Limitation of milk and soy foods from a mother’s diet may sound challenging at first, but with guidance you will find this is an achievable lifestyle. Along with the support you will receive from Complete Children’s Health, please feel free to check into the valuable resources in our community as well.

Ingredients to AVOID (may contain milk or protein)

Milk products

  • Milk, milk solids or proteins (including hydrolyzed proteins)
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Cream
  • Nonfat dry milk
  • Half and Half
  • Casein/Caseinate
  • Whey, Whey Protien, Whey Powder
  • Milk Chocolate (plus most other chocolates)
  • Butter, Butter Solids, Butter Fat, Buttermilk (plus most margarines)
  • Lactalbumin

Soy products

  • Soy, Soy Protein, Soy Protein Isolage
  • Soy Milk
  • Soy Yogurt
  • Soy Flour
  • Vegetable protein, Broth, Gum or Starch
  • Soy Beans
  • Soy Nuts
  • Soy Caseinate
  • Soy Sauce and Teriyaki Sauce
  • Tofu
  • Miso
  • Edamame

*Soy oil and Soy Lecithin are okay. (fats)
*Lactose is a sugar, not a protein.

Nuts, including peanut butter, have also been linked with increased allergy in those that are already sensitive to milk/soy.


PLEASE ALWAYS READ LABELS! Products may change and ingredients may be missed that should be avoided.

Rice Milk or Almond Milk: plain or vanilla (Rice Dream, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, West Soy Rice beverage, Pacific Natural Foods)


Vegetables: especially green leafy vegetables as these are high in calcium


Beans: hummus (Sabra brand is best flavor and texture), black beans, kidney beans, baked beans, etc

Meat (non-breaded): Turkey, Chicken, Beef, Fish, Delusso Deli meats at Hy Vee, Tyson’s Chicken Nuggets, Van De Kamp’s fish sticks are okay

Grains and Starches: Rotella breads, Panne Provinico‐Artisian Bread (organic), Hy Vee breads, Rice, Most Pasta (watch for soy fillers), Potatoes

Sun Butter and Natural Peanut Butters: good alternative for peanut butter (Jif Natural, Skippys natural)

ENJOY LIFE food products: (cereals, breads/bagels, snack bars, chocolate bars/chips) are free of top 8 common food allergens, and can be purchased at HyVee, Akins, Red Clover, Open Harvest, Whole Foods, Target

Kinnikinnick products: (breads, buns, muffins) are gluten, milk and soy free purchased at Hy‐Vee Health Market, Akins or Red Clover

Whole Foods and Trader Joes: Each has a variety of dairy/soy free products


  • Fleischmann’s unsalted stick margarine, Earth Balance margarine, Blue Bonnet Lactose Free, or Best Life Foods buttery spread can be substituted for butter
  • Butter flavored Crisco for baking
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Miracle Whip (regular or lite)
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • Guittard semi sweet chocolate chips, Enjoy Life chocolate chips


  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Plain Potato and Corn Chips
  • Eat Smart Veggie Chips
  • Nabisco’s Triscuits and Wheat Thins
  • HyVee Wheat Crackers
  • Keebler and HyVee Animal Crackers
  • Most Cereals
  • Gummie and hard candies
  • Oreo’s or Uh-oh Oreo’s
  • Plain Rice Krispie Bars (made with Fleischmann’s Margarine)
  • Most Sorbets
  • Hunts Snack Pak Lemon Pudding
  • Fritos Bean Dip
  • Some Duncan Hines cake mixes and classic vanilla or chocolate frosting
  • Hy Vee white cake mix
  • LaraBar Snack Bars (ginger snap, cinnamon rolls, apple pie, chocolate coconut chew)

Dining OUT (Check website for up to date infromation)

Applebee’s – chips and salsa, riblet basket, New York strip and ribeye steak, chicken freshcado, Classic turkey breast sandwich, salads (without dressing) such as grilled shrimp and spinach, oriental chicken, strawberry and avocado.
Arby’s – Market Fresh Turkey and Swiss Wrap (no cheese) (no sandwich bread ‐contains soy), Reuben without cheese
Burger King – crispy chicken patty, spicy chicken patty, chicken nuggets, home style chicken strips (not tendercrisp chicken), whopper junior without mayo, sesame seed bun, artisian bread Side Salad with vinaigrette dressing, fries, english muffin, hashbrowns, southwest potatoes, bacon, ham and sausage.
Buffalo Wild Wings – buffalo or traditional chicken wings with following sauces: mango habenero sauce, honey BBQ, Sweet BBQ, Mild, Medium, and hot sauces, wild wing sauce, spicy garlic.
Cheese Cake Factory Many ingredients and dishes are made fresh so could do about anything. Angel hair pasta with chicken, Evelyns favorite pasta with some slight modifications.
Chili’s – allergen sheets under the menu tab. Classic sirloin (plain) or Flame Grilled Ribeye (plain), Margarita grilled Chicken and fresh mex bowl without tortilla strips. Bacon Burger or Oldtimer burger w/o cheese.. Caribbean salad with chicken only, House salad w/o croutons, dressing or cheese, SanteFe Chicken salad. Safe dressings are citrus balsamic vinaigrette, honey lime, honey mustard and and santa fe. Sides: corn on the cob (with nothing on it), seasonal veggies with nothing on them, broccoli, black beans, mandarin oranges
Chipolte – they will be very careful if you let them know you have allergies. Ingredients are all separate so you can just leave off sour cream and cheese. Add guacamole (extra charge) for additional calories and good fat. Meats are okay, NO soft flour tortilla (contains soy)
Dish Menu changes so talk with waiters about choices. Owner had a child with MSPI so puts a couple of choices on the menu, but they are also friendly to talk to if you have questions.
Famous Dave’s – Country roasted chicken or grilled chicken breast . Georgia mustard sauce, texas pit sauce, potato salad, french fries, green beans, coleslaw
Fireworks Steak and some plain steamed veggies. They are easy to work with.
Hu Hot – can print the allergen list and take it with you, several sauces are safe. Rice, pad tai and Chinese noodles are safe, all meats except Krab. When they take your food bowl, let them know you have an allergy. They will clean of the cooking area and use clean utensils only on your food.
Noodles and Company Pad Thai, BBQ pork sandwich, grilled chicken breast, marinated steak (sautéed), shrimp (sautéed), Ciabatta roll
Panera Bread Allergen free menus available in store.
Papa John’s – original hand tossed crust, all toppings except cheese and grilled chicken (contains soy), breadsticks, marinara sauce, buffalo dipping sauce
Rodizio Grill Allergy menus available, many meats are safe.
Subway Italian Bread only (no cheese)

RESOURCES – several other restaurants links, recipes