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Benefits of Hemp Powder and Smoothie Recipes

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So I have been one-lucky-duck in the blog world lately–getting a couple AWESOME products sent my way. The first to arrive was Manitoba Hemp Protein Powder. As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of hemp: I have 2 scoops in a Green Smoothie every morning.

But I don’t just throw it in there for fun. It’s SUPER good for you. 

  • Hemp is a vegan source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, chlorophyll 
  • Gluten-Free 
  • A complete protein, meaning is supplies enough of each of the essential amino acids to contribute to the human body’s requirements
  • Helps repair muscles
  • Supports growth of lean body mass  
  • Hemp protein is made up of “Edestin:” a type of plant protein that is similar to protein found in the human body, making it perfect for cellular needs like DNA repair
  • Easily digested and assimilated because hemp protein is similar to human protein 
  • Has essential polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3 at the optimal 3:1 balance 
  • “Cold pressed” or “Raw” 

I think the most popular protein powders out there are “Whey” and “Soy.” Both of which, hemp beats. Whey is made from dairy products and often has a ton of additives in the commercial brands (plus my body doesn’t like dairy too much).

And here’s a case against soy: 

  • Soy has more protein per serving  
  • BUT many soy powders that are not organic are often processed with chemicals
  • Soy can cause stomach upset and gas in some individuals 
  • There’s no known allergens present in Hemp Protein Powder  
  • Soy protein powders are often derived from genetically modified soybeans 
  • Hemp has a more environmentally friendly growing process because hemp doesn’t require Herbicides or Pesticides to grow easily

 I was super lucky that Manitoba sent me some hemp products to try and review. How can I not love all this goodness? I was sent the vanilla and chocolate flavors, as well as a sample bag of shelled hemp seed. Thanks, Manitoba!

And this post wouldn’t be complete without some recipes. So here it goes!


Morning Green Monster: (serves 2)
4 scoops hemp powder
2 cups frozen spinach
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 frozen banana
1 tsp spirulina 
1 cup water or coconut water
Blend until smooth 
Strawberry Apple Pie Shake: (serves 2)
2-4 scoops hemp powder
1 cup almond mylk ( or hemp, soy, rice, coconut, dairy)
1 small apple (chopped)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
Blend until smooth 
Protein Chocolate Mylk Shake: (serves 2)
2-4 scoops hemp powder
4 Tbs raw cacao
1 cup ice
2 dates or Stevia to taste
Blend until smooth

What is your must-have smoothie ingredient? Foe me, banana. Hands Down.

Do you use protein powders? If so which one? Yeah, hemp.

What is one “health choice” you cant live without? Exercising? A Salad a day? Mine is, without a doubt, my morning green smoothie!

(PS. You can buy Manitoba Hemp Powder, the vanilla or chocolate, at a discount on Amazon)



  1. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life08-25-2010

    My must have smoothie ingredient is banana. I LOVE bananas in smoothies!

  2. Yumventures
    Yumventures08-25-2010

    I like to eat a big salad every day — it is easy to bring for lunch at work, and means I get a bunch of veggie servings without having to even think!

  3. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)08-25-2010

    I love Hemp protein! The stats are just amazing and they taste so good. I am loving hemp seeds sprinkled on just about everything lately! Your smoothies look delicious. I don't know if I could choose between my healthy thing, but it would be somewhere between exercise, salads and oatmeal.

  4. samanthaangelabikinibirthday
    samanthaangelabikinibirthday08-25-2010

    I used unflavoured Absolute Vegetarian Protein which is a mix of Soy Protein, Pea Protein, and Rice Protein and it's non-GMO.
    I don't like the flavoured stuff and while I like Hemp protein I find it's a bit too expensive.

  5. Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose
    Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose08-25-2010

    oh good find! I've been meaning to try rice and pea protein. I'm going to look into this.

  6. Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose
    Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose08-25-2010

    ive been meaning to try pea protein—yeah, processed junk is no good.

  7. Emily
    Emily08-25-2010

    I just discovered green monsters and I'm loving them. Coconut water sounds like it's worth a try!

    I also just started really getting into running, and now I don't think I can go without the stress relief!

  8. Madeline
    Madeline08-25-2010

    I don't use protein powder. Maybe it's just I've never found one I like, but they never sit very well with me. My days always have to start with a good sweat session!

  9. Spelland
    Spelland08-25-2010

    That's why Hemp Protein is so good for you ~ It's easily digestible and contains no added ingredients like whey.

  10. DiningAndDishing
    DiningAndDishing08-25-2010

    I totally must have a banana in my smoothies too – helps thicken it up! I also like a frozen fruit of some sort, to keep it cold without adding ice.

    - Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  11. Kelsey
    Kelsey08-25-2010

    mm the chocolate one is my favorite!! i love the texture it makes in smoothies and homemade softserves <3

  12. John
    John08-29-2010

    I like the idea of the hemp protein but not enough to pay the extra money. I looked at the prices and they were at least 50% more than what I pay for Whey protein and that adds up when II have at least one smoothie a day.

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