Smoothies and wellness often go hand-in-hand. Nutritionists, dietitians, coaches, and wellness enthusiasts have been experimenting with numerous ingredients that can be whipped into a healthy meal replacement without significant effort.
And now that the internet is full of options and recommendations, here’s one that is hard to beat regarding its nutritional efficacy and flavorsome goodness. A combination of earthy, sweet tanginess, hemp protein smoothies easily gain a spot among superfoods.
With its primary ingredient, hemp, coming from a plant seed, hemp protein shakes are also ideal for vegans looking for suitable protein sources.
Let’s learn how to prepare an indulgent glass for yourself and dive into the benefits of a smoothie with hemp protein.
Ingredients For Hemp Protein Smoothie
For one serving of smoothie with hemp protein, you will need some frozen bananas, almond (or any other non-dairy) milk and approximately 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder and a pinch of cinnamon. Plus, you will need hemp protein powder — if you don’t have it readily available, 3 hulled hemp seeds would be an alternative.
What Basically Is Hemp Protein Powder?
Hemp protein powder is exactly what it sounds like; hemp plant seeds all pressed and ground into a fine powder. This protein powder has an incredibly nutty or earthy sweetness, and is widely used in vegan protein shakes. According to the US Department of Agriculture, hemp seeds contain as much protein as egg whites, making them a popular vegan alternative to eggs.
How To Make Hemp Protein Smoothie In 2 Minutes
One great thing about a hemp seed smoothie is that it is super easy to prepare. The ingredients are easy to find at your local store, and the only equipment you’ll need is a blender (which means little to no mess). Without further delay, let’s get straight to making a delicious hemp protein shake in under 2 minutes:
Toss the frozen fruit and remaining ingredients into a blender jug. Now, secure the jug tightly with a lid and blend on high speed until smooth.
You can stop when the smoothie looks homogenous. If the consistency feels too thick, consider adding the milk of your choice and blend for another minute or so.
Take a moment to savor the aroma, color, and velvety texture of this chocolate hemp protein smoothie as you pour a glass for yourself — and finish up by garnishing with your favorite topping!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between hemp seeds and chia seeds?
Both hemp and chia come from different plants and, hence, have different nutritional values. Hemp is rich in protein, while chia is famous for its high fiber content. Also, chia becomes gelatinous (with a jelly-like consistency) when soaked, while, in contrast, hemp remains crunchy.
What should I mix with hemp protein?
Hemp has an earthy taste, and if you’re new to it, you may find it intense. One solution is masking its flavor with berries, tropical fruits, and nut butters. You can also pair it with cocoa powder or top it with cinnamon — basically, just toss in a little of the flavors you like.
How often should I eat hemp protein?
The usual serving of hemp protein is 30 grams, and, as a rough estimate, this contains 15 grams of protein. As a rule of thumb, consuming one serving a day is okay. But people with higher nutritional needs can take as much as four! If needed, you can also consult your dietitian.
What Are The Benefits Of Hemp Protein Smoothies?
Hemp protein shakes are famous for their multiple health benefits. They are fantastic for use in beauty regimens thanks to their excellent protein content. This helps improves your skin and enhances your nail and hair health. Plus, the amino acid content in proteins work wonders for your muscle growth.
If you’re on a weight loss journey, hemp seeds will be your best mate. They are rich in nutrients, which means they can keep you feeling full — and reduce the desire for unnecessary snacking. Talk about plant-derived goodness with a plethora of benefits!
Hemp Protein Smoothie — It’s As Delicious As It Gets
Skip that half-hour cooking session at breakfast and keep yourself full till lunch with this hemp protein smoothie — your secret to a youthful, healthy life.
Chocolate hemp protein smoothie
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
- 1 cup non dairy milk, we used almond milk
- 2 tsp raw cacao powder
- In a large high-powered blender, add in all ingredients and blend on high until smooth.
- Serve immediately!