I received an interesting mission from the MyMagazine Sharing Network the other day. They asked if any milk-drinkers would be interested in trying a new non-dairy milk product called Ripple. It is a Pea Protein Milk which I had actually never heard of before. I have tried soy milk and I have tried almond milk, so why not try this? I am a big animal rights supporter and it would be nice if I could find a good alternative to cow’s milk so that I can eliminate it from my diet–or at least eliminate it as much as possible.
I received a coupon to try a free 48 ounce container of Ripple Nutritious Pea Milk and two pass-along coupons to give to friends. At Kroger the varieties they had were the Unsweetened Original and Chocolate milk. It comes in a Sweetened Original, a Sweetened Vanilla, and an Unsweetened Vanilla variety as well, but Kroger did not have those in store at the time of this post. We chose to try the Unsweetened Original flavor.
Let me first say that I have never been much of a milk drinker. I don’t really like the way it tastes–unless I drink it while I am eating chocolate! After a few days of the milk being opened it starts to get a scent which turns my stomach.
Because I don’t drink milk straight up I got this Ripple to try in my cereal and in smoothies. When I opened it I gave it a sniff and it smelled like nothing. I gave it a taste which also tasted like nothing. So far so good. I put it in my Cinnamon Toast Crunch and it got my cereal wet without adding any flavor which I appreciated it. My husband added a cup to his fruit smoothie and declared it also had no taste–so it was a good thing to have in his smoothie if you are looking for protein without the flavor.
So let’s break down the nutrition versus 2% milk.
Ripple Pea Milk in Original Unsweetend contains 70 calories a cup while 2% milk contains 130 calories. Ripple and 2% go head to head on grams of fat with Ripple containing 4.5 and 2% containing 5 grams. Unsweetened Ripple contains 0 carbohydrates and 0 grams of sugar vs. 2% containing 11 grams of each. As far as protein goes again Ripple and 2% are head to head with Ripple containing 8.5 grams and 2% containing 9 grams. So as far as nutritional value goes, I would say Ripple has 2% beat.
Here’s the kicker though… a 48 ounce container of Ripple at Kroger costs $4.49 while a gallon (128 ounces!) of 2% milk at Kroger is only $.99! So, cow’s milk is much more economical. Now, I can stand the price point I suppose if I am only using a splash of it every morning in my cereal, but if you are talking about baking with it or drinking it straight up, you are going to go through that 48 ounces really quickly and then have to shell out another $4.49 which can really add up.
The only other drawback for me with Ripple was the texture. It has a kind of syrupy consistency which reminds me of soy milk. I do not like that consistency at all as it tends to stick to things more which I don’t like! I basically just want my cereal to be wet but I want to be able to drain out the milk. Lol. So for me, I probably wouldn’t continue using Ripple on my cereal because it does not meet my most basic need.
But, if texture doesn’t bother you too much I recommend you give it a try at least. Ripple boasts that it is high protein, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, lactose-free. So if all of those things are a big deal to you then go for it! Ripple also has a Greek Yogurt alternative…I wouldn’t mind trying that!