead of butter, Whole Foods Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Whole Foods Plain Unsweetened Almond Milk Yogurt, I Love Ice Cream Too!, Violife Cheese
Gluten-free Favorites: Rumi’s Passion Challah Bread, Snyder’s Gluten-Free Pretzels, Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Pastas, Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, Simple Mills Everything!!!
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About the Author: Dr. Sue McCreadie
Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue) is a board-certified pediatric physician and mom of three, with two decades of experience helping thousands of families achieve vibrant health naturally. In her pediatric practice, she helps children achieve health naturally by adapting their diet and lifestyle to optimize their genetics. Since transforming her health and wealth through a science-backed nutritional system, Dr. Sue helps other women and healthcare practitioners live their best life fit and financially free. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, Dave, and their three children, Kaitlin, Elle, and Addison. www.FitFemFree.com