Non-Violent Alternatives for Milk and Other Dairy Products
The easiest, most effective thing we can do, to stop this cruelty, is to buy or make alternatives to dairy products. With the abundance of choices nowadays, it is becoming easier and easier to remove the cruelty from our diet.
Milk – Use healthy, cholesterol-free soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, hemp milk or almond milk of various brands like Silk, Westsoy, 8th Continent, Rice Dream, 365, or Pacific Foods. Fortified, and available in many flavors, they can be found in nearly every major grocery store. To make almond milk or other nut milks, all you need is soaked almonds, a blender and a sweetener if you choose. Coconut milk makes a rich dessert and can be consumed by those without heart disease risks, as the saturated fat does turn into cholesterol in one’s body.
Yogurt– Cashew, soy, almond and coconut based yogurts are also available. With non dairy cultures available online or in some stores such as Whole Foods you can make your own. For Indian kadhi, you can use a limdu leaf or other sour flavoring if you don’t have vegan yogurt handy.
Cheese and Butter – While there are many brands of non-dairy butter, watch out for palm oil. The production of palm oil has killed monkeys and other animals that used to live in the forests that were cut down and burned. Daiya brand vegan cheeses melt as well as any dairy cheese. Other high end vegan cheese brands, such as Miyoko’s, are proliferating! The “Un-cheese Cookbook” and Artisan Vegan Cheese show you how to make your own non-dairy cheese. We were able to make cashew cream cheese at home very simply while living in India. Tofu is a convenient and nutritious ingredient that you can use in place of paneer.
Ice-cream – Tofutti, So Delicious, Soy Cream, Rice Dream, Turtle Mountain, Coconut Bliss, and many store brands all make rich, tempting ice cream products. Turtle Mountain also makes a creamy mango sorbet.
Indian and Jain Cooking– Among the many vegan cookbooks covering a variety of cuisines, there are at least two that focus on vegan Indian cooking. Check out veganricha.com or the vegan part of vegetarian gastronomy for some recipes! Check out Pramodaben Chitrabhanu’s Rainbow Food for the Vegan Palate!