A lot of how you feel has to do with what you eat, and that also trickles down to your running. While a glass of milk in the morning can do you a world of good, it’s important to know whether your body can actually cope with it. One of the things many people don’t know about themselves is how they are lactose intolerant, while there are runners that are vegan or just plain dislike the taste of milk. For them, almond milk is a boon and a great substitute.

For starters, a cup of almond milk only has one gram of protein versus 8 grams in cow’s milk, and 2 milligrams of calcium versus 300 milligrams in cow’s milk. So if you are going to switch to almond milk, you must also make sure you have other sources where you get your calcium and protein. If you can manage that you will see just how great almond milk is for you.

Skin
Almond milk has 50% of the daily-recommended Vitamin E needed for the body. That means you are loaded up on the anti-oxidants, which helps your digestion and energy retention, and makes your skin glow.

Digestion
Like we said, the anti-oxidant properties help in digestion, but the fibre content in almond milk also helps your metabolism.

No refrigeration
Next time you are going for an outstation race, carry your own supply of almond milk and it also has a longer shelf life than milk.

Heart-friendly
Almond milk has no cholesterol or saturated fats. It’s also low in sodium and high in healthy fats (such as omega fatty acids, typically found in fish), which helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.

Weight-loss
One cup of almond milk contains only 60 calories, as opposed to 146 calories in whole milk. So losing those pounds becomes easier, and it also helps you achieve more with your run.

Blood sugar levels
Almond milk is low in carbs, which means it won’t significantly increase your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk for diabetes. It also has a low glycemic index, so the natural sugar in it won’t be stored as fat, but instead be used to fuel your running.

Taste
Many of us have grown up disliking the taste of milk. The good news is almond milk has no resemblance to cow’s milk. It’s light and can be described as odorless with a unique flavour. You can even use it to make sweets that require milk.

So, there you have it. A neat and tidy list of why you should give almond milk a shot. Whether it’s with granola, muesli, oats or in a glass, we say bottoms up!

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