A great challenge this month from Recipe ReDux – create a healthy recipe inspired by a favorite food scene from any movie in honor of the upcoming Oscars. I love romantic comedies, especially those that end happily. And one of my favorite movies is French Kiss starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline from 1995. Could it be that I was still in high school when this movie was released? Makes me feel
old wise. The movie has Kate (Meg Ryan) chasing after her fiance in France (who broke off the engagement to be with another woman) and she meets Luc (Kevin Kline) on the plane. Luc is a French man who has had a little trouble with the law, but also wants to eventually start his own vineyard. He helps her, she helps him, it’s a great story line. One of my favorite scenes (only as a registered dietitian is this scene a favorite!) is on the train through France when the lactose intolerant Kate (Meg Ryan), after sampling many French cheeses, becomes sick and has to get off the train with Luc (Kevin Kline) at his hometown where they then spend time at his family vineyard and sparks start to fly.
This brings up a great topic…could Kate have still consumed dairy foods if she really was lactose intolerant?
Most likely, YES!
Here are simple tips I would suggest:
- Sip it and pair it. Start with a small amount of milk daily and increase slowly over the course of several days or weeks to build tolerance. And try it with another food. The perfect pair – fruit smoothies. Or pair it with solid foods to help slow digestion and allow the body more time to digest lactose.
- Cheese (and calcium) please. Most cheeses are lower in lactose making them easier to digest. Parmesan, Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Havarti and Mozzarella are good choices. A colleague from Midwest Dairy Association shared an easy trick to check for lactose: just check the cheese label and look for the sugar content. Milk products naturally contain lactose, a milk sugar, and the label will state the amount as sugar. Many cheeses have very little to no lactose.
- Try it. Try lactose-free milk and milk products, like Lactaid. These real milk products have lower amounts of or zero lactose and provide the same nutrients as regular dairy foods (protein, calcium, vitamin D and potassium).
- Spoon it. Enjoy yogurt, traditional and Greek-style. Both contain live and active cultures that help your body digest lactose. And cottage cheese is low in lactose as well.
What a great way to celebrate the Oscars – by enjoying this simple salad made with cheese, helping you enjoy dairy again. Make it a main dish by adding a cooked chicken breast, or even sliced sirloin. And of course, I had to throw in grapes to celebrate French Kiss.
Apple, Grape and Havarti Salad
Serves 2 main dish servings or 4 side dish servings.
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1 apple, diced
- 1 cup grapes, halved
- 3 ounces Havarti cheese, cubed
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 3-4 tablespoons poppyseed dressing
- Layer spinach, apples, grapes, cheese and walnuts on two large plates. Top with dressing before serving.
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