Consuming dairy is very bad for your health and the animals. (example: The China Study showed that the milk protein casein causes cancer. And you are not a baby cow so you do not need cow milk.)
So here are some good alternatives to dairy:
Almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk, etc. And there are some non-dairy milks that have MORE calcium than dairy milks.
So Delicious is one brand I use and they make lots of different non-dairy milks, creamers, yogurts and non-dairy ice creams that are delicious. See: http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products
Others: WestSoy soy milk, Rice dream, etc..
Non-dairy cheese products, butter and more:
There are lots of options out there for vegan cheeses but here are some that I like:
–Tofutti non-dairy cream cheese. (They also offer non-dairy sour cream, slices, ricotta, and other products such as non-dairy ice cream and frozen foods. I thought their frozen pizza tasted great but it is hard to find. And I tried their non-dairy ice cream at the main street ice cream parlor inside Walt Disney World and liked it.)
–Earth Balance vegan cheddar squares taste just like Cheezit crackers. I think they recently won the VegMag survey for best snack.
-If you want another cheesy snack, try the vegan Nacho flavored bean & rice chips by Beanfield’s. See their vegan chips here.
–Earth Balance vegan butters.
-Vegenaise by Follow Your Heart is a good vegan alternative to mayonaisse. And they have other products such as vegan cheese, vegan eggs, dressings and more.
–Daiya sells non-dairy cheeses, pizzas, yogurt and packaged macaroni and cheese. I like their Daiya deluxe white cheddar style veggie Cheezy Mac.
-Amy’s kitchen has some good frozen foods such as “dairy-free rice mac & cheeze” that uses Daiya cheese. I found them in Whole Foods market and my local regular supermarket. Not all products by Amy’s Kitchen are dairy-free but she does have a lot of different vegan products available. See their vegan section here of vegan frozen foods, soups and more. They are widely available. I even saw some at Target.
So there’s no excuse to eat dairy with so many non-dairy options out there. You can find most products at Whole Foods market or other health food stores. And some products are available in regular supermarkets such as Daiya cheeze, Amy’s Kitchen products, Earth Balance butters, some non-dairy milks and more. Check the health food stores and supermarkets near you. You may be surprised.