What’s Ripple Milk, and Why Drink It?

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Plant-based foods are getting even more popular these days and now they’re taking over the dairy department! Today, you can have any number of non-dairy milks (including almond, rice, oat, and soya), perfect for those who have allergies, lactose intolerance, or are following a vegan lifestyle.

One of the hottest names in non-dairy milks these days is Ripple milk — a milk that is made from yellow peas by Ripple Foods (other brands are available).

Pea milk may be appealing to those who are looking for a quality alternative to cow’s milk due to its high protein content.

Does It Taste Like Peas?

This is a very common question, but luckily, pea milk doesn’t taste like green peas at all (now that’s a relief!). If you’ve already tried almond milk, then consider its taste similar to that (but a little creamier). It also has a smooth texture, but has an aftertaste that may not be to everyone’s liking.

For those who are accustomed to drinking non-dairy milks, it’s likely that this aftertaste won’t bother you too much.

There are also flavoured varieties of pea milk available, for those that don’t get on with the regular taste, or just want something a bit different.

Why You Might Want to Try It

Pea milks can be:

• A Good Source of Plant-Based Protein – Pea milks can have similar protein contents to dairy milk and significantly more than coconut or almond alternatives. Consuming an adequate amount of protein can help to keep you satisfied between meals, which may even aid in weight loss!

• Rich in Essential Nutrients - This milk contains essential nutrients the body needs such as iron, calcium, potassium, and many more (although these are mostly added afterwards). Some milks (such as Ripple) may also be supplemented with omega 3 from plant sources (though arguably in pretty small amounts).

• A Hypoallergenic Alternative - If you’re lactose intolerant or you simply don’t consume soy- or nut-based milks due to allergies, this is a great alternative. This is soy- and nut-free, making it a safe choice for individuals with allergies or other health conditions. It is also gluten-free and vegan suitable.

• Low in Calories - As mentioned above, the milk is creamier when compared to almond milk, which means it’s more satisfying. However, when we think “creamy” we think “calories.” The good news is, pea milk is very low in calories — in fact, it’s even lower than cow’s milk but providers a richer and creamier texture than many other plant-based milks available today.

• Eco-Friendly - Ripple Foods is the company behind Ripple milk and the company asserts that it takes less greenhouse emissions to produce the milk than almond milk, making it safer for the environment.

In a Pea-Shell

Ripple (pea) milk may be a good alternative to cow’s milk, especially if you’re looking out for your daily protein intake. However, keep in mind that certain types of pea milk may be high in sugar, such as those that are flavoured. If you must, choose unsweetened Ripple milk, or you can even make your own pea milk at home (but bear in mind that this won’t have all the added nutrients)!

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What If You Don’t Go To University

It’s August, which means it’s that time of the year again: A Level Results Day.

And whether it’s your friends or your grandma, there’s one question on everyone’s lips…

Are you going to university?

You might be heading back from college to the tune of ‘Did you get the grades?’

Or maybe you never wanted to go to uni in the first place.

Whichever boat you’re in; what happens when your friends are prepping for freshers’ week, but you’re not?

No fear – we’re here to help! The first thing you need to consider is:

Are you sure about your decision?

It’s difficult to aim for your goals if you don’t know what they are, or how to reach them. This means that if you have a particular career in mind, you might want to see a careers advisor or thoroughly research alternative routes into the field you’re passionate about before making a final decision.

But then what? Well, first, it’s important to know…

There are a ton of careers that don’t require a university degree

It’s true! You may have considered some of these options: hairdressing, beauty, personal training.

But those aren’t the only choices – many careers have a variety of pathways into them, from accountancy, to journalism, to nutritional therapy.

Read on to see what you can do instead of going to university:

Take a Gap Year

Fondly known as the ‘gap yah’ among millennials, many teens take a year out to decide what they want to do before continuing their education. This often takes the form of travelling, learning a language, and gaining lots of experience of different cultures – but it can also involve volunteering in a mix of industries to help you make a more informed decision about your future. While this kind of break provides a temporary solution, it’s common for people to head back to school once they complete their gap year, but many teens also open doors to careers they never knew existed!

(Pssst… Looking for the latest work experience opportunities? GoThinkBig is a good place to start).

Find an Apprenticeship

Becoming an apprentice is a great way to get straight into work AND gain a qualification while you earn. From farming, to hospitality, to law, you can choose your apprenticeship from a huge selection of fields and levels, from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) right through to Level 6/7 (degree equivalent). Depending on the level, an apprenticeship can take between 1 and 5 years to complete, but you’ll be learning loads of job-specific skills along the way.

If you’re in the UK, you can click here to find an apprenticeship.

Get an Entry-Level Job

While a large number of entry-level jobs will attract applications from students and recent graduates, many employers offer roles aimed at school-leavers – including training schemes. The obvious benefit of heading straight into work is that you’ll be earning right away.

A great way to find entry-level jobs is to keep an eye on websites that advertise vacancies in specific fields. Mediargh is a great example for media-related careers (publishing, science – whatever).

Become an Entrepreneur

Ever wanted to start your own business? Now might be your chance! This can be an exciting option for those not looking to go to university, but it’s wise to first consider the funding, support, and advice you’ll need along the way. If you’re in the UK, check out these government guidelines for new businesses.

For an extra boost when it comes to marketing your business effectively, check out Google’s Digital Garage for free digital marketing training.

Study for an Online Diploma

A huge barrier for many prospective students is the possibility of getting in over £50,000 of debt for a qualification in an area they’re not entirely sure about, or wasn’t necessary for their preferred career.

Whether you’re looking to boost your entrepreneurial endeavours, or you want to get a feel for a subject before jumping into a degree, an online diploma can be a great way to go! Loads of platforms offer you the chance to study via the web and many don’t require specialist technology, so you can get going with just a laptop and a cup of tea.

If it’s nutrition you’re into, we at The Health Sciences Academy® have a whole host of certifications and short courses for you to explore.

Nutrition not your thing? Not to worry – there are loads of other great providers out there. Check out Coursera and Lynda for an array of online courses on a variety of subjects.

They’re called options for a reason…

It’s important to remember that choosing to not go to university isn’t something that sets your career in a permanent direction. You may try one of the above and decide you want to go to uni after all! Perhaps you want some work experience, maybe you’re looking to boost your know-how before embarking on a degree, or you might even decide to do both an online course and an apprenticeship – the point is: the sky’s the limit.

What you’re doing this September doesn’t necessarily define the rest of your life, but it CAN boost it. Do what’s best for you and remember: it’s quite natural to need a little bit of extra time to work out where you want your career to go.

The Health Sciences Academy® is the UK’s largest online educator in nutrition science.

We are home to a variety of Level 5 online diplomas, in addition to a range of accredited short courses in nutrition topics – ready to help you ignite your career.

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