In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: New Year, New Healthy You

Nora Tarte

Nora Tarte
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.

 

New year, new you! It’s the anthem of January – to eat healthy and make better lifestyle choices. Getting proper nutrients is important to everyone’s health, especially to children’s, but prominent food allergies and other gastrointestinal complications can make eating the right foods more difficult for families.

This is where Kirkman® can assist. With our 65 years of experience in manufacturing nutritional supplements, Kirkman® can help get your family on track with nutrition. Simply use Kirkman’s products to supplement your family’s diet and make eating right simple. It’s a good idea to buy products in bulk to save money and commit to meal prep to save time down the road.

Prepping family meals and snacks in advance can make committing to healthy eating much easier. Having nutritious foods on hand is convenient, so you don’t give your child a bag of unhealthy, salty chips to hold them over while you slave in the kitchen to create the perfect, well-balanced lunch  that they may not even eat because they filled up on junk food. 

Use the recipes below to make your family’s food wellness goals a reality. Because almost all of Kirkman’s supplements are gluten, casein and sugar free, you can serve up snacks from Kirkman® without second-guessing their nutritional value. There is no reason for people with food allergies to substitute their good health with unnatural, unhealthy foods that could lead to other discomforts.

Kirkman’s Pea Protein Powder is a gluten and casein free supplement that acts as a vegetarian and vegan protein alternative. Children who eat low-protein diets, due to sensitivities, can make up where they’re lacking with this product, which has spurred an entire pamphlet of Kirkman® recipes. Visit http://kirkmanlabs.com/uploads/PeaProteinRecipes.pdf to get ideas on how to cook with this awesome protein alternative! 

For a quick snack, serve up Peanut Butter Protein Balls (with calcium). Unused portions can be refrigerated and each recipe yields about 30 balls, making it easy to prep in advance.

Ingredients – 

Directions – 

  1. Mix peanut butter, honey, Pea Protein Powder and Calcium Powder until uniform
  2. Roll into balls about the size of a grape
  3. Coat balls in ground nuts (if desired) and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes
  4. Serve at room temperature or chilled 

Another flavorful way to add protein to your child’s diet is through liquids. Kirkman’s Pineapple/Apple drink is a tasty alternative to simple fruit juice that offers more nutritious ingredients.

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ½ oz. (15-16 grams) Pea Protein Powder

Directions –

  1. Add apple juice and pineapple juice into blender
  2. Add Pea Protein Powder and blend at high speed until uniform and smooth 

This winter, keep warm with tasty, toasty tomato soup. The bold taste and smooth texture hides the Pea Protein Powder well while still offering a protein-rich soup that will keep your family healthy post holidays. 

Ingredients –

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup carrots (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ medium yellow onion (coarsely chopped)
  • ⅓ cup Pea Protein Powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3-4 medium tomatoes (peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme)

Directions –

  1. Sauté carrot, onion and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes on medium to high heat being careful not to burn
  2. Add tomato juice, tomatoes, and dried herbs (if using fresh herbs, hold for now)
  3. Stir and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes
  5. Put soup in blender and puree until smooth
  6. Strain soup back into a pan, add fresh herbs (if using fresh herbs)
  7. Stir in Pea Protein Powder
  8. Heat until hot, stir in butter or margarine and serve

In the mood for something different? The following recipe is a balanced, broth-based soup full of vegetables and including options to add in supplements your family may be lacking. 

Tortellini Soup

Ingredients –

  • 5 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1-cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 ½ sliced zucchinis
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, cooked
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • An appropriate dose, as determined by your doctor, of B-Complex with CoEnzymes Pro-Support Powder
  • I package of frozen four-cheese tortellini

Directions – 

  1. Mix all ingredients together except tortellini
  2. Cook for 90 minutes
  3. Add tortellini in for the last 10 minutes

 Make getting your family on a proper vitamin regimen your resolution this year. Kirkman® offers a variety of flavored Super Nu-Thera® liquid vitamins that can easily be added to any smoothie or juice recipe to make them more enjoyable. The flavors –raspberry, tropical fruit and green apple – enhance taste, which can help picky eaters get the nutrients they need without a fight. Cod Liver Oil, which supplements omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA and also vitamins A and D, is another product from Kirkman® that can easily be slipped into a smoothie or juice recipe. Kirkman’s Cod Liver Oil comes either unflavored or in lemon-lime flavoring. 

 
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