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Source Organic Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

December 15 2014

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!

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.

Source Organic Whey - Protein Pumpkin Bread

November 28 2014

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!

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)


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

Here are some other great recipes to try out:

Source Organic Vanilla Peanut Butter Almond Smoothie

November 19 2014

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.

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

Source Organic Whey on Breakfast Television Toronto!

November 14 2014

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!

September Smoothie of the Month - Pear and Banana Protein Smoothie

September 29 2014

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.


- 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

New Breakfast Smoothie From Harley Pasternak

September 21 2014

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.


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


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

Harley Pasternak: What You Should Know About Whey

August 14 2014

Source Organic Whey's global brand ambassador, Harley Pasternak, just put out a great article about the benefits of whey protein. In it he included an amazing kiwi-strawberry smoothie recipe as well.

Take a look:

Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.

Do you recall the nursery rhyme that began, “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey”? You may have never wondered what whey was, or even a tuffet, for that matter (it’s basically a footstool). But whey, the byproduct of making cheese or yogurt and a superb source of protein, has hit the big time. Here’s whey, er, why:

Liquid assets. Whey is slightly more absorbent than eggs, often referred to as the perfect protein and considerably more ‘perfect’ than soy, bean or rice protein powder. Separated from the curds formed in the cheese-making process, whey starts as a thin translucent liquid, often used in protein drinks and bars. Making whey is a time-consuming process and the result spoils quickly.

Take a powder. Whey protein powder is easy to use in shakes or smoothies. Or add it to fruit, cottage cheese or homemade baked goods for a protein punch. In addition to protein, whey is also full of vitamins C, B and E, as well as calcium, copper, iron and other minerals.

Whey to go. Whey protein can enhance athletic performance and help build muscle as a result of its high amino acid content (the building blocks of protein). It’s also credited with reducing high cholesterol and assisting in weight loss. As you know, I believe in building meals around protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates. When you don’t have time to grill a chicken breast, poach salmon or even scramble eggs, whey steps up to the plate as a suitable protein provider.

When shopping for whey powder, consider these factors:

  • Whey protein isolate or whey protein concentrate? The former removes most of the lactose (milk sugar) and fat, meaning most lactose-intolerant individuals can handle it. Whey protein concentrate, however, is simply dehydrated whey, and contains more fat and lactose than protein.
  • Organic or conventional? Whey products made from organic milk contain no growth hormones or antibiotic residue.
  • GMO-free or not? Whey from the milk of grass-fed cows contains no GMO residues, unlike animals raised on GMO grains.
  • Sweetened or not? Instead of protein powders sweetened with sugar or substitutes, I prefer unsweetened whey. The fruit you’ll add to smoothies or shakes supplies natural sweetness without empty calories.
  • Flavored or plain? Rather than buying vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or whatever powder, go with the basic powder and add your own natural flavors.
  • Heat processed or cold processed? When protein is heated — a process called denaturing — it can make the amino acids less bioavailable. Whey dried without heat leaves the protein intact.

There are many brands out there, so stick to one that is labeled 100% Whey and doesn’t sport any unrecognizable ingredients on its label. My personal favorite is Source Organic Whey, which is unflavored, unsweetened and contains no coloring agents. You can find it on Amazon and at many Whole Foods and all Sprouts Farmers Markets.

Try this related recipe adapted from one in my book The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days. It’s a great whey (sorry — I had to) to start the day!

Kiwi-Strawberry Smoothie
Serves 1

2 cups baby arugula (or spinach or watercress)
2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
5 fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped
1 frozen banana, chopped
2 tablespoons whey protein powder
½ cup nonfat milk or plain unsweetened almond or soy milk
Ice cubes

1. Combine all the ingredients except the milk and ice in a blender or food processor. Pulse until combined.
2. Add milk or milk substitute and blend.
3. Add ice cubes and pulse until desired consistency.

Super Green Organic Whey Protein Pancakes

July 21 2014

Take a look at these great panckakes packed with spinach, protein and seeds/nuts. We have our friends over at Clean Eating & Focused Training to thank for this recipe.



Green Protein Pancakes:

2 big handfuls of spinach

1/2 c milk

1/2 egg whites

1 1/2 cups of oats

1 tsp baking powder

1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)

2 scoops of Source Organic Whey

1/2 c walnuts

3 tablespoons flax seeds

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 c blueberries (or more)




In a large food processor: Puree spinach, milk, egg whites, oats, baking powder, agave nectar and protein until batter is smooth. Stir in nuts/seeds and blueberries. Cook on a griddle or in a pan on low heat for 2-3 minutes each side. Enjoy!


Here are some other great recipes to try out:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Organic Whey Protein Bar

July 18 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Organic Whey Protein BarsOur friends over at Clean Eating & Focused Training put together a great recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Organic Whey Protein Bars.

The recipe is below but be sure to check out their website for great recipes and training tips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

2 c toasted oats

1 1/4 c peanut butter

1c (approx 4 scoops) of Source Organic whey protein

1/2 c honey

1/2 c applesauce

2 tbsp melted Kelapo coconut oil

2 tablespoons flax seeds

2 tablespoons TruVibe Organics chia seeds

3 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate


Preheat oven to 350. Toast oats for about 10 minutes on a cookie sheet. Allow oats to cool. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick parchment paper. Press the dough into the cookie sheet, or use a rolling pin until it is all fairly even. It should only take up a half of a cookie sheet! Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Make sure you don’t over do them! They burn very easily!


Here are some other great recipes to try out:



What’s the difference between the Non-GMO Project and USDA Certified Organic?

June 17 2014


In a nutshell, the Non-GMO Project goes the extra mile to ensure that all Non-GMO Project Verified foods have never been exposed to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The description below runs through the possibility of cross contamination in crops and feed, and how the National Organic Program has great guidelines, but only the Non-GMO Project is testing to confirm there are no GMOs present.

Source Organic Whey Protein is proud to be the only Non-GMO Project Verified organic whey protein, and we have the great people at Rumiano Cheese Company and their local dairy farms to thank.

While the National Organic Program (NOP) identifies genetic modification as an excluded method, GMOs are not listed as a prohibited substance. This means that although GMO seeds are not supposed to be planted and GMO ingredients are not supposed to be used, no testing is required to show whether any GMO cross-pollination or contamination has occurred. These rules were established at a time when GMOs were in limited production and neither cross-pollination nor contamination was a significant risk. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Genetically modified varieties now make up the majority of key commodity crops in North America such as corn, soy, and canola. As such, cross-pollination from GMO crops and GMO contamination of non-GMO seeds, ingredients, and products is a real risk, even for certified organic products. The good news is that the NOP has excellent guidelines for traceability and segregation, and the Non-GMO Project is designed to honor the work that certified organic companies are already doing, with the added measure of testing risk ingredients at critical control points.

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