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How to Adjust to Nondairy Breakfasts

By Suzanne Havala Hobbs

You may wonder whether you can go dairy-free at breakfast. Whether you like breakfast a little or a lot, taking time to eat in the morning is a smart way to start the day. Eating breakfast — even if it’s nothing more than a glass of juice and a slice of toast — gives you an energy lift as you begin your day and helps you stay alert and perform your best all day long.

What can you eat to replace the milk in your cereal, the cream in your coffee, and the bowl of yogurt with granola? No problem. Making your breakfast dairy-free is easy. The same is true even when you have the time or inclination to fix a heartier breakfast spread. Most breakfast classics, including egg dishes and waffles and pancakes, can easily be made without dairy ingredients.

Nothing is more energizing than starting the day off with a glass of cold, fresh fruit juice or a comforting mug of something creamy and warm. Nondairy versions of coffee, tea and cocoa are nice additions to the standard orange juice, coffee, and tea that, like these drinks, are already dairy-free.

Consider buying a juicer so you can make your own fresh fruit and vegetable juice mixtures at home. The options range from a simple vise for squeezing citrus fruits to more expensive machines that can liquefy carrots, spinach, celery, and other foods. Freshly squeezed juice is a dairy-free beverage alternative that’s packed with vitamins and minerals.

Fresh juice mixtures can be expensive to buy ready-made, so making your own at home not only ensures freshness but can save you money, too. If your juicer removes the pulp from the fruits and vegetables, conserve this healthful source of dietary fiber by adding it to soups or baked goods.

Fixing a classic breakfast dish without using the common dairy ingredients that often are used in traditional recipes is so easy. Many traditional egg recipes are ideal for using soy and other forms of nondairy cheese because the cheese is distributed throughout the hot, moist egg mixture, helping it to melt evenly. Try the following recipes to whip up some of your breakfast favorites with dairy-free alternatives.

You may have thought that dairy-free waffles, pancakes, French toast, and oatmeal weren’t possible. The good news is they are. They taste the same as their lactose-laden cousins. Just use your favorite traditional recipes and substitute your choice of nondairy milk for the cow’s milk.