Indigo Herbs are pleased to launch 2 new product ranges - our Organic Raw Seed and Nut Butters and our Organic Vegan Protein Powders. Both are high in protein, and make an excellent ingredient choice for vegans, those that are dairy-free and anyone who wishes to focus on a diet rich in protein.
Both ranges currently retail on our website:
Athletes and sports enthusiasts alike are often found drinking a protein shake after a workout, they understand that muscles need protein to repair and rebuild, and if that's the plan when working out and training then protein will do the job.
How much protein do we need?
The average male requires 56g of protein per day and female 46g. A food can be classed as high in protein if over 20% of the energy that food provides is delivered as protein. And this is the case with our 2 new product ranges.
It is especially important to ensure that children get enough protein since they are still developing and it is necessary to ensure their growth is unimpaired.
Age of Child
14-18 yrs in girls
14-18 yrs in boys
Children who are lactose intolerant or vegan may be at risk so looking for other delicious appetising sources of high protein foods is essential.
Firstly we are really excited about our Organic Vegan Protein Powders range, consisting of superfood powders that can easily be added to a pre or post workout smoothie.
Including protein rich Pumpkin, Chia, Pea, Brown Rice, and Hemp, these super nutritious foods have been cleverly processed to extract the protein from the plant (much of the fat, fibre and bulk have been removed). The powders that remain after processing are very fine, with in some cases as much as 60% pure protein.
As well as blending into a smoothie or ‘milk’ shake (using plant milk such as soya, almond, hemp, coconut or oat) , the powders can also replace (or partly replace) flour in a recipe, such as pancakes or sauces.
Additionally the two blue-green algae super-greens - Spirulina and Chlorella powder complete this high in protein powder range, as these complete foods provide over 55% protein.
Nut and Seed Butters
Secondly we are delighted to be launching our range of Organic Raw Nut and Seed Butters, made from the finest natural ingredients. Whilst being utterly delicious the organic nuts and seeds in these highly nutritious butters have not been roasted or heat treated during manufacture. This means that all of the nutrients naturally occurring in these nuts and seeds remain fully intact and the oils are abundant with unspoilt omega-oils.
Keeping ingredients raw and unheated is at the cutting edge of food manufacture and it is thought to preserve and not destroy a substantial amount of the available nutrients in these foods, and is highly sort after by those looking for optimum nutrition in their food. There are no added ingredients in these butters, they are 100% free from added sugar, salt or palm oil.
Including Organic Almond, Hemp, Pumpkin, Black and White Sesame and Walnut this butters range will be irresistible for the peanut butter lovers amongst us. The butters can be used in recipes to make cookies, flapjacks, curries, stir-frys and even added to smoothies (to sustain the appetite for longer) and of course the old favourite, they are delicious and a bit different on toast or crackers. This range consistently offers a rich source of protein and makes an excellent choice for those looking for high protein, high energy, super nutritious food solutions.
So Why Should I be eating a food that is high in protein?
Proteins are a group of compounds which are present in every living cell, organ and tissue of the body. Meaning “first” or “of prime importance” in Greek, proteins participate in every cellular process occurring in the body.
Proteins are made up of structures called amino acids, there are a total of 20 amino acids, some essential, some nonessential – you must consume in the food you eat the essential amino acids because your body cannot make them.
What protein does for the body
Dietary protein supports bone health by supplying the raw material required to construct soft bone matrix and by promoting muscle growth and retention. Protein also plays an important role in muscle contraction and coordination, it is present in the muscle tissues in the form of many microfilaments and it provides muscle structure. Muscle growth depends on the adequacy of proteins in the body. Proteins function as building blocks for muscles, bones and cartilage.
Nutritionists advise opting for a variety of whole foods to meet your protein needs including eggs, dairy, seeds, beans and nuts.
Both of our high protein ranges currently retail on our website: