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Ripple, a nutritious milk made of yellow peas, isn鈥檛 just yummy 鈥 it鈥檚 packed with protein and is exactly what every other alternative milk is striving to be. There鈥檚 no doubt you鈥檝e been exposed to the abundance of non-dairy milk options lined up at the supermarket. Unless you鈥檝e been making your own, you鈥檝e probably spent too much time hemming and hawing at the different varieties. (Almond? Coconut? Hemp?). Ripple is about to make this decision a heck of a lot easier.

A little pea packs a big punch

Ripple co-founders Neil Renninger and Adam Lowry made it their mission to offer something that was way more nutritious and delicious than dairy-free milks currently on the market. The creation of Ripptein, a pea protein, helped them find success. 鈥淧eas are an excellent source of protein,鈥 says Renninger. 鈥淩ipple milk is packed with eight grams of plant-based protein per serving, which is identical to dairy milk. It has fewer calories than dairy milk, and is creamy and smooth in flavor, making it a perfect replacement for dairy, soy, or nut milks.鈥 It can even be used in baking! Lowry adds, 鈥淭he protein naturally found in peas helps you stay full between meals, and peas are easily digested and non-allergenic.鈥

Brit + Co鈥檚 food editor, Anna Monette Roberts, is a huge fan of Ripple milk, especially the unsweetened original flavor, and can attest that Ripple really does have the tasty drinkability and velvety mouthfeel of regular cow鈥檚 milk with the added bonuses of it being high in protein and plant-based. The chocolate variety is a close second, and makes for an insanely delicious mocha or post-workout snack.

the ripple effect on our planet

Ripple isn鈥檛 just good for our bods, it鈥檚 good for our planet too because peas use much less water than dairy and almonds. Named after the 鈥渞ipple effect,鈥 this good stuff was created on the belief that sustainability should be effortless and that the foods we eat and the products we buy should have sustainability built-in. 鈥淚t takes 1,000 gallons of water to make just one gallon of milk, and 1.1 gallons of water to make a single almond,鈥 explains Renninger. 鈥淥verall, with water scarcity taken into account, growing almonds takes 100 times more water than peas; dairy milk takes 25 times more water than Ripple.鈥 If you鈥檝e ever doubted your contribution to the planet鈥檚 well-being, Lowry will reassure you. 鈥淲e believe that even the smallest actions can have far-reaching impacts; that even the simple choice of what鈥檚 for breakfast can bring about a healthier you and a greener world.鈥

Let your love for ripple flow

When we find a dairy alternative we love, we want it every which way we can get it. Ripple gets this, and they鈥檝e got the plans to prove it. 鈥淎mericans are increasingly conscious about the food we put in our bodies, and as people continue to adopt a dairy-free lifestyle or are looking to reduce their dairy consumption, we want to make sure they have delicious and nutritious options,鈥 says Renninger. After all, we shouldn鈥檛 have to sacrifice taste for health. Ripple promises us many more pea-protein products in the future. For now, we can indulge in their pea milk, Greek yogurt, and half-and-half cream. (High five, coffee lovers!)

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(Photos via Ripple)