One of the main questions I receive is from people who want to know how to get enough protein if they are considering becoming a vegetarian or vegan. Meat and dairy products have been the main protein source in the typical diet, so how can someone still consume the proper amount without their usual go-to’s? I always share that nuts, beans, and seeds are packed with protein, and other plant foods also contain protein, like quinoa and lentils, but one form of protein has been on the radar lately, and it’s not what you would usually expect. Pea protein is popping up in the health world, and now you can find it in Silk’s latest product, Protein Nutmilk.
Silk’s Protein Nutmilk is a verified non-GMO, dairy-free, plant-based, and soy-free alternative to cow’s milk, and it comes from a delicious combination of almond and cashew milk. It weighs in healthier with 50% less sugar than dairy milk, and 50% more calcium! But what sets this apart is that the each serving packs 10 grams of protein from 100% peas, whereas cow’s milk only contains 8 grams per serving. So what makes pea protein so much better than protein from dairy?
Pea protein has some great health benefits as a dairy alternative. First, it aids in weight loss by making you feel full longer. Most people trying to lose weight think they must cut down on protein, but in fact, you need protein so that you can build muscle and burn fat. Pea protein also helps with heart health by lowering blood pressure. Plant-based proteins reduce inflammation and the risk of heart disease, as well as make you feel good for going green since the mainstream farming industry has such a negative impact on the environment.
If you’re worried about a green color and a pea taste, there is no need. Pea protein comes from yellow peas anyways, but this stuff isn’t yellow either, and there are no artificial colors or flavors to mask anything up. Silk’s Protein Nutmilk can be used as you would normally use milk: in cereals, smoothies, sauces, or just straight up in a glass. I tried it out by making a Chia Vanilla Pudding and topped with strawberries and kiwi. The combination of the chia seeds and the protein from peas really makes this a breakfast that will keep you full and energized long into lunch.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup Silk Cashew Protein Nutmilk
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ cup sliced strawberries
- 1 kiwi
- In glass mix in cinnamon, chia seeds and Cashew milk. Let sit for 20 minutes for the chia seeds to absorb and expand. Top with strawberries and kiwi