Kite Hill Aims To Increase Protein In Plant-Based Dairy Products With New Product Launch
One of the main complaints of herbal products is the lack of protein, as many alternative products do not live up to the product they are trying to replicate. The average American actually consumes double the amount of protein needed, so it’s no surprise that we are so obsessed with the protein content of plant-based alternatives. A plant-based company, Kite Hill, recently launched new yogurt products with increased protein content.
Kite Hill recently launched four new flavors of high protein yogurt; strawberry, blueberry, vanilla and nature. Yogurt is made from an almond milk base and contains 10 to 12 grams of protein (depending on flavor) from added soy isolate. Additionally, the company has added a new flavor to its line of dips, a spicy queso (not a high protein product), and its main ingredients are cultured almond milk and coconut oil.
When Kite Hill offered to send me samples of their protein-rich yogurts and queso, I admit I was a little skeptical. A non-dairy protein yogurt I tried recently was grainy. Catherine Lamb, a former writer for The Spoon, tried Ripple’s high protein Greek yogurt and was not a fan.
I’m happy to report that none of the flavors in Kite Hill yogurt had a grainy texture or bad taste. Each of the flavors had a creamy texture and the tangy flavor that yogurt should have. Normally I don’t choose flavored yogurts because of their high sugar content, but each fruit flavor contained 5 grams of sugar.
The non-dairy queso had a very thick texture straight out of the refrigerator. The instructions on the package stated that the queso should be heated for 30 seconds in the microwave. After being heated, it had the familiar gooey, runny texture of traditional queso. It had a deliciously spicy kick and went well with fries and drizzled with tacos and black beans.
It’s unclear how many alternative yogurts and cheese products are now available on the market, and some are certainly better than others. Lavva uses pili nuts to produce a creamy, tangy plant-based yogurt. The Collaborative raised $ 7 million last year to expand its coconut-based yogurt. There are also other brands that produce vegan yogurt like Forager, So Delicious, Cocojune, Oatly, Harmless Harvest, and Daiya. Bigger companies like Chobani and Yoplait have even stepped up in recent years to offer herbal options.
As for the vegan queso, there are a few others on the market. Loca Food produces a delicious non-dairy queso made from potatoes. Siete and Mother Raw are two other companies also competing in this space.
Despite the number of alternative options available on retail shelves, I would probably repurchase Kite Hill High Protein Yogurt if I saw it in stores. I don’t usually buy a queso, but I think a queso lover who eschews dairy would appreciate this product. The 5.3 oz individual protein yogurts cost $ 1.99, while the 16 oz. jar of plain yogurt costs $ 5.99. The 8-ounce queso jar costs. $ 4.99, and all products are available in Whole Foods and Sprouts nationwide.