The first question people usually ask me when I share with them my food restrictions is, “No milk? No soy milk? Then what do you put in your cereal?!”
First of all — I had to find a cereal that contained no soy and no milk ingredients already – most processed foods contain those ingredients, but fortunately, most grocery stores will have a couple friendly options for us, like plain oatmeal and Shredded Wheat (the kind containing only one ingredient – wheat). I found Dorset Cereals at Whole Foods Market which is oat-based but also contains added nuts and/or dried fruit. Don’t forget – you may always add raisins, other dried fruit, or nuts to your plain cereal if you’re craving something sweet or nutty.
Next, what to put in the cereal? Soy milk and cow’s milk are obviously not healthy choices for us. I alternate between almond milk , rice milk, or hemp milk. They come sweetened or unsweetened and also come in vanilla or chocolate flavors. Hemp milk is a relatively new discovery for me. It has a grainy taste to it. If the “milk” I’m using is unsweetened, I’ll sweeten my cereal with raw stevia. Don’t expect any of these choices to taste like cows milk!! It will definitely be a new taste, and to me, I’m happy to just be able to eat cereal again.