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)