Kapowder FTW!

I’m coming to terms with a lot of the “gobbledygook” I was taught while growing-up about protein, meats, and dairy products. As I’ve said in previous posts, my evolution to a vegan-based diet was a progression after 5 years semi-veggie. As well, our diet changes were driven for health-conscious reasons, and although the ethical reasons to embrace vegan-eating are understood and accepted, they were not the primary catalyst. That said, I want to make sure that in addition to the fibre and nutrient-rich veggie juice we get in our daily smoothies, we also get sufficient veg-based proteins, etc.

While scouring the interwebz to find a palatable, powdered, Organic source of veggie protein, I kept coming back to spirulina. Spirulina is an algae that is rich in protein (16g protein per 1 tsp serving) and essential minerals. The Aztecs have been using spirulina for centuries. In an effort to add variety, I kept looking and found wheatgrass and red maca interesting. Wheatgrass is not high in protein, but it is rich in beta-carotene, calcium, chlorophyll, fiber, iron and vitamin K. Yay! The red maca powder got my attention with it’s energy-boosting abilities, as well as having several essential amino acids and a sweet, caramel-like smell. Double-yay! I was still wanting to round the flavors out, so I keep looking. Both pomegranate and açaí are high in anti-oxidants as well being yummy, so I went with them! Triple-yay!

After everything arrived, I tasted each powder separately to get a feel for them. Wow! I was pleasantly surprised with the spirulina, because I had envisioned a flavor resembling that of fresh-cut grass. Not at all what I got. Yes, the best way to describe it is “green,” but more like an “I’ve just eaten a gorgeous fresh kale and spinach salad”-kind of green. The wheatgrass was very light on my nose, and had a slightly-sweet, delicate aftertaste. The red maca filled my nose with a definite caramel fragrance, and tasted a little like a powdered potato. Both the pomegranate and açaí were sweet and tart. Delicious! This is what I’m working with now, although I may change amounts and/or add fruit powders in the future:

Basic Kapowder
2 C spirulina* powder
2 C wheatgrass* powder
2 C red maca* powder
1.5 C açaí* powder
2 C pomegranate* powder
* = Organic
 

:: Sift all the powders through a wire sieve into a large bowl or bucket you have a lid for. I used an empty ice cream bucket. =0) With a wire whisk or spoon, stir through to incorporate all the powders. Store in the fridge. For Smoothies, use 1 semi-heaping Tbsp per blender-full, or 1 tsp (1/3 of a scoop-full similar to the one pictured below) per individual glass (mixed with fruit juice or water). I really like my little coffee scoop like this…

…but my scoop is white. ;0) I find it’s a great amount heaping for full blenders or 1/3-full for single-servings.

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2012 © copyright veggiewitch, all rights reserved

Green Kapowder Smoothie: banana, 1 heaping-scoop of Kapowder, 1/2 C frozen strawberries, coconut milk. It was awesome!

A little update…

Choosing to eliminate dairy and other animal by-products has been the best thing I’ve done since cutting out alcohol and cleaning up my diet 4.5 years ago. I thought I felt better when I used an herbal detox to flush my system. I didn’t miss the “gluten crash” I’d feel after eating regular pasta, once I’d severely cut-back on all wheat-based products. I really thought I was doing well. The past two weeks have been eye-opening for me. Truly.

I have more energy and way less phlegm. Yup, it’s true. I have not yet come to a point of actually missing cheese, because so far I am more than ecstatic to not be “mooky” anymore. I’m loving this! Soy-yogurt is so delicious! I’m looking forward to experimenting with a coconut-based yogurt very soon. <3

Increasing my water is helping, too. Every morning, before I do anything else, I drink about 32oz of water. I repeat that process 2-3 times per day. In addition to that, I’m having heaps of fun juicing loads of carrots, apples, celery,  and beets.

As much as I’m happy to eliminate items from my diet, I am determined to include critical elements alternatively to avoid deficiencies. To ensure essential vitamins and protein, I’ve made a “boost” for our smoothies from spirulina, wheatgrass, red maca, acai, and pomegranate powders. That combined with fresh-pressed juice, increased intake of beans and alternates, loads and loads of locally-grown Organic produce, being vegan feels freaking awesome!

I’ve got to say that I’m also making sure we all get an awesome veggie-based/vegan-friendly daily multi, and my Mister and I are taking 1,000mg of Vitamin C each day, as well. Talk about feeling happy! WAHOO!

I’m SO excited!

We’re going to a local Farmers Market tomorrow, where half the vendors are certified organic! I’m so excited I’m about to burst! We’re due to get our juicer and dehydrator soon, too. Oh yeah! AND all the goodies I ordered for smoothies (spirulina, golden maca, wheatgrass, acai and pomegranate powders) from Nuts.com. This weekend and next week will be full of fun, innovation and experiments! WOOT!