English Bay Dairy-Free Beverage by English Bay Batter

A potato-based alternative

When you can't handle dairy, nuts, gluten or soy, there are only so many beverages that you can substitute for milk in your diet. Frankly, if you have multiple allergies, you can have a real challenge on your hands. What the heck do you put on cold cereal anyway? That was our breakfast dilemma.

Here's an allergy product to consider: English Bay Dairy-Free. Even if you have multiple allergies, you'll likely be able to drink this pleasant-tasting alternative. It has no gluten, milk, soy or rice in it, so it could be nearly perfect for the multiple-allergy family.

What does it have in it? Well, it's based on potato! That's right: the ingredients are filtered water, maltodextrin (from potato), fructose, potato starch, natural flavors (no MSG), calcium carbonate, carrageenan, color, salt, potassium citrate, tricalcium phosphate and lactic acid (from plants). So, while you won't get any dairy, gluten or soy, you will get 25 percent of your daily calcium requirements from every 8-ounce glass.

At the same time, you'll get only a very skinny 70 calories. The beverage is low in calories because there's no fat in it - absolutely none. However, if you're giving this beverage to your kids, keep in mind that your children actually need some fat in their diets for their development.

Because English Bay Dairy-Free doesn't have any fat or oil of any kind, I wasn't expecting much. However, it really has a nice taste. My son happily ate it on a bowl of breakfast cereal, and it was also fine to drink on its own. Unfortunately, it didn't really hold up in a cup of coffee, and I'm afraid that I'll be sticking to my Almond Breeze beverage for my tea.

The package says that Dairy-Free tastes unbelievably like milk. I'm not quite sure about that, but it certainly has a more milk-like taste than soy or rice drinks. I suspect that it would also work quite nicely as a milk replacement in most baking.

The bottom line: If your family has multiple allergies and is looking for a milk replacement, I'd recommend this allergy product.

Monique L. Attinger

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