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10 Amazing Powdered Food Products You Never Knew Existed

10 Amazing Powdered Food Products You Never Knew Existed

“Cue the Crickets” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Silence Anymore – It May Mean Dinner’s On!

What’s more straightforward than adding a scoop of powder to your morning smoothie to enjoy on the go? Keep some of the following powdered food products in your drawer at the office. They offer a healthy and convenient alternative to unhealthy vending machine snacks.

We’re willing to bet that you’ll be surprised about the variety of powdered food products available on the market today.

Powdered food products:

  • Are more convenient
  • Take up less storage space
  • Last longer than their fresh counterparts. They’re perfect for the busy person on the go.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is high in healthy fats, low in carbs, and high in protein. Now it’s become even more versatile. Use it in smoothies or to add flavour to your yogurt or oatmeal. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try some in your coffee?

Cocoa Powder

If you’re a chocoholic, we don’t need to convince you of the health benefits of chocolate. If you want the nutrient boost without the extra fat and sugar of a chocolate bar, use cocoa powder instead. Use it to liven up your chia seed porridge in the morning, add to coffee, or add to your smoothie.

Cocoa powder is one cheat that you can enjoy without the guilt.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a staple in most refrigerators. Plain yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium. It also has a relatively short shelf-life. The big tubs are more economical, but they’re also more likely to end up going sour before you’re finished with them.

Powdered yogurt might be the best thing since sliced bread. It’s perfect for taking on a camping trip – all you need to do is to add water, and it’s ready. It’s also a great way to add extra flavour to sauces, dressings and dips.

Kale

Let’s take a quick poll here. Who likes the taste of kale? It gives new meaning to the word superfood. It’s packed with nutrients and is an excellent source of Vitamin K. If you battle to choke it down, though, get the powdered version.

Add it to smoothies to disguise the flavour and get the full benefit.

Honey

We love the sticky stuff, but it’s messy. The powdered version is simple to dispense and provides a range of possibilities for popcorn and nuts.

Fruit and Veggies

Green powders offer an easy way for you to supplement your five a day. No peeling or prep required.

Milk

Milk – you either love it or hate it. There’s no denying that it provides a quick boost of energy, though. Powdered milk is making a comeback. (If you’re old enough, you’ll remember hating it as a child.) For adults, it’s quite convenient, especially if you like hiking or camping.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds offer protein and tons of fibre. That is if you can put up with the slimy texture. If you can’t don’t miss out – choose the powdered variety instead.

Brazil nuts

When you don’t have the time to crack open a few brazil nuts, get the benefits by adding them in powder form instead.

Crickets

Bugs are showing promise as one of the top protein sources. There are even those who suggest them as a more environmentally friendly substitute for beef. Now, what they’d be like on the barbecue we can’t say. But adding them to a morning smoothie makes them more palatable.

What is SQF Certification?

What is SQF Certification?

If You Care about Your Food Products, Shouldn’t You Care About the Quality of How They’re Handled?

If you’ve just started in the food industry, you might ask, “What is an SQF Certification?” In this post, we’ll answer that question. We’ll also provide some details of what the standards are.

What is an SQF certification?

SQF stands for safe, quality food. It’s an internationally recognized system designed and administered by the SQF Institute.  The institute sets the standards for companies in the foodservice industry. They’re designed to keep food production and preparation safe.

What are SQF standards?

These are standards put in place to ensure that companies manage food safety risks appropriately. A company may apply for certification as a way to assure clients that they are practicing good hygiene and handling food correctly.

Basic food hygiene, like workers washing their hands before handling the food, make the world safer for all of us.

What are the SQF Levels?

There are three levels in total:

  • Level 1: This applies in cases where there are fewer risks, and it is the most basic level.
  • Level 2: Here, they set more rigorous standards. GFSI has created the benchmarks. Level 2 is a food safety plan that is HACCP certified.
  • Level 3: This is the highest standard and includes the same processes as Level 2. It’s a more comprehensive application of the rules.

The SQF Institute publishes the full list of codes here.

Why is SQF certification important?

There are several reasons why it’s so important. Let’s go over these.

It Helps You Manage Your Risk

Companies today are held accountable for any negligence in production. Being held accountable is especially important when it comes to food. This certification ensures that your company is effectively managing the risks associated with food.

It’s Essential if You Want to Expand Your Business

If you’ve been considering licensing your brand or expanding your market, it’s essential to be compliant. If you want to work with more prominent brands, certification is critical.

Your Customers Expect It

One out of four companies who are certified expects their suppliers to get certified as well. Can you afford to lose a quarter of your clients?

New Regulations will Make it Essential

Governments are changing their regulations concerning food safety. They’re becoming a lot stricter. Getting certified now will help you meet the new requirements.

What is the difference between GFSI and SQF?

SQF is the standard set by one institute. GFSI is a network made up of many manufacturers and retailers. This organization determines what the basic benchmarks are when it comes to food safety.

There are several food safety certifications out there. The GFSI helps to set the basic standards for all of those. They’ll also monitor the different standards bodies to ensure that they’re meeting the minimum food safety requirements.

The standards body certifies your company. The GFSI ensures that the standards are in line.

Final Notes

These food safety standards are imperative in dealing with the risks of handling food. Without them in place, we’d have no way of ensuring that suppliers were hygienically handling the food.