How do you find all of these non-dairy products in a normal store?

Laurie - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )




Can someone please tell me what brand is a non-dairy margarine? And where do you find rice milk? Or rice or oat flour? And any other type of "everyday" products you can think to throw in would be helpful. Thanks.


Lori - posted on 01/10/2013




Charis - I don't have a good recommendations for you on a cook book. But I've found that just cooking at home rather than buying prepared meals makes my life much easier. Neither of my girls can have ANY cow milk protein. One of them also can't have much soy. The first thing I'd suggest is finding a milk alternative. We use almond milk for cooking, rice milk for cereal, and coconut milk for drinking. I can make any recipe that calls for milk just by substituting in the almond milk instead of cow milk. For cream, I use canned coconut milk. For butter, I use Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks for baking, or Earth Balance soy free natural buttery spread (comes in a tub).

I found a free app on my iPhone called "dairy free fast food". It tells you what you can order at 12 major fast food joints (Hardees, sonic, dairy queen, wendys, burger king, mcdonalds, chic-fil-a, KFC, arbys, chipolte, subway, and taco bell) I was surprised to find that we can't have McDonalds french fries. they add a flavoring agent to their fries that contains dairy.

If you are looking for a cheese substitute, dayia makes a decent one. Don't kid yourself, it doesn't taste like real cheese, but I've used it on noodles to make the kids "mac n cheese" and they don't complain. I've also used it on pizza, and even my husband ate it and said it was pretty good.

One of my 2 daughter can tolerate goat milk and goat cheese. The other can't. If you're daughter can tolerate goat products, it makes the substitutions pretty easy. I've even found goat milk cheddar cheese at Raisin Rack and at Trader Joes. However, if you're just starting out trying to eliminate all dairy from her diet to see if it's causing her troubles, don't give any goat milk or goat milk products yet. Wait until you've got all her symptoms cleared up first. Then you can do a trial of some goat cheese or goat milk.

It is overwhelming at first. Jennifer Hamer posted a good list in this post of what to look for on labels. There's also a printable PDF file on

Another thing.. if you live in the USA, there are labeling laws that make it so any item with one of the top 8 allergens HAVE to be labeled as containing such. Milk is one of those top 8 allergens. If, under the ingredient list it then says "contains: wheat, soy" if milk is in it, it has to say "contains: milk" Now if that "contains: ... " statement isn't there, then you have to read every ingredient yourself.

If you live anywhere near a Whole Foods or Raisin Rack or Earth Fare, go shopping at one of those stores. They have aisles dedicated to allergies. Many many many gluten free foods are also dairy free. I think because such a high percentage of people with wheat or gluten allergies also have milk allergies or intolerances too.

For frozen meals, I've found Amy's organic foods have many dairy free items available. They make a gluten free, dairy free, soy free "Mac N Cheeze" which is great for days when I just need to feed my girls something quick. They also make a frozen pizza without any cheese that is completely dairy free.

Print out that PDF, and start reading labels as you shop. The more you do it, the easier it will be.

Charis - posted on 10/15/2012




What book would you suggest for dairy free living? My daughter just recently started a milk protein free diet and I find myself very overwhelmed with labels and do and dont's.

Stephanie - posted on 10/07/2009




Just in case someone is reading this well after the original post (like I am) I just wanted to point something out. Someone mentioned that Pillsbury crescent rolls have dairy and in my grocery store our Pillsbury crescent rolls are dairy free whereas the generic (Roundy's) brand is the one with the dairy. We love to use the Pillsbury pizza crust to make homemade pizza. We just keep the shredded cheese to my husband and my end of the pizza and the cheese away from my son's end. Sometimes we try rice cheese or another made with tofu but those haven't been a hit yet.

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2009




Where do you live? We have a health food market in the store where I shop! THe director of that department is so nice and will order things for me!

*** Dairy products***** These are other names for dairy in food ingredents!









Lactic acid (some times the base is Dairy but not always)



Malted milk

Potassium Caseinnate

Ready spounge

Sodium caseinate


Reading lables is a skill that will come in time! You will get realy good at it!

Vans waffels ****dairy, egg, and glutten free

Arnalds whole wheat bread *** milk free

Corn bread stuffing by stoffers if made with the smart ballance is milk free

Frosted flakes, fruit loops, apple jacks, and lucky charms are all milk free

Sorbet ***milk free*** Not to be confussed with sherbert it has milk

Mcdonnalds *hambugers* happy meals are fine too no dairy!

People always ask how I feed my son, being that he can't have so many things. I say he eats better then the rest of us because he eats so few processed food! He tells us now, at age 5, that he can't have thouse things because they make him sick!

Laurie - posted on 03/09/2009




We use Smart Balance Light.  The regular smart balance is not dairy free, but all versions of the light are (olive oil and flax oil).  Also, Fleishmans light is dairy free, however it is harder to find than smartbalance light. 

Wegman's carries alot of alternative dairy free products in there organic food section. (Rice, soy, almond, and hemp milk are just a few) plus they also carry some Soy  and Rice ice creams, yogurts, and chesse.  Wegmans also has a great Sorbet under there own label and they carry a Hagen-das sorbet too.   Most regular grocery stores carry a few soymilks and sometimes rice milk either in the dairy case or near the baking goods (by powdered milk).

There are lots of products out on the market that are dairy free, you just need to read lots of labels. When I first started I spend my entire shopping trip reading every label possible.  One thing I learned is to check the store brand because often they can be dairy free while the brand label is not, (example: pillsbury crescent rolls in the dairy case have dairy, but most store label crescent rolls don't!)  And my son loves the fact that OREO's are dairy free!

Another great one I found is that Duncan Hines cake mixes and brownie mixes are often dairy free, while most of the other brands are not !  Although you really need to read the labels on this one because sometimes they carry the same product manufactured  out of 2 different plants and one will have milk and one won't!  But this  definetly helps out for birthday parties!  Good Luck!


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Darlajean - posted on 01/22/2013




I give my son fruit and vegetables in a capsule with his daily intake of eating them. It has been the best thing I have ever done for him and his health.

Kim - posted on 08/02/2010




HEB has a non-dairy margarine called Smart Squeeze. You can get rice or almond milk and allergy friendly products at both HEB and Walmart.

Jennifer - posted on 06/21/2010




Rice milk you can usually find at walmart. Bob's Red Mill has a wonderful selection of gluten free flours, as does Whole Foods, and Hy-Vee. Blue Bonnet Light margarine is totally dairy free. We use the sticks for baking. We get it at walmart. The large brown tub of margarine from Aldi's is also dairy free, and we use that regularly also. For cheese, we use Rice Vegan blocks and slices, which we find at Hy-Vee or Whole Foods.

Michelle - posted on 06/18/2010




we use vitalite and have found that the best, rice milk we found in the baking isle in asda

Kyla - posted on 06/11/2010




Smart balance makes a non dairy margarine. Rice milk in the store I use is in the small aisle with the coffee and tea mixes because it doesnt need to be refrigerated until you open it.

Jessica - posted on 10/07/2009




My son is lactose intolerant and just recently has been able to tolerate regular margarine. I would suggest Smart Balance that's what I used for margarine. I use Veggie Max cheese for my son it is lactose and gluten free. I've just learned to label read with my son's lactose intolerance.

Darlajean - posted on 08/09/2009



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User - posted on 03/22/2009




Non-dairy margarine.  There are some at the health food stores.  I ended up asking another mom and they used Blue Bonnet Light.  I actually found one at my work (I work at a hospital) and we can purchase grocery type items, so I get mine there.  the BB light is a bit watery, but it works if you can't get anything else.  I also buy Silk Yogurt, and he loves it.  I used to get OSoy - but can't get it where I live now, same thing with frozen waffles...but I look every time I go to the store.  Silk yogurt is a lot like traditional yogurt and tastes pretty good.  The cheese alternative on the other hand is ....icky!

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2009




One of the Smart Balances may be if I remember correctly---not all of them tho!! You have to read carefully!! (for the butter question)

Julie - posted on 02/28/2009




I have been able to find rice milk and rice/oat flours in regular grocery stores.  Look in your health/organic section.  If you have a Wegman's near you, I HIGHLY recommend it.  They have a great natural foods section and you can buy all your regular groceries too.   

Agatha - posted on 02/26/2009




I found I had to go to the natural food stores like Whole Foods or EarthFare to find Rice Milk. But we were introduced to Almond Milk (protein), Multi-Grain Milk (vitamin B's & great for baking with), and Oat Milk (cheaper than the others but more nutritional value than Rice). My daughter was intolerant of all animal-based milks and soy, except in formula. She was on soy formula till she was 5. As for margarine, get the canola margarine - no dairy derivatives. You want to get a book on dairy-free cooking which lists all the forms dairy can be found in 'everyday' foods. It's not easy at first but after a while it's just another way of living.

I'm available if you have any further questions.

JoAnna - posted on 02/26/2009




I use "Earth Balance" its a wonderful "buttery spread" and has no dairy or gluten and is organic as well! I purchase this at my local healthfood store, I am not sure where you are located im sure trader joes will have all these products you are looking for as well as Payless Foods, Wild Oats and so forth Remember check to see if you have a local food co-op in your area. I go to my local healthfood store for convience items such as these or I order a case through my local Food Co-op (s). You can purchase oat and rice flour already milled I actually mill my own Organic Rice Flour along with other GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS sicne my son and I are gluten Intolorante.  Can the person with the dairy allergy have soy?

There is rice milk, soy milk, nut milks, and Hemp milk and also Goats milk available to ppl with dairy allergies.


I have alllergies to gluten, sugar,dairy,garlic,and others and cannot have large amounts of rice........


Hope this helps please feel free to contact me for further questions....

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