Plus five ways to use it (beyond your smoothie).
By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
A new type of protein powder is about to hit the market, and it’s going to be a total game changer: A brand called Noosh has developed the first ever almond protein powder.
One scoop of the plain, unsweetened version of the non-GMO verified product (the only ingredient is “almond protein powder”) provides a whopping 21 grams of protein; 8 grams of carb, 5 of which are dietary fiber; 3 grams of healthful fat; 20% of your daily calcium needs and 10% of your iron need. All for 120 calories total.
The powder is a much more concentrated source of protein than whole almonds. One ounce of almonds (about 22 nuts), for example, only provides 6 grams of protein, along with 6 grams of carb (3.5 of which are fiber), and 14 grams of fat—for 163 calories. The new powder is also different from almond flour (or almond meal), which is made from whole ground almonds. A quarter cup portion of the flour contains 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of carb (with 2 as fiber), 10 grams of fat, and 160 calories.
Almond protein powder is an excellent plant-based, grain-free option, and a good alternative for those who need or want to avoid soy protein and whey protein (dairy). What’s more, Noosh’s production process generates less waste: It involves extracting the nut’s natural oil to create the first U.S. branded virgin almond oil.
I predict that before long, we’ll see almond protein powder popping up in a number of protein-bolstered products—from bars to baked goods, and everything in between. When I whipped the powder into a smoothie, it added a silky texture and hint of nutty flavor, with no chalkiness or grittiness. But it’s way too versatile to only use in smoothies. Here are five simple and satisfying recipes—all gluten-free and vegan—that I developed using the plain version of Noosh’s almond protein powder.