According to Healthline, "Peas are one of the best sources of plant-based protein you can eat". This came as little surprise to us, as we're big fans of lentils and legumes. They are so versatile, so easy to cook with and so nutritious! But sometimes it can get challenging to pick the "healthy" choice. It takes time, energy and preparation. And that is why we're so hooked on vegan milk, specifically pea milk; it's an effortless protein punch.
Pea milk explained
Usually, to make vegan milk the manufacturer would start by soaking the base ingredient (be it soy, almond, or oats) in water. To make pea milk, however, the first step is to grind it into a fine flour. Then the protein is separated from the fiber and starch, and from there it goes to purification before being blended with water and other ingredients.
Protein for the win
Pea milk is made of yellow peas, sometimes referred to as split peas. It has the highest protein content ratio of all vegan milks and it is said to taste like almond milk, but with a creamier consistency. It is the easiest way to start your day with a protein surge, avoiding a sugar spike that will lead to fatigue later on in the day. This will also help you feel fuller for longer. Another reason we're so keen on protein is that it helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Pea milk is a great alternative to cow milk for people with nut allergies. It is also not as inflammatory as soy milk, and has a lower calorie count than cow milk. Plus, it's an easy way to sneak some peas into the kids' diet, in case they're not big fans of peas. Unlike soy milk, which can be too low on nutrients for a child's diet, pea milk is also full of iron, calcium and potassium, and vitamins A and D.
But you don't have to ditch dairy to enjoy pea milk. We encourage you to incorporate it into your diet without making dramatic changes. You can enjoy it in any smoothie you make, in your overnight oats, in your coffee, and even in your baked goods.