In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: The Power of Pea Protein

 

By Angela Zuniga
Marketing Assistant
Kirkman Group, Inc. 


How much protein do you get? If you’re like most people, it’s not enough. According to Dr. Oz, “The US Department of Agriculture recommends that all men and women over the age of 19 should get at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day (or 0.37 grams per pound).”1

That means if you weigh 150 pounds, you need approximately 55.5 grams of protein per day! Getting that much from your diet alone can be extremely challenging, and that challenge is only increased if you have specific dietary sensitivities that limit the sources from which you can get protein.

Though there are many ways to get protein, such as from meats, nuts and beans, increased chemical use means those sources are often contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. The level of contamination in our food sources has become so ubiquitous that pregnant women are encouraged to consume less fish due to high mercury content. So, how do you make sure you are getting adequate amounts of protein while avoiding harmful pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants and still maintaining your special diet?

Kirkman’s Pea Protein Powder is an excellent, natural source of protein that is derived from 100 percent golden pea kernels, a total vegetable source. It contains a complete, balanced profile of amino acids, with a protein content of about 82 percent. Since it is made from peas, it is a fantastic vegan source of protein and is suitable for both a gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) diet and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). It is also free of genetically modified organisms (GMO) as well as being soy free, rice free and dairy free! Most importantly, only Kirkman’s Pea Protein Powder is Ultra Tested® for more than 950 environmental contaminants, ensuring the highest level of purity on the market.

Kirkman’s Pea Protein Powder is easy to combine with your favorite recipes, helping your family get all the protein they need. Each serving of the Pea Protein Powder provides 6 grams of protein. So, what’s left to do but to get cooking?

You can incorporate this powder into every meal and snack, providing you have at least one item that does not need to be baked. Like all vitamins, it is not recommended to bake the Pea Protein Powder because it can potentially diminish the effectiveness of the vitamins within it. Here are two of our favorite new recipes that can easily accommodate the protein powder to give you an added boost.

Our first recipe is for a non-dairy banana shake, which, with only four ingredients, makes it easy to make and great for vegans and people who are non-dairy!

Non-Dairy Banana Shake
(Modified from The Cyclist’s Wife)

Ingredients:

  • 1 scant cup frozen banana rounds
  • 4 large ice cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ oz. (15-16 grams) Pea Protein Powder

Directions:

  1. Put the frozen banana rounds into a food processor and mix to an ice cream-like consistency.
  2. Transfer the banana ice cream to your blender. 
  3. Add ice cubes, Pea Protein Powder and almond milk; blend until smooth.
  4. Indulge!

Here’s another tempting treat!

Creamy Blueberry Coconut Smoothie
(Modified from Go Dairy Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 cup plain dairy-free yogurt (a coconut-based one would go nicely!)
  • ¼ cup light canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut (plus additional for garnish)
  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ oz. (15-16 grams) Pea Protein Powder

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with additional shredded coconut if desired.

Both of these recipes can be found on our Pinterest page, along with lots of other tasty ideas!

Keeping you and your family in mind, Kirkman® created a recipe book available free of charge on our website. This book features other delicious and nutritious ways to give your special diet the protein it needs! From drinks to snacks, dessert and dinner, our free recipe book has it all. Download it now.
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References

1. (2013, May 16). In The Dr. Oz Show. Retrieved September 24, 2014, from http://www.doctoroz.com/article/protein-fact-sheet

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