With the surge in popularity of hemp protein powder lately, it’s obvious many folks are looking for a more natural way to get their daily protein. For those with allergies or other dietary restrictions, hemp is arguably the best protein powder. Hemp protein has plenty of benefits, but sadly one area it sometimes lacks in is taste.
While plenty of people don’t mind or even enjoy the taste of hemp-based shakes, it’s tough to argue that they are quite as tasty as your typical whey protein powder. Part of this is due to the amount of time hemp protein has been on the market. Whey and casein powders have been around for much longer, and therefore have a giant array of flavors and varieties to choose from.
However, if you love the health benefits of hemp and like avoiding the artificial sweeteners and animal products found in most other powder styles, you may be looking for some great recipes to mix up for your morning breakfast shake or as part of your protein diet plan.
First, Some Basics
As most people who use hemp-based shakes do so as part of a vegan diet or have some sort of lactose intolerance, milk is usually off the table as “base” for your shakes. Thankfully, soy milk or almond milk work nicely, and help you to avoid dairy products altogether.
While hemp mixes decently with water, you’ll usually want some more substantial liquids to help cover the grittiness that can come along with these powders. A lot of users swear by orange juice as a great base for hemp protein shakes. The richness and taste can help to mask the hemp, but keep in mind the calories and sugar orange juice can add. Orange juice probably wouldn’t be a good choice for a post-workout shake for this reason. Alternatively, yogurt works nicely, and helps to add to the protein content of your shake.
Let’s take a look at a few hemp protein shake recipes collected from around the net:
Superfood Shake Recipe
Look at all those “super foods”! Blueberries, almond milk, and cinnamon all in one recipe. Add in a couple of scoops of your favorite hemp protein powder and you’ve got a delicious shake with tons of health benefits. Optionally add in a few drops of stevia for sweetness, or use another artificial sweetener if you choose. Combine in a blender and blend until smooth.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
You’ll barely even notice the hemp protein powder in this recipe. The combination of the banana’s smoothness and the “pulp” generated from the strawberries gives the whole mixture a very smooth texture, making it go down very easy. Feel free to add in some stevia if needed, but this mixture should be naturally sweet enough for most palettes.
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