Drew Brees on the Dairy Free Lifestyle
Drew Brees on the Dairy Free Lifestyle
Famed professional quarterback Drew Brees, and his philanthropist wife, Brittany, joined the So Delicious Dairy Free team in 2012 to help spread the word about delicious foods for households managing food allergies and food sensitivities.
Drew and Brittany have a very active household with three young sons and a newborn daughter. They’ve spent time chatting with us about their food allergies and how they impact their daily life. Here, Drew shares their thoughts on how they successfully manage their food allergies at home, specifically when watching the Big Game – including one of Brittany’s favorite dip recipes.
On and Off the Field:
From the team’s training table to our family dinner table, it’s critical for us to make sure we’re feeding our bodies with the right foods to help optimize our health and daily performance. We both need to be at the top of our game, especially with four kiddos aged six and under!
We learned of our food allergies back in 2004. We both are allergic to dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream) and gluten. And those types of foods were in almost everything we were eating at that time. What we found is that there are great alternatives to dairy milk, regular yogurt, ice creams and cheese. For example, coconut milk and almond milk products are an excellent alternative to dairy, especially if you have dairy issues like we think a lot of people do and maybe don’t even realize. In addition to our family and friends, many people are finding out about coconut milk products and all of the benefits – from the medium chain fatty acids to the great taste. We must admit that our family freezer is always stocked with our family faves – no-sugar added coconut milk fudge bars and almond milk mocha almond fudge bars…along with several pints of coconut milk ice cream.
For us, we simply love the taste and how easy it is to incorporate coconut milk and almond milk foods and beverages into our daily routine (from AlmondPlus in my post workout recovery smoothies to French Vanilla coconut milk Coffee Creamer in Brittany’s morning coffee to Cookie Dough coconut milk ice cream straight out of the container). Bottom line: if you have a food allergy or sensitivity to dairy, or even if you don’t, between the delicious taste and the nutritional properties, So Delicious Dairy Free coconut milk and almond milk products have been a game changer for our family for years.
Now when it comes time for the Big Game, like many fans across the country, we enjoy hanging out in our living room with family and friends. And when we watch football on TV, we gotta have some tasty snacks handy. Isn’t that a requirement when watching any sporting event? Our ultimate snack lineup includes fresh fruit, veggies, tortilla chips, seasoned popcorn (we let the kiddos pick their favorite toppings), and one of Brittany’s favorite dips (recipe below). What we discovered is that since dairy is in just about everything, having a substitute like coconut or almond milk makes it so easy to swap in recipes…and we don’t have to sacrifice flavor. In fact, our guests don’t even know the difference when they’re noshing away!
Brittany’s MVP Dip:
- 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Yellow Onions, chopped
- 3 Heaping tsp. Dehydrated Onion flakes
- 1⁄2 tsp. Salt
- 1⁄4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
- 1 5.3 oz container So Delicious® Dairy Free Unsweetened Cultured Coconutmilk
- 3⁄4 C. Vegan Sour Cream
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté́ for 40-50 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are caramelized and golden brown. Allow to cool.
- Blend remaining ingredients together, and stir in caramelized onions when cooled.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour to overnight (best), and serve with chips and/or fresh veggies. Enjoy!