Hemp is what many health enthusiasts have come to call as a superfood. This amazing plant does wonders for the human body as it is overflowing with essential nutrients. That said, I cannot help but recommend that you introduce it to your regular diet. To help you with that goal, I have put together this hemp protein smoothie guide.
Presented here are a couple of easy-to-follow hemp protein smoothie recipes. Not only are these drinks incredibly healthy, but they also serve as perfectly tasty snacks. This article also delves deeper into the purported health benefits of hemp.
What is Hemp?
Before anything else, we should discuss what Hemp is. Most people think that marijuana and hemp are the same. This only shows that there are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation surrounding this plant. So, we must clear the air and answer the basic question: what is hemp?
Hemp is a type of cannabis Sativa plant species. However, unlike marijuana, it does not have THC – the compound responsible for the latter’s intoxicating effects. While traces of THC can be found in hemp seeds, at 0.3% it is so inconsequential that it is not enough to have any effect on a person.
Hemp has other things in abundance though – amino acids and proteins. To be more precise, it contains all 21 known variations of amino acids, including the 9 kinds which the human body cannot produce, as well as easily digestible proteins like edestin and albumin. Aside from that, it is also rich in essential fatty acids like omega 3, omega 6, and phytosterols which help fight bad cholesterol.
These proteins, along with amino acids, are crucial to the performance of basic bodily functions. Not only is it vital in building new cells, but it is also crucial to tissue repair. The fatty acids also help enhance your energy levels while strengthening your body’s immune system.
For all its benefits, it is clear why health buffs tend to call Hemp a superfood.
Hemp Protein Smoothie Recipes
While there are several different ways to add hemp into your regular diet, I highly recommend that you do so by making it a prime ingredient in your smoothie routine. After all, smoothies are not only tasty treats, they are also the most efficient way to deliver nutrients to your body.
Presented here are just a couple that we swear by. Just remember to always use frozen fruits when making these smoothies for optimal results.
Peanut Butter Hemp Smoothie
This smoothie is perfect if you are looking to switch to a healthier diet while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Pay attention to how the banana, vegetables, peanut butter, and hemp protein powder play off each other’s flavor. You will immediately notice this smoothie tastes exactly like dessert. However, there is a stark difference: this drink is good for you.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons of Hemp Protein Powder
As a side note, if you are looking to decrease your sugar intake, then you may choose to use 1 frozen banana instead of two, then compensate by adding a cup of ice for additional consistency. Once everything is assembled, put all the ingredients into your preferred blender. Blend the mixture until it turns smooth. Drink immediately.
Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie
This next recipe is perfect if you are looking for a vegan and gluten-free way to enjoy a hemp smoothie. It is also free of any oils and refined sugar, so you know it is incredibly healthy. Designed to help you cool down, this creamy chocolate hemp smoothie is best enjoyed ice-cold. To make it, you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 3 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds
- 2-3 pitted large dates
- 1 large banana,
- 2 cups of almond milk
- A quarter teaspoon of cinnamon
To make the smoothie, simply add all your ingredients into the high-speed blender. Make sure that the mixture is incredibly smooth before you stop blending. This recipe makes around 3 and a half cups of smoothies which should be enough for 2 servings.
High-Protein Hemp Smoothie
A high-protein recipe for a hemp smoothie may seem redundant but this is exactly what we have here. Pairing Hemp with other superfood spinach, pear, and banana produces a stellar drink that is incredibly cheap and delicious. Here is the recipe you need to follow:
- 240 ml of water
- A frozen banana
- A pear with the core removed
- A Handful of spinach
- A tablespoon of ground almonds
- Two scoops of hemp protein powder
This smoothie is a complete meal. The combination of ingredients brings everything together and rounds out the Hemp’s flavor which may be otherwise overwhelming. Instead of having to deal with the earthy flavors of hemp, you are treated to a smoothie that is sweet delicious.
Matcha Hemp Smoothie
One of the best parts of making smoothies is discovering unexpected flavor combinations. This Matcha and Hemp smoothie combination undoubtedly delivers on that front. It gave me a culinary surprise when I tried it for the first time.
This recipe not only gives you the health benefits that you expect from a hemp smoothie, but it also helps satisfy your caffeine cravings. The fact that this recipe is vegan-friendly only serves as icing on top. To make this, you’ll be needing the following ingredients:
- Two tablespoons of hemp protein powder
- Two teaspoons of Matcha tea powder
- A frozen avocado
- Half-cup of cubed pineapple
- One and a half cups of coconut milk
- Hemp seeds
Blend everything in a jug except for the hemp seeds. Once the mixture is nice and thick, you can put the hemp seeds on top as a garnish and as an additional source of protein. This recipe is good for 1 serving and contains 320kcal.
Hemp Protein Smoothie: Final Thoughts
As one of the greatest superfoods out there today, we highly recommend that you incorporate Hemp into your regular diet. With that in mind, this article gave you a couple of easy and healthy hemp protein smoothie recipes. Needless to say, you should give these try yourself.