Alternative Milks and What You Need To Know About Them

  2017-09-11 09:00AM
There's so much more out there than just whole, reduced fat, and skim milk now. Cow’s milk is actually so last season (plus it's also not paleo.) There are a ton of alternative options out there these days, each with their own benefits, besides being lactose free. Read on for the 411 on some of our favorites. Almond Milk This one is probably the most popular among all of the alternative milk options out there. Almond milk contains lots of calcium to help with bone health, ample amounts of vitamins C and D to support the immune system, and lacks cholesterol and saturated fats. Always make sure to buy the unsweetened kind. Coconut Milk Coconut milk definitely belongs on the radar of every CrossFitter because of its ability to help repair muscle tissue. After a good butt-kicking WOD, it's super important to replace the electrolytes and potassium that were lost during class. It's needed for proper recovery. The good news is that coconut milk does all that for you, plus it's rich in fiber and tons of other vitamins and minerals. Go for unsweetened only. Hemp Milk No, it’s not going to get you high, if that’s what popped into your head. But it does come from the same plant as marijuana. Hemp milk contains several essential amino acids, so if you’re not already taking BCAA’s for your post-workout recovery, you may want to strongly consider incorporating this type of seed-based milk. We hear it also helps sharpen mental skills, so if it’s challenging to figure out what 65% of your one rep max is for anything, hemp milk could be a game changer for you. And like almond and coconut milk, unsweetened is the way to go. One last note:  look for the carrageenan-free versions of these plant based milks.  This additive, used as an emulsifier and thickener, may be linked to gastrointestinal irritation and more.  Check your ingredient labels carefully.


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