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You Don't Know Jackfruit?

Meatless Mondays just got… fruitier?

In 2014, NPR called jackfruit “A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World” and The Guardian heralded jackfruit as a “miracle crop” for its potential to replace food supplies under threat by climate change, while this summer, a puzzled National Post writer dubbed jackfruit “the produce that needs a user’s manual.”

Jackfruit is…

If you’ve tried ripe jackfruit in a dessert, seeing it served as pulled pork might confuse you.

See, this tropical fruit has a dual identity. When ripe, jackfruit tastes sweet and somewhat tangy, like a pineapple or mango, but unripe this mild-mannered relative of the mulberry becomes a single-ingredient, meat-substituting superhero.

My first experience with Jackfruit was four years ago, through a link to a YouTube video titled “TV Host Calls Vegan Chef a Liar on National TV.” The clip featured chef Timothy Moore preparing pulled pork-style jackfruit on an Indianapolis morning show, and the host’s utter disbelief convinced me to track down a can in 2012.

These days it’s a lot easier to get this amazingly versatile fruit into your hands - we sell cans of organic young jackfruit at our Kardish stores.  

 

Take a look at some of the unbelievable recipes we’ve tried:

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Which recipes do you want to make? Feel free to share your thoughts below, and send photos of your favourite jackfruit dishes to Twitter and Facebook. We read everything you send us.

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Try Our Favourite Keto And Vegan Summer Smoothies

It’s smoothie season! With summer in full swing, what better time to enjoy a refreshing blended drink?

Creating the perfect smoothie is both an art and a science. It must be tasty—of course—but a great smoothie should also be nutritious.

Our go-to smoothies combine nutrient-rich ingredients like peanut butter and fresh summer fruits with other smoothie staples.

And the secret ingredient? Kardish Better Vegan Protein.

It can be tough to find the right protein powder. There are so many factors to consider! Great taste is vital, but discerning athletes are also looking for limited added sugar, additional nutrients, and natural ingredients.

That’s where Kardish Better Vegan Protein comes in. Plant-based, GMO-free, and delicious, the organic formula also packs a punch, with 21g of protein per serving. It also happens to be Keto and Paleo friendly, and with vanilla and chocolate options, there is something for everyone.

The ideal summer smoothie starts with Kardish Better Vegan Protein and some of our favourite natural ingredients. Interested in tasting it for yourself? We’ve listed two of our go-to recipes below to try!

The Choco-Banana Nut Smoothie combines bananas, natural peanut butter, plant-based milk, and a touch of cinnamon, blending flawlessly with chocolate protein for a nutritious treat at any time of day. After all, who says you can’t enjoy chocolate for breakfast?

For those who prefer a more traditional smoothie experience, try the Strawberry Vanilla Swirl, which blends fruity flavour with the richness of thick Greek yogurt. And for our Keto friends, we’ve also included a modified version of the Choco-Nut Smoothie with less sugar and more good fats. Avocado, anyone?

Kardish Better Vegan Protein Choco-Banana Nut Smoothie

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup unsweetened almond, soy, or oat milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp natural peanut butter

1 scoop Kardish Better Vegan Chocolate Protein

In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine frozen bananas and a milk of your choice. Blend until completely smooth. Add cinnamon, peanut butter, and protein, then blend on a lower setting to combine. Serve topped with drizzled peanut butter, chocolate sauce, sliced bananas, or a topping of your choice.

Kardish Better Vegan Protein Strawberry Vanilla Swirl Smoothie

What you’ll need:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

1/2 cup unsweetened almond, soy, or oat milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup vanilla, strawberry, or plain Greek yogurt

1 scoop Kardish Better Vegan Vanilla Protein

In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine frozen banana, strawberries, and a milk of your choice. Blend until completely smooth. Add cinnamon, protein, and yogurt, then blend on a lower setting to combine. Serve topped with sliced bananas and strawberries or a topping of your choice.

Kardish Better Vegan Protein Keto Chocolate Smoothie

What you’ll need:

1 sliced or frozen avocado

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp natural nut butter (consider macadamia nut or almond)

1 scoop Kardish Better Vegan Chocolate Protein

In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine avocado and almond milk. Blend until completely smooth. Add cinnamon, peanut butter, and protein, then blend on a lower setting to combine. Serve topped with drizzled nut butter or another topping of your choice!

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The Power Of Plants

plant-based, vegan protein powder has spiked over the past few years and health conscious brands are always coming up with new and innovative ways to boost your protein intake using plants.

Fortunately, the days of chalky, bland tasting protein powders are behind us! We now have hundreds of different powdered proteins to choose from, and they go far beyond dairy-based options like casein and whey.

 

Plant based proteins offer some benefits over their animal based counterparts; they are low in saturated fat, free of the growth hormones and antibiotics found in animal proteins, and tend to be more alkaline-forming.

 

You may have heard that most plant-based proteins are ‘incomplete proteins,’ with a few notable exceptions including hemp, soy and quinoa.  What this means is that on their own, some proteins do not contain each of the nine essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.  You do not need to eat each of these amino acids at every meal, but getting a balance of them over the whole day is important.

 

Let’s take some time to delve into this topic and better understand our nutritional needs and how the power of plants can help us to fulfil them.

Top Four Sources of Plant Derived Protein


Yellow Pea

As one of the most popular, well-known plant proteins, yellow pea is the foundations of protein powders like Vega and VegEssentials. Thanks to its array of amino acids, mild flavour and light texture it is often a top pick for plant-based powders. Pea protein has also been shown to lower blood pressure and increase muscle growth just as efficiently as whey protein.  

Brown Rice
Where you find yellow pea protein, you will often find brown rice. Brown rice is a great source of the amino acids, cysteine and methionine, something that yellow pea lacks. When combined, the two protein sources are able to balance each other and take on a similar nutritional profile to whey or egg white, but without the allergy concern.

Hemp Seeds
These little seeds (also referred to as hearts) are a source of complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids. These essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from food, making hemp seeds a great choice. They are easily thrown into smoothies or baking all on their own, but you can also purchase a powdered version. Hemp seeds also contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 and fiber.

Chia Seeds
Like hemp seeds, chia can also be added on their own to smoothies and baking. Thanks to their ability to absorb water, they curb appetite and keep us feeling full. They are also a great source of fiber and a part of the protein blend in VegEssentials and Raw Fit.  


Blended is Best 
You no longer need to devour bowls of beans and rice to maintain a balanced intake of essential amino acids. Most plant-based powders like Raw Fit and Sun Warrior are a blend of various grains, legumes, algaes and/or seeds in order to achieve this completeness. Powders with various protein sources will also have a higher bioavailability (your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients), a better nutritional profile, and a higher overall protein content. 

It’s important to keep in mind that it’s nearly impossible to know the exact ratio of amino acids in every single meal that we consume. When it comes to plant-based protein powders, this is why blended is often best. Incorporating a protein supplement with a blend of ingredients will provide an array of amino acids and other nutrients.


So, go ahead, harness the power of plants today!

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Seven Unexpected (And Tasty) Uses For Protein Powder

Protein powder has a world of benefits. For fitness junkies, it’s a great way to get the most out of a workout and help your body build muscle. For vegetarians and vegans, it’s an excellent alternative or supplement to plant-based protein options. And for everyone, it can be a great way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs, especially on busy days. 

But as anyone who uses protein knows, there’s only so many days in a row you can drink a protein shake before it starts to feel a little stale. Luckily, most powders are super versatile—you can use them for cooking, baking, or even as a quick add-in to your favourite snack foods.

Here are some of our best ideas to change up your protein routine.

Pancakes

Add an extra boost to your weekend breakfasts by tossing some protein in your pancake batter. Whether you make your flapjacks from scratch or from a mix, the powder should blend in perfectly. If you’re finding it thickens more that you’d like, just add a little extra milk to balance out your batter.

Oatmeal

As it turns out, protein powder blends flawlessly into good old-fashioned oatmeal. Try it with fresh berries, chia seeds, nuts and dried fruit, or simply a touch of cinnamon sugar. It’s an easy, ultra-nutritious breakfast that never disappoints.

Granola bars

Turn a basic homemade granola bar recipe into a nutrition-packed protein bar in no time. Simply choose a granola recipe that suits your tastes, and add protein powder in with the other dry ingredients. If you’re using pre-sweetened powder, just remember to drop the sugar levels in your recipe accordingly.

Cookies

If you haven’t had a protein cookie before, you’re missing out. There are countless recipes to choose from online, ranging from classic chocolate chip to oatmeal peanut butter to banana nut. If you’re not an expert baker, don’t worry—protein cookies are famously simple to put together. Just mix and bake.

Burgers (or veggie burger)

It is unbelievably simple to add an extra kick of protein to any burger recipe. Simply add the powder along with your flour or oatmeal, and you’re all set. This is an especially great option for vegetarians and vegans who want to make sure they’re hitting the protein levels they need each day.

Mashed potatoes

Protein potatoes are delicious, and so easy to make. Just peel and boil your potatoes, then mash in a few spoonfuls of flavourless powder along with milk, eggs and salt. For protein garlic potatoes, just add in some minced garlic and parsley.

Yogurt

Fun recipes are great when you have time to burn, but life can get a little busy to cook up your protein every day. If you’re in a rush, mixing powder into yogurt can be an ideal option. Just scoop in your desired amount, and swirl it in. For this one, strawberry protein powder really hits the spot.

Need to stock up some protein powder? Try Kardish Better Vegan Protein. Available in both chocolate and vanilla, Kardish Better Vegan Protein is sure to give your recipe a healthy boost!

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