I’ll never forget Thanksgiving, 2004. I was enjoying some delicious, creamy mashed potatoes, when all of a sudden, it hit me like a punch in the gut. Stomach pain — and worse. I asked to be excused and couldn’t return to the table for nearly 45 minutes. I grabbed my then-boyfriend (now husband) and made a hasty exit.
The culprit? All that heavy cream and milk added to the mashed potatoes. I have had an official diagnosis of lactose intolerance since I was 18 years old, and I should have known better. But I got lax, and it ruined that holiday for us.
That’s the year I started drinking Lactaid. I had basically been trying to avoid dairy up until then, but it’s hard, especially in traditional recipes like mashed potatoes. And now, I have a child who I believe is lactose intolerant. It’s really difficult to bring my 5 year old son to birthday parties and not allow him to eat the ice cream with his cake, but I know it will make him sick.
Which is why I was SO excited to learn that Lactaid makes an ice cream. Unfortunately, it’s not available to me locally, but I have been making my own ice cream with Lactaid whole milk. Yummy — and no one is left out!
I was so excited to be invited to a webinar with Melissa d’Arabian, mom of 4, and host of 10 Dollar Dinners on the Food Network, and Michelle Harrington, Registered Dietician, sponsored by the Motherhood. Even though I am being compensated by The Motherhood, all opinions and experiences are my own.
I learned SO much about lactose intolerance AND how to navigate its challenges in this conversation with Melissa Michelle
For example, did you know:
- Lactaid is slightly sweeter than regular milk (with the same amount of sugar) because it contains an enzyme (lactase) that breaks down lactose into two simpler sugars, glucose and galactose?
- You can substitute Lactaid for milk in any recipe using a 1:1 substitution ratio? This is because Lactaid is 100% real dairy milk with the same nutrient profile – just with added lactase.
- Lactaid contains half your RDA of calcium (500 mg) in one 8-oz serving?
- Lactose is easier to digest when you eat it with other food — not on an empty stomach? (which is probably why that morning glass of milk is hard to digest)
- Lactaid makes chocolate milk that contains NO high fructose corn syrup?
- Lactaid makes a great selection of products like cottage cheese, all types of milk, ice cream, and eggnog! You can see the full product lineup here: http://www.LACTAID.com/products
I love that Lactaid has the same amount of sugar per serving as dairy milk, but with a sweeter taste. That makes it great for making ice cream, smoothies, and as coffee creamer! You don’t even need to add sugar.
Melissa was also full of great tips! Here are some of my favorites:
- I never know what to use for ricotta cheese in my lasagna: Melissa suggested adding Lactaid cottage cheese with 1 egg in a food processor to get the same consistency of ricotta with less fat and no lactose!
- She also mentioned that if you are lactose intolerant, you may be able to experiment with hard cheeses like Pecorino, Swiss, and Gruyere. They all contain less lactose than soft cheeses.
- Greek yogurt is often easier to digest as well, since it has more protein and less lactose. In addition, it contains healthy probiotics.
- It’s easy to make your own lactose-free buttermilk by adding 1 tsp vinegar to 1 cup of Lactaid milk
I liked Melissa from watching her on the Food Network, but after hearing her talk about her family, her menu planning philosophy (no more than 5-minutes), and how she navigates a work/family balance, I seriously want this woman to come to my house and give me private lessons. I really respect any woman who can balance a career with being a great mom, and she seems to absolutely be doing that.
Her philosophy is so simple: When you’re working, work. When you’re at home, be at home.
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