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Source Organic Whey in the News

May 27 2015

Check out our best selling product's mention on Gear Patrol: http://gearpatrol.com/2015/05/22/best-sports-nutrition-products/

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How is Source Organic Whey Protein Made?

January 02 2015
Tagged in January 2015 , research and information
Rumiano Cheese CompanyWhat makes Source Organic Whey stand out to compared to other organic whey proteins? The name says it all. How we SOURCE our whey is the most important part. Unlike other organic whey proteins we tell our customer exactly where our whey comes from. We work directly with the family owned and operated Rumiano Cheese Company and the local dairies in and surrounding Crescent City California.  The pastures, soil, and weather in and around Crescent City make for arguably the best dairy farming conditions in the United States. With well over 300 days/year of green pastures, these cows are truly pasture fed.

Milk from the family dairies arrives at the Rumiano Cheese factory and is heated in large vats to meet FDA pasteurization requirements. There is NO raw organic whey  due to FDA limitations and feasibility of production.

Renin and cultures specific to the cheese being made are added to the vat of milk. Once the curd is set the curds are cut and the liquid whey is filtered out of the vats and into the whey processing plant. The cheese curds are then pressed into block or rounds of cheese.

The liquid whey is passed through a series of filters which filter the solid whey particles form the liquid. When nearly all the water is removed the whey is sprayed into a drying container which fills directly into large bags. The large bags become smaller bags of Source Organic Classic Whey.

For Source Organic, the whey is blended with less than 1% organic sunflower lecithin which coats each particle of whey to allow the whey to dissolve more easily in water.

From farm to you we have the shortest distance of farm fresh milk to whey.

Many thanks to the cows, farmers, and the Rumiano family.

Thanks for reading!
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Raw Whey and Raw Dairy? Can I or Should I Buy Raw Whey Protein?

December 22 2014
Tagged in December 2014 , research and information

We are often asked if Source Organic Whey Protein is raw? What is truly raw whey protein? First let’s define "raw."

It is generally accepted that raw food that is not heated above 117 degrees (48 degrees Celsius). The term raw is often used in the natural and organic food industry but there is NO industry certification for raw, each company that claims their product is raw does so on their own accord. Many companies use what I would consider deceptive wording to infer their products are raw. For example, Raw Organic Whey, would lead me to believe that their whey protein is raw and organic. Raw Organic Whey is NOT raw, although they do not make this clear on their website. Where does Raw Organic Whey come from?  There is no information on sourcing and we know from this post that USDA organic does not mean that the whey is necessarily from the US or that the cows are pasture fed.

So what if you want raw organic whey? There are no companies producing raw organic whey protein. Unfortunately there is no process currently available that would allow for large scale, safe, repeatable production of raw organic whey protein. Selling raw organic whey online would be ILLEGAL per FDA regulations. Agree with this or not, it is the law.

The only way to get raw whey would be to start with raw milk and separate the curds and whey, this would result in a raw liquid whey, which then could theoretically be dried into a powder (below 117 degrees). Remember, to produce 1 lb of whey protein you need 100 lbs of liquidwhey. For a DIY delicious and fun raw cheese and raw whey recipe try this.

So how is Source Organic Whey made? Check out our next post!

Thanks for reading!

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What Does USDA Organic Mean? What is Organic Whey?

December 17 2014
Tagged in December 2014 , research and information

Today there are many organic whey proteins available. When Source Organic Whey Protein started in 2011 there were less than 5 brands in the US and I knew where and how each one was produced. Currently there are many brands of organic whey protein, and few if any brands are transparent in where they source their organic whey protein. So how does a consumer know where their whey is coming from?

The USDA Organic standard defines the following in regards to organic agriculture: "standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives."

The USDA Organic Seal on a whey protein DOES NOT tell you: 

  1. Where your whey protein comes from. Many organic whey protein companies now buy from huge dairy conglomerates overseas and don't know anything about how the cows are fed or raised. 
  1. What the dairy cows eats on a daily basis. The USDA clearly defines what the cows can't eat to meet organic standards, but what they do eat varies greatly. Very few organic-dairy cows get to graze on nice green pastures 300+ days/year like our dairy cows. To raise and care for cows the right way, big companies wouldn't be able to get the margins they need. And since they are all about margins, only the minimum organic standards are met in the most cases. 
  1. How the farmers take care of their animals. The American Humane Association goes beyond the USDA guidelines and sets a higher standard for animal care and wellbeing. Source Organic is the only whey protein certified by the American Humane Association.

In conclusion, ask some questions! Look at the organic whey protein brands and see if you can trace exactly, all the way to THE FARM where your organic whey comes from.  At Source Organic you can! We know our farmers and are proud to work with them!

Thank you for reading! 

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Source Organic Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

December 15 2014
Tagged in baked goods , December 2014 , recipes

source organic peanut butter protein cookiesTake a look at this great recipe below that uses Source Organic's new Peanut Butter Protein. Source Organic isn't just about the best organic whey protein anymore!

As always, feel free to send in you favorite recipes to possibly get featured on our blog!

COOKIES:
2 cups zucchini, shredded and thoroughly patted dry
1 cup 0% greek yogurt
4 scoops Source Organic Peanut Butter Protein
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup oat flour
2 heaping tbsp. peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Small pinch of salt
Chocolate chips to taste

Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm, then bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
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Source Organic Whey - Protein Pumpkin Bread

November 28 2014
Tagged in baked goods , Gluten-free , November 2014 , recipes

protein pumpkin breadOne of Source Organic's fans, Juniper Stokes, sent in an amazing recipe using Source Organic's organic whey protein. Take a look at the great recipe below, and feel free to send us recipes that you think we'd like to share!

Ingredients
Makes 1 loaf, 8 servings

1 cup gluten-free flour mix
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 sticks butter, softened
1 egg
a little more than 1/2 15-ounce can 100% pure pumpkin
4 scoops Source Organic Whey (42 grams of protein)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease 1 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pan. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, whey, and spices in a bowl; use a whisk to mix well and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until just blended. Add egg, beating well. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in flour mixture until combined.

Turn batter into prepared pan and bake for about 65 – 75 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool for about 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving:

  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Carbs: 13.5 grams
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 16 grams

http://www.juniperstokes.com/food-and-recipes/protein-pumpkin-bread/

Here are some other great recipes to try out:

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Source Organic Vanilla Peanut Butter Almond Smoothie

November 19 2014
Tagged in November 2014 , recipes , smoothies


organic protein smoothieWe have a great new recipe that incorporates Source Organic's new Peanut Butter Protein. This smoothie is a great way to get a boost in the morning with a ton of essential vitamins and nutrients. If you're looking for a little extra protein boost, it never hurts to add a scoop of Source Organic Whey to your blender.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup spinach
2 frozen bananas
1 apple, cored
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
2 scoops Source Organic Peanut Butter Protein 
(Optional) 1 scoop Source Organic Whey

Combine, Blend, and Enjoy!

Take a look at some of our other recipes here:

Pear and Banana Protein Smoothie

Banana and Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Protein Smoothie

CLAs and a Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie Recipe

Spiced Raspberry-Pear Organic Protein Smoothie

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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Source Organic Whey on Breakfast Television Toronto!

November 14 2014
Tagged in november 2014 , source organic news

We're super excited that Harley Pasternak brought a bag of Source Organic Whey with him to Breakfast Television Toronto today! Take a look at the clip below for a couple great recipes and Harley's new blender that will be coming to stores in the US very soon.

Source Organic Whey is happy to be a great way to start the day!

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September Smoothie of the Month - Pear and Banana Protein Smoothie

September 29 2014
Tagged in recipes , september 2014 , smoothies

source organic whey protein smoothieHere's a great way to start the day with delicious seasonal fruit, organic whey protein, and spinach. By adding Source Organic Whey you get over 20 grams of grass-fed protein and know that there is no better whey on the market.

Ingredients:

- 1 asian pear
- 1 frozen banana (sliced)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop Source Organic Whey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
- 1/2 cup spinach (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.

Take a look at some of our other recipes here:
Banana and Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Protein Smoothie
CLAs and a Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie Recipe

Spiced Raspberry-Pear Organic Protein Smoothie
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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New Breakfast Smoothie From Harley Pasternak

September 21 2014
Tagged in recipes , september 2014 , smoothies

source organic whey breakfast smoothieTake a look below for a great way to start the day with over 30 grams of protein. Using just one scoop of Source
Organic Whey, your breakfast can be quick, easy, and delicious.

INGREDIENTS

1 scoop Source Organic Whey
5 raw almonds
1 red apple
1 banana
3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender. (Depending on how powerful your blender is, you may need to chop the apple and almonds into small pieces before blending.)

Blend on medium-high for 30 seconds (or until desired consistency).

Take a look at some of our other recipes here:
CLAs and a Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie Recipe

Spiced Raspberry-Pear Organic Protein Smoothie
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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