[From what I’ve come across] the #1 reason most people are opposed to going vegan – or even just dairy-free for that matter – is cheese! Yep, cheese! But what if there was a plant-based cheese that tasted just as good, if not even better than the real stuff?! Would that be a game changer? Well thanks to Kite Hill, it has happened – and it is!
For Moms, Moms-to-be & Babies 9 Months+*
Kite Hill is the first – and only – company to create plant-based foods using time honored techniques. In fact, they’ve figured out how to make buttery fresh ricotta, aged nut milk delicacies, creamy almond milk yogurt, fantastic entrées and more — all out of fresh nut milk.
What started off with the belief that the best part of eating is the togetherness of a shared meal, the founders of Kite Hill wanted to create products that everyone can enjoy, whether eating a dairy-free diet or just curious about a healthier lifestyle.
After assembling a team who was able to figure out how to use traditional cheese-making techniques but using nut milk, instead of milk from an animal, they realized that the options were endless. Now, Kite Hill offers a variety of delicious products including artisan delicacies, nut milk yogurts, dairy free probiotic drinks, and ravioli, all of which are plant-based and oh-so delicious!
Everything Kite Hill makes comes from artisan almond milk, and is cultured using traditional cheese making methods. Furthermore, they only source non-GMO almonds from the San Joaquin Valley and do not use any artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners in any of their products. All of Kite Hill’s products are also soy and dairy free, and most of them are gluten free – although their Ravioli is made using a wheat pasta that does contain gluten.
*Since all of Kite Hill’s products are made without dairy, babies younger than 1-year can safely consume them. In fact, their Unsweetened Yogurt is a great food to introduce to your littles. However, I would avoid the flavored yogurts for as long as possible since they do contain quite a bit of sugar, and kids don’t need added sugar in their diets. Instead, opt for adding your own fruit or berries to them. The other products by Kite Hill can also be introduced to young toddlers. Just remember that all of their products do contain tree nuts (almonds), so if anyone in your family is allergic, please make sure they do not consume these products.
Developed by three co-founders, the resume behind Kite Hill is truly amazing! Here is a little bit about these three men:
1) TAL RONNEN, CO-FOUNDER
Tal Ronnen, executive chef of LA’s Crossroads restaurant and author of the New York Times bestseller The Conscious Cook, became known nationwide as the chef who prepared the meals for Oprah Winfrey’s 21-day cleanse. He made his culinary mark at a number of high-profile events; he has catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s wedding, Arianna Huffington’s party at the Democratic National Convention, and a U.S. Senate dinner. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Tal also conducts master vegetarian workshops for students and staff at Le Cordon Bleu campuses nationwide, and is the consulting chef of LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto and a collaborating chef at The Wynn and Encore hotels in Las Vegas.
2) MONTE CASINO, CO-FOUNDER
Whether from behind the stove or behind the lectern, Monte has dedicated himself to the creation of fine foods for over two decades. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Monte has worked in the kitchens of esteemed chefs like Lydia Shire, Jodi Adams, and Wolfgang Puck. Most recently, he dedicated himself to teaching his passion for blending classical culinary technique with scientific innovation. He worked as an instructor at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, then at Le Cordon Bleu in Boston where he taught artisan cheese-making, bread baking, and molecular gastronomy.
3) DR. PATRICK BROWN, CO-FOUNDER
Pat is the founder of Impossible Foods and a co-founder of Lyrical Foods, maker of Kite Hill foods. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and biochemistry professor at Stanford, Pat led a team that developed the first methods for analyzing, visualizing and interpreting global gene expression programs. He has also been a leader in making scientific and medical research results freely available to the public; he co-founded the nonprofit publisher, Public Library of Science (better known as PLoS). Pat is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine and recipient of the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor.
Most of their products cost around $5.99. Their single serve yogurts are around $1.99/each.
WHERE TO BUY:
Kite Hill is available at Whole Foods stores nationwide, and other fine retailers around the U.S. To find the location nearest you, please visit their Store Locator.
Whether you are looking for an artisanal cheese for your dinner party, a cream cheese style spread on your gluten-free bagel, or a plate of ricotta-filled ravioli to impress guests, Kite Hill truly makes the best. And this is whether you are a full-on dairy lover or have been vegan for years! They also make some of the creamiest and best tasting dairy-free yogurts that I’ve ever had – all of which are carrageenan free!
So go ahead and try one – or all – of Kite Hill products today, because it’s those small steps that make healthy living a lifestyle, so why not take one now?!
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