Strawberry Hemp Seed Smoothie
I’ve been so into chia seeds lately that I kind of forgot about hemp seeds until last month’s Expo West. Hemp was everywhere! Apparently it’s still a hot food trend, and for good reason: hemp seeds do offer great nutritional bang for your buck.
A little more on hemp seeds…
What are they?
Hemp seeds are in the seed/nut family, and have a nutty flavor and crunchy texture, kind of like flax or chia.
What’s so healthy about hemp?
Hemp seeds are a great plant source of protein and healthy fat, and are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Some people claim to have more energy and improved digestion after adding hemp seeds to their diet (probably because of the fiber, protein, and healthy fat content).
Should I start eating hemp?
If you’re a vegetarian or just trying to eat more plant-based proteins, give hemp seeds a try. They are especially good for people who like to sprinkle a little crunch on top of their yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal or salads. Definitely worth working into your nut & seed rotation.
Are there any reasons not to eat hemp?
Like all nuts and seeds, hemp seeds are a dense source of calories and fat. Two tablespoons has about 85 calories and 7 grams of fat (the heart-healthy kind of fat), so while they are healthy, I don’t recommend you sprinkle hemp seeds on everything you eat. But if you replace some of the less-healthy fats in your diet with any nuts/seeds – hemp included – you’ll be doing your body a favor.
What can I do with these little seeds?
Sprinkle them on yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and salad. Add them to granola, baked goods, or bread. Here are tons of delicious and unique recipe ideas using hemp.
Most recently I made a super creamy Strawberry Hemp Seed Smoothie (pictured above) that I now can’t get enough of. Make this with any type of frozen berry you like!
The perfect way to enjoy the creamy, nutty flavor of hemp seeds!
8 Tasty & Healthy Hemp Protein Powder Recipes
Protein powder. That’s the stuff that comes in big tubs and is used by muscle men in the gym, right? Wronggg. With the rise of vegan and vegetarian diets (which we at Good Hemp are all here for, by the way) protein is becoming ever more important. We all need enough of it to ensure our bodies have the power to perform healthy cell growth and repair.
And guess what? Hemp protein powder is one of the very best options out there. It’s easy to digest (unlike soya), it’s vegan (unlike whey) and is a complete source of protein, which means it contains all 20 amino acids (including the 9 that your body can’t produce itself). And you don’t have to be a gym bunny to make the most of it. You can down it in a shake before a HIIT class if that’s your style, but hemp protein is just as effective – and even more delicious – when baked into a batch of brownies. Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite way of making hemp protein powder recipes and tag us on Instagram @GoodHemp.
1. Hemp Protein in Smoothies and Shakes
Okay, so this is perhaps an obvious choice, but there’s a reason people the world over are mixing hemp protein powder into shakes. What easier – or tastier – way to make sure you’re getting a morning fix than mixing hemp protein powder in a smoothie along with fresh fruit and veg? Try our super berry smoothie bowl or favourite hemp peanut butter smoothie – so simple and so delicious.
2. Hemp Protein in Porridge
Everyone’s favourite winter warmer, porridge is revered the world over for its slow release of energy. But how about mixing a tablespoon of hemp protein powder in with your oats for an extra breakfast time boost? Top it off with honey and cinnamon, of course, to complete this hemp protein powder recipe.
3. Hemp Protein in Pancakes
Get your protein in at breakfast. That way if anyone asks “how do you get protein if you don’t eat meat”, you can simply refer to your morning meal. (Take that, Grandma). We love these protein pancakes by Romy London.
4. Hemp Protein in Waffles
With hemp protein waffles, we’ve strayed away from breakfast and into the realm of brunch. When you’ve got a little extra time at the weekend, give Madeleine Shaw’s hemp protein powder recipe a whirl. She suggests serving her sweet potato and hemp waffles alongside soft-boiled eggs, avocado and miso mushrooms. If you’re vegan just ditch the eggs and it’s equally appetising.
5. Hemp Protein in Cupcakes
Beyond the breakfast and brunch game, there are lots of ways hemp protein can be used to boost your favourite baked treats. Take these sticky toffee cupcakes for example, made with dates, cashew caramello and vegan cream cheese. They’re the perfect hemp protein powder recipe with coffee made with Good Hemp Barista Milk (if you don’t mind us making the suggestion…)
6. Hemp Protein in Protein Bars
Don’t get caught hungry while on the go – make your very own protein bars with this hemp protein recipe and carry them around with you instead! We’ve see lots of different options for these, crammed with nuts and seeds and yummy things like peanut butter. We love these hemp and chocolate bars by The Protein Chef.
7. Hemp Protein Tart
Apart from our mission to make hemp a kitchen staple across the world, we’re also dedicated to debunking the myth that vegans can’t do desert. With this chocolate tart – packed full of hemp protein and topped with raspberries – the proof is very much in the pudding (please excuse the pun).
8. Hemp Protein in Brownies
The original after-school treat, brownies can be given a healthy boost with this hemp protein powder recipe. These light and fluffy hemp brownies are made from a blend of Good Hemp raw protein and pure protein powders and contain a whopping 8g of the good stuff!
Hemp protein powder is easy to digest (unlike soya), is vegan (unlike whey) & a complete source of protein. Discover 8 of our favourite recipes for it!