1) DOPE SMARTS
Aside from the eco kudos of drinking “milk” made from one of the earth’s most sustainable crops, each serving of hemp deals out all nine essential amino acids as well as a truckload of omega fats. Great for the heart, brain and, of course, joints. Thick and creamy, use hemp milk to charge up your porridge with a mental boost. It’ll clear any morning brain haze.
2) BULK ORDER
Packing more muscle-building protein per calorie than any other non-dairy option on offer, soya pulls ahead of the herd thanks to its minimal saturated fat content and complete absence of artery clogging cholesterol – unlike good ol’ dairy, which delivers both. All gains, no pains. While some plant milks will separate in tea or coffee, soya’s full-bodied consistency makes for a zero-curdle cuppa.
3) PASTURES LEAN
With fewer than half the calories of skimmed milk, just 10 percent of the carbs and 98 percent less sugar, almond milk delivers a steady stream of energy, keeping blood sugar stable and fat storage to a minimum. All of which goes some way to explaining how this milk built its kale-like following. The mild, nutty taste and low-calorie profile makes it an ideal base for smoothies, or for a less gruel-like bowl of oats.
4) GYM GRAINS
Sure, it’s pretty low on the protein front, but the carbs in rice milk are very easy to digest. With twice the amount contained in dairy milk, rice milk is the perfect post-workout concoction to restock your glycogen stores and speed protein from your diet on its way to your hungry muscles. Pour a serving into your gym-bag protein shaker. The carbs will max out your recuperation after a hard session.
5) DESICCATE FAT
Starbucks’ plant-based favourite is comparable with dairy in terms of its protein and carb count, but cracks the competition with eight times more fat in the form of heart-healthy medium chain triglycerides. Half of that is lauric acid – a proven metabolism booster with protective antibacterial properties. Use it Grande fat burners can pour some into a pre-gym espresso for an electrolyte-loaded latte. Foam art optional.