Are there any Dairy-Free Nutritional Beverages like Ensure?


Amazing MealQ: Wendy - I am wondering if there is a dairy-free product available that is similar to nutritional beverages like Ensure?  Also, any other product suggestions for lactose intolerance would be greatly appreciated.

A: Alisa – Ensure is a unique one since it has quite a few sugars and processed ingredients. I don’t know of a dairy-free product that attempts to do the exact same thing. There are some up and coming dairy-free and vegan meal replacement options and nutritional supplements, which I address below, but just to give you an idea of what you are trying to replace, the following is the ingredient list for Ensure …

Ensure Ingredients (Homemade Vanilla flavor) – Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar (Sucrose), Milk Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil, Soy Protein Concentrate, Corn Oil, Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Whey Protein Concentrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Salt (Sodium Chloride), Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Carrageenan, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin. (FAN 8284-07)

As you can see, it is basically corn, sugar, protein concentrates, oil, preservatives, and a multivitamin. Healthy proteins and fats added to your diet may suit your needs just fine, whether via solids or liquids.

Nonetheless, in terms of specific drinkable products, there are some dairy-free / lactose-free meal replacement and nutrient options. Please note that I haven’t sampled any of these products myself as of yet, so this is not a product endorsement, merely some suggestions from our No Dairy Product Lists:

There are many other brands of superfood mixes and protein powders that can also be used and blended to create your own beverages. It depends upon your needs. For lists of these mixes and powders along with other lactose-free / dairy-free products, see our No Dairy Product Lists.


Alisa Fleming is the founder of and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. In addition to her own dairy-free lifestyle, Alisa has experience in catering to the needs of various special diets, including gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, vegan, and multiple food allergies.

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Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. According to the Ensure Website Ensure is ‘Clinically lactose free’ and that includes all the types of Ensure although they are not dairy free. Enshake is not lactose free.

  2. I see the product contains both milk and whey protein – how can these be lactose free? I keep trying different such products that make claims to be for lactose intolerance only to have to throw them away because the make my husband sick.

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  4. There is also a nutrition drink called Bright Beginnings Soy Pediatric drink. Its a all soy based nutrition drink. It has no lactose or dairy and is also gluten free!

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