Heavy Cream is comparatively low in lactose for the amount of calories it contains. It has 0.4185g of carbohydrates per tablespoon (15ml) – if you use 4oz of heavy cream (gets you around 600 calories per Keto Chow meal) you’ll end up with 3.27g of lactose (which is roughly comparable to 2.4oz of whole milk). Many people who have problems with lactose are able to handle the relatively small amounts in Keto Chow without problems, or by using a lactase enzyme supplement. See this post for details.
If you do want to eliminate Heavy Cream there are some options you can try but you’re going to need to do a lot of calculations. I recommend using a tracking app like Cron-O-Meter to figure out how the alternatives will impact your net carbs and other nutrients. Anyway, here are some possibilities you can try:
- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Cream
- Coconut milk (doesn’t have very many calories and has many more carbs)
- Cashew/Soy/Almond milk – again, lacks calories and may have high carbs – even unsweetened
- Powdered MCT or Coconut oil
- Melted coconut oil mixed with a liquid oil (maybe avocado or olive) so it remains liquid after refrigeration
- Avocados (blender required)
- One Keto Chow user uses (in each shake) 1/2 avocado, 1 tsp MCT oil, and 1 tsp olive oil
If you want to eliminate dairy entirely then you’ll need to use the Keto Chow Base Powder along with a protein powder that is dairy-free: Egg, Beef or even Soy protein would work.