Imagine Foods Rice Dream Beverage

My son's favorite allergy product beverage

My son has dairy allergies. I can't drink milk either; it just doesn't agree with me. I've learned to live without milk though. This didn't work for my son. As I transitioned him from nursing to drinking other things, I realized that he'd want something that would be good with cereal, as he was a fan of various cooked cereals as a baby. However, he'd only eat them if I added some kind of liquid. I experimented with juice, but it wasn't quite right. I needed something else, and it had to be a good source of calcium, as he wasn't eating any dairy due to his allergies. I needed a suitable allergy product that my son would enjoy.

I was referred to Rice Dream by another mom. The non-enriched version of this drink is made from water, rice, safflower oil, rice syrup and sea salt. As a result, it still wasn't really what I wanted. However, there is also an enriched version of Rice Dream that has a number of vitamins and minerals, and is quite a good source of calcium. In fact, you can get 30 percent of your daily requirement as an adult in just one eight-ounce glass. This was perfect.

My son tried it, and has been a fan of it ever since.

Our preferred flavor of Rice Dream for cereal and drinking is the Original Enriched. It has no added flavors, and compliments cereal well. I've used it in my tea on occasion.

While not completely organic, Rice Dream is made with organic rice.

This is a great allergy product. It is completely lactose- and dairy-free. It has no added soy or wheat (although it may have come in contact with gluten). It is also free of saturated fat.

In addition to the Original Enriched, you can also buy Vanilla or Chocolate Enriched flavors of Rice Dream beverage. We find the vanilla a bit too sweet for drinking, and too "flavored" for cereal. However, the chocolate version of Rice Dream is really good. In fact, some of my son's friends have had "chocolate milk" at our house and haven't noticed the difference. It's a nice change from the original, and might even please the taste buds of mom or dad for an occasional treat.

While Rice Dream works well for drinking and cereal, it's not a source of protein. You'll have to add something else to your child's meal if you would normally depend on milk for some protein content.

~Monique L. Attinger

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