Sourcing Matters: Our Thoughtful Plant Based Protein Blend

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on Aug 22, 2018 5:27:21 PM

 The Sourcing Matters Series highlights and explains the ethical sourcing and benefits of each Kura ingredient. We believe transparency is key in changing the food industry, so we promise to #ownourroots every day.

Our plant based vegan protein is a unique blend of North American-sourced sunflower, pea and pumpkin protein, delivering a complete amino acid profile. This is important, as your body needs 20 different amino acids to form a protein. Nine of these 20 are not produced by your body and must be consumed, and you can find them in our Plant Based Vegan Wellness Powder

Kura’s certified organic, non-GMO pea protein is extracted using only water and a mechanical process to remove most of the starch and fiber content, leaving the concentrated, chemical-free, plant protein powder behind.  No solvents are ever used! Our North American-grown peas have the most complete amino acid profile and the lowest sodium content of any pea protein in the market. 

Kura’s gluten-free, non-GMO pumpkin protein is rich in dietary-indispensable amino acids, including the desirable branched chain amino acids that are important for muscle growth and muscle recovery. In addition to high protein content, our North American-sourced pumpkin protein is extracted carefully ensuring nutrients are protected from light, heat and harmful oxidation. 

Kura's certified organic, non-GMO sunflower protein is sourced from  carefully processed sunflower seeds  to concentrate the valuable protein. It contains essential amino acids, b-vitamins, valuable polyphenols and is rich in fiber. Like our pea & pumpkin protein, we extract our sunflower protein without the use of chemicals or solvents. Using a special cold pressing process, the peeled organic sunflower seeds are finely ground and CO2-extracted to reduce the amount of fat and increase protein content. 

Have any questions about what we covered today? Send them my way along with any comments you have!  Also, be sure to stay tuned for additional posts in our Sourcing Matters Series.

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Dina

The Kura Tribe Copy Director

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Got a Chocolate Craving? Make It Healthy With These 5 Ingredients

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on May 15, 2018 7:11:33 PM

Chocolate cravings can get us when we least expect it.  It can hit after you've woken up consistently for that 6 AM yoga class, or said no to pizza and opted for veggies. You're feeling like the epitome of health and then BOOM.

One night, you're sitting on the couch after a long day, and you start thinking about cookies.  Or ice cream...chocolate ice cream. It's that dreaded chocolate craving rearing it's indomitable presence in your tummy.  Have no fear, chocolate cravings don't have to mean excessive calories, or unhealthy sugars and fats. The Kura Tribe's got you covered with our super simple, yet HEALTHY, 5-ingredient Chocolate Avocado Pudding. (Insider secret: Make it vegan by using our Plant Based Vegan Wellness Powder!)

More good news—you most likely already have all of the ingredients you need to whip up your pudding.  Break open your pantry and grab your Kura Plant Based Vegan or Pasture Raised Dairy Wellness Powder, two avocados, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Blend your ingredients with vigor, knowing that your wellness train is valiantly continuing on it's course! Once blended, let your pudding chill in the fridge for an hour (patience is a virtue), then grab yourself a bowl of goodness.  

Instead of succumbing to sugary, empty calories, you've made yourself a nutrient-rich, delicious snack. Along with the protein, probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that Kura provides, you're reaping the health benefits of avocado, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Here's what these ingredients get you:

AVOCADO

  • Healthy fats that help you inside and out, supporting skin, hair, nails and cardiovascular health
  • Loaded with antioxidants and aid in antioxidant absorption
  • They're DELICIOUS

MAPLE SYRUP

  • A natural alternative to processed sugar, its lower glycemic index won't spike your blood sugar
  • Contains antioxidants and minerals that support skin health and help fight inflammation
  • Conjures up memories of pancakes and waffles

VANILLA EXTRACT

  • Antioxidant-packed to help fight free-radicals
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties support overall immune health
  • Smells like heaven

COCOA POWDER

  • Low-calorie, high in fiber and packed with minerals
  • You guessed it, antioxidants. 
  • All the cocoa goodness without the bad stuff

Now that you've got the scoop, here are the ingredients and directions:

INGREDIENTS

1 serving Chocolate Kura

2 ripe avocados

1tsp vanilla extract

1/4c cocoa powder

1/4c maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

Pit avocados & blend until creamy. Add remaining ingredients & blend until smooth. Place pudding into a container & chill for one hour. 

Got a different kind of craving? Check out our recipe blog for more healthy, benefit-packed inspo! 

Keep it real,

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copywriter

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Sourcing Matters: Our Philosophy

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on May 7, 2018 1:30:49 PM

photo: @sugaredcoconut

 The Sourcing Matters Series highlights and explains the ethical sourcing and benefits of each Kura ingredient. We believe transparency is key in changing the food industry, so we promise to #ownourroots every day

KEEP IT REAL Our formulations keep it the way nature intended through our thoughtful blends, carefully selected ingredients & holistic approach to nutrition.

INSPIRED LIVING We promise to be a resource for you on your journey to a nutritious, wholesome life while providing products that make it attainable.  

GOODNESS FOR ALL Leveraging our business as a force for good, we build meaningful relationships with our partners to leave it better than we found it for the next generation.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY We strive to create one global community – a convergence of respect for Mother Nature & each other. From our supply chain to our packaging, we lessen impact whenever we can.

Our philosophy is what makes me proud to be part of the Kura Tribe. It permeates everything we do and explains our small team’s mutual love of nature, good vibes and wellness. When we say Kura is ‘New Zealand born,’ it’s more than semantics—it's our bedrock. The indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori, are irrevocably tethered to nature. They firmly believe that humans are not superior to nature, and that we only reach our fullest potential when we find oneness with the land and sea.

This belief system is deeply ingrained in New Zealand’s present-day culture, which explains the untainted purity, respect for nature, and holistic caring for farm animals that we cherish today. Nature is our normal, so when we went into business, we knew we couldn’t have it any other way. It has impacted how we source our ingredients, how we formulate our Wellness Powders and the role we play in our global and local community.

MINDFUL SOURCING PRACTICES

Each ingredient in both our Plant Based Vegan and New Zealand Dairy Wellness Powders is sourced ethically and mindfully. Nature got it right the first time, so we don't manipulate or over-manufacture ingredients, which is why our Wellness Powders are non-GMO, with no preservatives, stevia, additives or gluten. Our cows are pasture raised, our plant protein is carefully extracted without the use of chemicals or solvents and we support developing communities with the sourcing of our acacia prebiotic fiber. Along with our mindful sourcing practices, we try to lessen environmental impact where we can throughout our supply chain and in our New Hampshire headquarters. All ingredients are flown to the United States before the blending process begins to lessen weight during shipments, in turn lessening carbon emissions. Our office is lovingly decorated with second-hand furniture, a kitchen stocked with reusables, and of course, all green-cleaning products.

A BALANCED FORMULA

Our philosophy also applies to how our products affect your body.  A blend of whole milk and whey concentrate, our dairy protein offers unstripped goodness that your body processes as nature intended. We decided to remove whey protein isolate for a few reasons:

By not stripping our protein of healthy fats, we are providing you with protein higher in CLAs, omega-3s and a variety of important vitamins and minerals. In addition to these, we’ve added in 23 vitamins and minerals that are important for overall wellness—including vitamin B12, beta carotene and vitamin E. We do not include 100% of your required daily intake, and we do this on purpose. We expect that you are eating other nutritious foods throughout the day, and that taking an excessive amount—or “mega-dosing”— of vitamins and minerals every day for a sustained period can be adverse for your health. 

HELPING OUR COMMUNITY

Our team strongly believes that business can be used as a force for good. We have prioritized partnering with environmental organizations to make the world a better place for future generations. Planting trees, carbon offsets and volunteer work are some of the ways we’ve started to lend a helping hand. As the Kura Tribe grows, we will only continue to expand our philanthropic reach.

Have any questions about our philosophy? Send us your questions and comments, and be sure to stay tuned to our Sourcing Matters Series for more behind-the-scenes scoop!

Keep it real,

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copy Director

Dina's favorite flavor is Chai Spice, check it out here.

 

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Sourcing Matters: The Importance of Prebiotic Fiber in Your Diet

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on Apr 26, 2018 11:44:07 AM

photo: Allen & Robert

 The Sourcing Matters Series highlights and explains the ethical sourcing and benefits of each Kura ingredient. We believe transparency is key in changing the food industry, so we promise to #ownourroots every day.

For our bodies to function at full tilt, we must pay attention to seemingly miniscule parts of our diet. One of these elusive ingredients is prebiotic fiber. We’ve all heard of probiotics, but prebiotics can elicit a question mark. While probiotics are important for gut and overall immune health, prebiotics help probiotic colonies flourish and do their job.

Our VP of Sales, Jen, puts it like this, “Pairing prebiotics with probiotics is the equivalent of sending probiotics into your body with a bagged lunch to keep them full and functioning.” Cute, right? That’s precisely why we’ve paired 5g of acacia prebiotic fiber with 2b CFUs probiotics in our Plant Based Vegan & New Zealand Dairy Wellness Powders.

WHAT’S ACACIA FIBER?

Not all prebiotic fibers are made equal, some can seriously hurt your stomach and send you into gas/diarrhea hell. Nobody's got time for that, so we made sure to choose the right prebiotic fiber. Our acacia prebiotic fiber is carefully sourced from acacia Senegal trees in Saharan Africa. This fiber offers a variety of benefits that will surely make you smile:

  • No flatulence or stomach bloating. Acacia fiber does not have high water retention, so it can float through your intestines without stirring up trouble. Lots of prebiotics on the market can cause almost instantaneous bloat, gas and stomach pain because they have low-gut tolerance. This means they push excessive amounts of water out of your intestines, creating diarrhea and gas. Kura’s prebiotic fiber has high-gut tolerance, so you get all the health benefits without the unruly side effects.
  • Helps your body work harder. Your intestinal flora and fauna can become disturbed when dealing with bouts of stress, antibiotic therapy or infection. Prebiotic fiber in your diet is like having a good guy rooting for your healthy bacteria – it will help the good bacteria flourish and stand up to fight internal battles.
  • Makes our Wellness Powders extra smooth. Not to toot our own horn, but one of Kura’s biggest differences is the smoothness of our powder when mixed into a drink. That’s because acacia prebiotic fiber improves the overall mouthfeel and texture of our Plant Based Vegan and New Zealand Dairy Wellness Powders. 
  • Carefully selected for sustainability and ethics. As if this prebiotic fiber couldn’t get any better, it’s also an important source of income for developing African countries and is harvested without chemicals, solvents or hurting the environment. Acacia fiber is harvested by making a small cut into the bark of an acacia Senegal tree, which allows the gum-like resin to seep out. The sap is hand-harvested, dried and ground into a powder. According to the United Nations, acacia prebiotic fiber is a “promising commodity for producing countries due to its potential to generate foreign exchange, promote sustainable agriculture and forestry, ensure food security and combat desertification and climate change.”

So, don’t forget to pack your probiotics lunch! Include our ethically sourced Wellness Powders into your daily routine knowing you’re doing something for YOU. Have any additional questions on our sourcing or benefits? Give us a shout and be sure to stay tuned for more posts in our Sourcing Matters Series.

Keep it real,

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copy Director

Dina's favorite flavor is Chai Spice, check it out here.

 

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Sourcing Matters: The Cleanest Dairy Protein in the World

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on Apr 19, 2018 2:43:41 PM

 The Sourcing Matters Series highlights and explains the ethical sourcing and benefits of each Kura ingredient. We believe transparency is key in changing the food industry, so we promise to #ownourroots every day.

Dairy protein gets a bad rap in the United States, and rightfully so. Without any federal legislation protecting agricultural animals, there's no guarantee that United States-sourced dairy protein is ethically produced. Even if the label says grass fed, that doesn't necessarily mean the cows that yielded the protein roamed free. Everyone, including cows, deserves better than that. That's why we changed the game with our New Zealand Dairy Wellness Powder, which delivers the cleanest, ethically sourced dairy protein in the world. 

THE SWEET, SWEET KURA DIFFERENCE

Our difference lies in New Zealand, where our pasture raised cows roam free year-round. Because of New Zealand’s 2000+ hours of sunlight per year, these gals get to graze on lush Kura clovers & explore their pasture almost every day. You can trust that these cows are being treated with the respect they deserve, get the deets on our Happy Cow Promise here.

Ethical dairy farming is in our blood as New Zealand is #1 for animal welfare standards, according to the Animal Protection Index. It’s not only our normal to treat animals well, it’s a critical part of New Zealand farming legislation. These laws ensure all farmers are compliant with things like food safety, building regulations, environmental issues & animal welfare standards. Included in these regulations are the Five Freedoms, or the basic rights every animal deserves:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease
  • Freedom from fear and distress
  • Freedom to express normal behavior

The use of antibiotics, hormones and chemicals is illegal in New Zealand, so you can rest easy knowing that our New Zealand Dairy Wellness Powder delivers everything you need and nothing that you don't. Hormone-free, nutrient-rich and higher in CLAs, vitamin E, beta carotene and omega-3s, our unstripped blend of whole milk and whey concentrate delivers a best-in-class amino acid profile. This gives your gut optimum ability to respond, absorb and digest all the goodness. 

Have any questions about what we covered today? Send them my way along with any comments you have!  Also, be sure to stay tuned for additional posts in our Sourcing Matters Series.

Keep it real,

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copy Director

Dina's favorite flavor is Chai Spice, check it out here.

 

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Easy Prep 101: Kura in the Wild

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on Mar 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

photo: adventurous @aaliceinwonderland

We’ve shared a few stories about how Wellness Powder can help you own your adventure. Whether it be a quick and wholesome breakfast or a summit snack, we have you covered.

Today, we will be taking things a step further and sharing exactly how you can easily enjoy Wellness Powder whilst hiking, backpacking, climbing, etc. These recipes are great alternatives to protein/nutrition bars as they have way less sugar (22g of sugar in leading protein bar versus 4-6g naturally occurring sugar in Plant Based Vegan or New Zealand Dairy Wellness Powder), are easy to pack in and out, while also delivering 18g of protein, probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more. Without further ado, here’s what Wellness Powder looks like in the wild:

NO BAKE DIRTY CHAI ENERGY BITES

Meet my new addiction – these are so easy to pop as a snack it’s sometimes hard to stop. You only need 15 minutes to prep these bad boys, you can do it the morning of, the night before or even earlier in the week before your adventure. Throw them in your pack and get exploring!

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE OAT COOKIES

The theme here is EASY – these are better to have prepped a day before your adventure as they take about 30 minutes to firm up in the fridge. Other than that, prep time is about 15 minutes. When you start to feel that midday grumble at camp or on the trail, reach for some no-bake Kura cookie goodness.

WELLNESS POWDER WITH WATER OR FAVORITE BEVERAGE

When I’m backpacking, car camping or hiking, this is how I start my mornings and keep my energy up mid-hike, climb, walk, etc. I pack my Kura signature shaker, water and two travel packets for every day of my adventure. I typically have a Sea Salt Chocolate single-serve travel packet with water in the morning and then another later in the day if I’m feeling hungry. The shaker is compact and can simply be refilled with water once you’re done (this is how I clean it on the go, no mess or hassle). For the fancier folk, you can use a Hydroflask to keep your drink of choice cold (cold brew or almond milk) and enjoy with a travel packet on a summit, trailside, at the crag or when you reach your campsite.

There are so many ways you can easily enjoy Wellness Powder outside, all of which offer wholesome nutrition, little to no mess and most importantly, no hassle or significant added weight to your pack. Check out our recipe blog for some additional inspo and sign up for our newsletter to get the latest Kura in the Wild recipes.

Send us any creative concoctions you bring on the trail for a chance to be featured in our next post!

Keep it real, 

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copy Director

Dina's favorite flavor is Chai Spice, check it out here.

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Surviving Your Period 101

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on Feb 4, 2018 8:29:00 AM

photo: stocksy

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘anything you can do, I can do bleeding'? Exercising, working or simply carrying on with the day, we do it once a month WHILST cramping, menstruating and trying not to spontaneously cry/laugh/smack someone/scream. Ladies – not only does your period affect mood, it has a major effect on your energy levels. During the third or fourth week of your cycle, have you ever noticed this plunge? Ever been in the middle of a workout and just been like, “nah, I’m good”?

Instead of fearing this time of the month, we can actually embrace it, harness it and learn to be more in tune with our bodies when eating and exercising.

OPTIMUM BUTT-KICKING TIME

As you’ve probably felt, the first two weeks of your cycle are when you have the most energy to exercise. These two weeks are the low hormone phase, when estrogen levels are minimal. With that said, this is the best time to focus on strength training and more difficult, performance based exercise. If you’re looking to whip through those tabata classes or hike that 14er, this is your window of opportunity.

EAT FOR POWER

Nutrition also plays a crucial role in your ability to crush during this time. According to the book, ROAR: How to Match Your Food & Fitness to Your Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health & a Strong, Lean Body for Life a structured macronutrient diet helps optimize the natural kick in energy you are already feeling at this time. Macro-whaaa?

Here is a simple breakdown you can follow:

  • Protein: 30-35% of your daily caloric intake (25-30g ideally within 30 minutes of exercise). Think Plant Based Vegan or New Zealand Dairy Wellness Powder.
  • Carbs: This should make up 40-45% of your daily caloric intake. Think whole grains, sweet potatoes, oatmeal.
  • Fats: 30% of your daily caloric intake. Think olive oil, avocados, fish.

CHILL TIME

The last two weeks of your cycle, feel free to take a laid back approach to exercise. At this point, your estrogen levels are starting to peak resulting in decreased energy (AKA motivation for anything other than eating Ben & Jerry’s while binging Netflix).

Be one with your PMS, you’ve already gotten the difficult training of the month out of the way. During this time, your body can feel muscle soreness more acutely. With that said, focus on cardio and restorative type exercises.  Maintaining a nutritious, balanced diet is key at this point in your cycle. Your metabolism is working harder, which is why you might be craving everything under the sun. By sticking with your normal healthy-eating routine, you can stay full and bypass that pizza (save it for the cheat day).

Remember, if you’re feeling a heavy-duty workout in the third week of your cycle, go for it! The point here is just to be aware of what generally physiologically happens during a woman’s cycle and how to plan for it. Do you have a workout schedule that is in line with your cycle? Tells us what’s been working for you!

Keep it real, 

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copy Director

Dina's favorite flavor is Chai Spice, check it out here.

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Kiss Traditional Protein Powder Goodbye, Get Protein With Benefits

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on Feb 3, 2018 1:19:00 PM

A protein and superfood powder that is Mother Nature endorsed, nutritious and yummmm – yea that’s right, you just found the trifecta. Born in rich soil, abundant sunlight and rolling pastures, both our New Zealand Dairy and Plant Based Vegan Wellness Powders are chock full of protein, probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A true wellness wonder, you’re getting the whole package. Shake it, bake it, blend it or freeze it – we’re serving up a nutrition revolution and it’s high time you were in on it. 

MAKES YOU FEEL REVITALIZED

Your rise and grind secret weapon. A complete protein superfood packed with key nutrients and age-defying antioxidants. Wellness Powder may help support healthy brain function, concentration, memory and even mood.

MAKES YOU FEEL RADIANT

Packed with biotin, omega-3s, vitamins and minerals, Wellness Powder supports luscious locks, strong nails and vibrant skin. The cherry on top of a healthy lifestyle, you deserve it.

MAKES YOU FEEL RESTORED

When your digestion is flowing, everything seems right in the world. With probiotics and prebiotics in every serving, Wellness Powder supports healthy digestion amd nutrient absorption.

MAKES YOU FEEL STRONG

Your strength has gotten you this far in life, we intend to take you a step further. Amino acids in protein are the building blocks of muscle and bone. Push harder, farther and longer with a clean and ethically sourced protein.

MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPY

Sassy coworkers, stuck in traffic or just having a plain difficult day? Get ready for your “ahhhh” moment. Enjoy Wellness Powder knowing that you finally did something for YOU. We strive to keep you centered and hope our little bit of goodness goes a long way.

 

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3 Tenets of a Happy Cow

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis on Jan 30, 2018 5:16:00 PM

When you’re hangry at the office would you say you produce your best work? Nope. People need the right conditions to flourish. Cows are no exception – here at Kura, these are our babies, and we strive to establish a purely symbiotic relationship. You can trust that our Happy Cow Promise is more than mere semantics, it’s our lifeblood.

Let Them Run Free!

The OG of humane dairy farming, Kura is proud to call New Zealand home. Grass fed and pasture raised, we ensure our cows are free to frolic to their hearts’ content. Our country is one of the few places in the world where cows can graze year-round, and the only country that gets 2,000+ hours of natural sunlight every year. Cows who have unhindered access to grass and sunlight produce milk with higher levels of omega 3s, CLA fats, Vitamin E & Beta Carotene.

Holistic Lovin’

Look an animal in the eye, and you will see its soul. Cows are sentient beings, they FEEL.  Their emotional well-being is just as much a part of their health. We forge a deep bond with our cows based on respect, love and compassion.  Yes, we all need food to function, but what’s life without some lovin’? 

1-On-1 Attention 

Our pastures are the Om of the farming world.  Our furry friends roam free, the farmers know each cow by name and provide the one-on-one attention they deserve. We know their personalities, their preferences, their patterns, and their emotions (it’s adorable, I know).

Each cow dons a lightweight collar so that we can track their heart rate and blood pressure and quickly identify whenever they’re stressed or unhappy (which is rare!). Our constant care allows us to tap into their well-being 24/7. Whether it’s 2 a.m. or 2 p.m., our farmers immediately come out to the pasture to see why the animal may be in distress and comfort them back to good health. This process has generated a deep and trusting bond between animal and farmer.

Other than being the right thing, tracking their well-being in this way is important to us because it reduces the amount of stress hormones in our dairy products, which can affect us as consumers on a physiological level.

Plain and simple, all animals deserve to be happy. Kura will always be a steward of goodness for our furry friends.

Keep it real, 

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copywriter

Dina's favorite flavor is Chai, check it out here.

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