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Unlock the Power of Plant Protein: Crafting Protein-Rich Milk for National Protein Day

Unlock the Power of Plant Protein: Crafting Protein-Rich Milk for National Protein Day

As National Protein Day approaches, it's the perfect time to delve into the world of plant-based milk and discover how to create protein-rich alternatives that are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Whether you're vegan, lactose intolerant, or simply looking to diversify your diet, plant-based milk offers a plethora of options to suit every taste bud. In this guide, we'll explore the secrets to crafting protein-rich plant milk that nourishes your body and satisfies your cravings.

Choose Protein-Rich Ingredients:

When it comes to plant-based protein, the options are abundant. Nuts, legumes, and seeds stand out as some of the best sources of protein, offering a diverse range of flavors and nutritional benefits. Let's take a look at the most protein-rich ingredients to incorporate into your plant milk*:

Spirulina: With an impressive 57.5g of protein per 100g, spirulina takes the crown as one of the highest sources of plant-based protein.

Check out all of our spirulina recipes here!

Hemp Hearts: Coming in at 31.6g of protein per 100g, hemp hearts offer a substantial protein boost to your milk.

View all of our hemp recipes here!

Pepitas: These pumpkin seeds boast 30.2g of protein per 100g, making them a nutritious addition to your plant milk.

We have all of our pumpkin seed recipes here!

Peanuts, Almonds, Pistachios: These beloved nuts provide protein ranging from 20.2g to 25.2g per 100g, adding both flavor and nutrients to your milk.

Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Soy (cooked), Cashews, Sesame: Each of these ingredients offers a protein content ranging from 17.7g to 18.9g per 100g, contributing to the overall protein profile of your milk.

Choose Complete Proteins or Combine Your Plant Proteins:

A complete protein contains all 9 of the essential amino acids (aka the amino acids the human body cannot create on its own). Opting for complete proteins ensures that you receive all nine essential amino acids necessary for optimal health. While some plant-based proteins are complete on their own, such as hemp, chia, quinoa, soy, buckwheat, sacha inchi, and amaranth, others may require complementary sources to form a complete protein.

Complete Protein Sources: In addition to those mentioned above, a great source of complete protein is found in sacha inchi seeds. Check out our Keto Milk recipe, developed by nutritional coach @thomasdelauer.

 

Complementing Protein Sources: Pepitas and spirulina, though rich in protein, may benefit from pairing with other protein sources to ensure a complete amino acid profile.

 

Recipes: Explore our milk recipes that cleverly combine various nuts, seeds, and legumes to provide a complete spectrum of essential amino acids, such as our Snickerdoodle Chickpea Milk.

Make the Most of Your Protein:

Maximizing the bioavailability of plant proteins ensures that your body can efficiently absorb and utilize the nutrients. While plant proteins may have lower bioavailability compared to animal sources, simple techniques can enhance their digestibility and nutritional value.

Meeting Protein Goals: For the average person, aim for 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight daily, slightly increasing to 0.9 grams per kilogram if relying solely on plant-based sources.**

Antinutritional Factors: Soaking ingredients before blending your milk can help reduce antinutritional factors, improving digestibility and nutrient absorption.

Commercial Options: Consider incorporating plant-based protein powders into your milk for a convenient and concentrated protein boost.

As we celebrate National Protein Day, let's embrace the versatility and nourishing benefits of plant-based milk. By carefully selecting protein-rich ingredients, combining complementary sources, and optimizing nutrient absorption, you can create delicious milk alternatives that fuel your body and delight your taste buds. Cheers to a protein-packed future powered by plants!

At Almond Cow, we're passionate about revolutionizing your milk making routine. With our innovative at-home plant-based milk maker, you can transform any combination of nuts, grains, or seeds into fresh plant-based milk in just 1 minute. From almond creamer to indulgent oat milk, the possibilities are endless. Wave goodbye to store-bought alternatives with excess preservatives and sugars, and hello to customizable, hand crafted goodness. Join us in embracing the future of plant powered living and experience the convenience and versatility that comes with it. Discover how easy it is to create your dream milk in minutes. Elevate your life with Almond Cow

*Source: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/index.html

**This information is provided solely for general knowledge. This is not a substitute for medical advice, especially for children.

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