Go deliciously dairy-free!

More and more caring people are choosing to be kind to calves and their mums by eating less dairy or going dairy-free. We'll show you how!

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Dairy's calcium myth

Clever marketing from the dairy industry has led many of us to believe that we must consume dairy for strong bones — this is completely untrue. Click here to debunk dairy's calcium myth!

Newborn black and white dairy calf in hay - a waste product?

Each year hundreds of thousands of bobby calves across Australia are discarded as 'waste products' of the dairy industry. Born only to keep their mothers producing milk, they're seen as economically worthless — but these vulnerable baby animals pay a high cost indeed. It's no wonder that so many kind Aussies are ditching dairy...

With an ever-expanding range of calcium-rich dairy alternatives available in supermarkets, going dairy-free no longer means missing out. Here are some of our favourite picks!

Milk

Soy milk — The range of soy milk is huge and brands differ markedly in taste, so shop around until you find one you like. Chances are there's another you may like even more! There are also many flavoured soy milks that will satisfy any chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or iced coffee cravings. Our top picks are Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite, Sanitarium So Good, and Aldi's Just Organic.

Soy-free milk — For those with soy allergies (or for those who simply prefer the taste) there's also rice milk, oat milk, almond milk and coconut milk. These can often be found in the long-life milk aisle or the health food section of the supermarket.

Dairy-free milk

Cheese

As with dairy-free milk, these 'cheeses' vary in taste among brands, but whether you like cheddar, mozzarella, smoked, or with chives you'll find one to your liking. For a great 'all-rounder', you can find BioCheese at Coles supermarkets — it melts, stretches and its mild flavour is often a hit with kids (of all ages!) Also try Tofutti Slices, (best for 'cheese' burgers), Melting Cheezly (for all occasions), Vegusto Mild Aromatic (great on crackers), or Tofutti Cream Cheese (plain, French Onion, Herb & Chive).


Dairy-free cheese

Chocolate

Most dark chocolate is dairy-free, such as Whittaker's Dark and Lindt 70%. Supermarkets also stock Sweet William blocks, bars and cooking pieces in white and 'milk' chocolate (in the 'health' food aisle). Often in the same aisle are LEDA's* amazing chocolate rum balls and biscuits akin to Tim Tams and Mint Slices. And in health or wholefood stores Bonvita, Cocolo, and Tropical Source have so many different varieties of chockie treats, with GoMaxGo providing the mouth-watering dairy-free versions of the most popular chocolate bars.

* Note: some LEDA products do contain palm oil.

Dairy-free chocolate

Marg & Cream

You can't go wrong with Sunburst or Nuttelex for your toast or in your cooking. They look like margarine but have a buttery taste. Nuttelex is also  available in varieties including lite and olive.

For all things creamy, we suggest Soyatoo. With topping, cooking or whipped cream in both soy and rice options, it's hard to go wrong. For sour cream, try Tofutti's Sour Supreme.

Coconut cream or milk can add richness and flavour to dishes like laksa, curries and mushroom sauce. It can be used in savoury or sweet recipes — check out this amazingly simple and yummy recipe for caramel sauce made with coconut milk and dates, and nothing else! And a dollop of coconut cream that's been chilled in the fridge makes a delicious topping for cakes, scones, pies and tarts.

Dairy-free marg & cream

Yoghurt

If you love yoghurt on your muesli or just as a snack, try Kingland Soy Yoghurt or Soy Life Yoghurt. Both come in a variety of flavours and are in the yoghurt section of the supermarket fridge. For a soy-free option, COYO coconut milk yogurt is delicious!

Dairy-free yoghurt

Ice Cream

For delicious dairy-free ice cream try Sanitarium So Good, a Tofutti Cutie, or a refreshingly sweet sorbet (Weis sorbets can be found in the ice cream section of the supermarket). COYO coconut milk ice cream comes in several amazing flavours - we can't go past the chocolate. And if you're looking for 'traditional with a twist' options like peppermint-choc-chip or cookie dough, you can find CocoLuscious coconut ice cream in independent groceries and health food stores!

Dairy-free ice cream

Shopping Online

If you have trouble finding any of these items in your local supermarket, ask at the counter or try checking in organic or wholefood stores. Or you could order everything without even leaving your computer from stores like Vegan Online, Vegan Perfection or The Cruelty Free Shop!

Dairy-Free Cooking

Keen to learn how to make easy dairy-free pancakes? What about a 'cheese' cake? Discover heaps of delicious dairy-free recipes at WhyVeg.com


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