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Whether you’ve decided to kick dairy out of your diet cold turkey (cold cow?) or you just want to dip your toe into lactose-free waters to see what it’s all about, the fallout can be intense. Like, “What the heck am I supposed to put in my coffee?” intense. We’ve got you covered. Here are six dairy-free swaps you’ll barely even notice. 

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Instead of creamer, try coconut milk

This substitute will change your life because it is just that damn good. A spoonful of unsweetened coconut milk in your morning cup is creamy, but not too sweet or overly coconutty.

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Instead of yogurt, try chia pudding

Ready for the easiest (and tastiest) breakfast ever? Mix ¼ cup chia seeds, 1 cup coconut milk and a drizzle of honey in a bowl and then put it in the refrigerator overnight. When you wake up, you’ll have a tasty, dairy-free treat that’s packed with protein.

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Instead of cream cheese, try nut cheese

Giving up our favorite brunch staple just isn’t gonna happen. But there are options, people. Cashew- and almond-based cheeses are not only dairy-free but also high in protein. And the texture is just like a spreadable schmear. Hardly a sacrifice.

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Instead of ranch dressing, try tahini

Creamy dressing makes even the most boring salad bearable. If you whisk tahini (basically a sesame-seed puree) with oil, vinegar and seasoning, you’ll get a rich and creamy dressing with none of the actual cream.

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Instead of sour cream, try coconut yogurt

Just because you’re giving up dairy doesn’t mean you have to say good-bye to your favorite condiment. Since tangy Greek yogurt typically makes a great substitute for sour cream, coconut-based Greek yogurt does the same job. Add some salt, pepper and chopped green onion, and dinner is served.

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Instead of ice cream, try frozen bananas

OK, it may not sound like it will hit the spot, but blended frozen bananas have a rich and creamy texture that mimics ice cream so well. Top a few scoops with almond butter and dark-chocolate chips, and you’ve got a bowl of (dairy-free) heaven.

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