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Nuzest Protein & More!


Aside from collagen (which you can read all about HERE), Nuzest is the ONLY company that I buy powdered supplements from. They make a number of different products that I really love, so I’ll do my best to give you a detailed overview without writing a novel.


And note:

You can use code “KYLA” for 15% off any Nuzest products!

(plus free shipping over $50)


The list of reasons why I love Nuzest’s Clean Lean Protein could get pretty long, but here are a few key points:

  • It’s vegan

    • I do eat dairy, but I try to avoid excess amounts, including whey- or casein-based protein powders. Nuzest is made with premium European Golden peas, and stands up to the protein quality of any dairy-based product!

  • SUPER clean and simple ingredients

    • The natural flavored protein is pure pea protein isolate, and the flavored options use only natural sources of flavor.

  • NO added sugar

    • Not that I avoid added sugar (I definitely do NOT), but when the taste is great without it, I prefer an option without.

  • Texture

    • If you mix just the protein with a little bit of liquid, it literally turns into a smooth, creamy pudding! It’s also great for baking.

  • alkaline

    • It’s one of the few alkaline proteins available, supporting the pH balance in your body and helping to cleanse your systems.

  • It’s SO DELICIOUS!

    • Flavor options include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coffee, and more!

 
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If you currently use a protein supplement, I really encourage you to try Nuzest and see how it compares… the taste, the nutrition profile, how it digests, and the versatility— you can make so many different things with it!

If you don’t use a protein supplement, whether that’s because you don’t think you need one (you might not), you’ve tried some and never loved them, or you’ve never really thought about using one, Nuzest could add some QUALITY protein to your diet, and you could notice a multitude of benefits because of it!


the fun doesn't stop there!

Give me a minute to explain though, because these other products could sound a little bit weird at first.


Nuzest has amazing fruit and vegetable powders as well as multivitamin drink mixes, too.


Their “Just Fruit & Veg” mixes are a blend of 5 different fruits and 5 different vegetables mixed with pea protein, and they come in three different flavors:

  • Fresh Coconut

  • Wild Berry

  • Cacao Mint

These taste good on their own in water or milk, or you can throw one it into a smoothie for one heck of a healthy punch!

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The “Quick Vita Kick” is a blend of greens, fruits, veggies, and pea protein isolate that is fortified with tons of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Just like I recommend that everybody take a multivitamin (no matter how great your diet is), I think it’s important to fill in any gaps with a comprehensive supplement, and this will keep you covered! It comes in the flavors of:

  • Cacao Honey

  • Cacao Mint

  • Cacao Banana

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Smoothies are definitely one of my favorite things to make with Nuzest’s products, however, I also love to make bread, muffins, protein ‘pudding’, cookies, brownies, hot cocoa, protein balls, and more!

I didn’t even cover all of the amazing products that Nuzest makes in this post, so be sure to check out their website for more! There’s bars and “functional protein powders” that are made with things like turmeric, MCT’s, and matcha!


Don’t forget, you can use code “KYLA” for 15% off + free shipping on nuzest-usa.com!

Just to note, I only have this code because I personally believe in and use the products myself. I would never promote something or work with a company otherwise!



Banza


So before I say ANYTHING… let me set one thing straight:

Real pasta is GOOD.

SO good.

And it’s not bad for you.

But I love Banza pasta too, and I eat all the things I love! :)


Now that we’re clear…

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If you’ve never heard of it, Banza is pasta made from chickpeas. This means that is has less carbohydrates and more protein and fiber than traditional pasta. It’s not necessarily “low carb”, because chickpeas are still a carbohydrate source, but the carbohydrates that it does contain and complex and high in fiber.

Personally, I don’t find the taste of Banza to be all that different than traditional pasta; I’m pretty obsessed with chickpeas in any form (did somebody say hummus?!), but I don’t think that’s a flavor present in the pasta. The only difference I find is while cooking; white foam tends to accumulate above the boiling water. This is what happens when you cook chickpeas themselves, so it’s not weird or anything to worry about.


Along with the chickpeas that make up over 90% of the pasta, the ingredients in Banza include tapioca, pea protein, and xanthan gum. According to Banza, these ingredients help to add volume to the pasta and bind the chickpea flour together as somewhat of a vegan egg replacement, since the pasta is vegan. 


They make all the different shapes and styles of pasta you could ever think of too:

 
  • Rigatoni

  • Penne

  • Spaghetti

  • Linguini

  • Shells

  • Elbows

  • Wheels

  • Ziti

  • Cavatappi

  • Wheels

  • Rotini

  • Angel hair

 

And they’ve recently released a line of mac & cheese too!

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These aren’t vegan, but they are delicious:

  • Elbows & classic cheddar

  • Elbows & white cheddar

  • Shells & classic cheddar

  • Shells & white cheddar

  • Cacio e pepe (my favorite!)


Here are the nutrition facts and ingredient labels from a box of pasta and a box of mac & cheese:

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I’ve made so many different types of pasta, bowls, mac & cheese, and flavor combinations with Banza. If you’re looking for recipes to try, check out the Banza website for tons of ideas! I have one recipe on my blog as well, with more coming for sure!

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cashew cream pasta with roasted artichokes

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If you’re looking to buy Banza near you, here’s their store locator: 


You can also buy it right from their website if you prefer! They also have an FAQ page with answers to any questions you might have.


If you have any other questions about anything, you’re always welcome to send me a message! (HERE)

If you’ve ever tried Banza pasta, let me know what you thought below! If you haven’t, let me know what you want to make with it first :)

Happy Friday!