Pimping the Hemp

I’m not sure when (or even how) hemp surpassed chocolate as my superfood of choice, but there it is. Seriously, at this point, I need to take out stock in Nutiva.

Okay, so why hemp?

Well, to tell you the truth, it all started with that ridiculous YouTube video that I posted a couple of moths ago. As soon as I did, every time I turned around someone was talking about the health benefits of hemp (as a food source, that is). And these weren’t just some random people, these were people who I thought, “Wow, I wouldn’t mind looking like them!”

So, I took a leap of faith and actually bought the hemp, the maca, and the cacao. In addition to the basic health benefits, I was also getting increasingly concerned about consuming so much soy. Let’s face it, the reports on soy are mixed and it’s harder and harder to find non-genetically-modified soy products. Further, from an environmental perspective, soy is a resource intensive crop. Nutritionally, hemp is a raw food and has much higher percentage of digestible protein than soy and a full complement of essential fats. Click here to see more about the nutritional benefits of hemp. And environmentally, let’s face it, it’s a very easy crop to grow.

To date, I have worked my way through most of Nutiva’s hemp based product line. And, as promised, here’s the scoop:

I started with the Hemp Plus Fiber, Cacao, and Maca self-blend, then fell back to the pre-made shake mixes: Chocolate, Amazon Acai, and Berry Pomegranate.

Of the three, the Chocolate is my favorite. I tend to mix it with unsweetened organic vanilla almond milk, ice, banana, stevia plus, and my new favorite condiment (which tastes amazingly like pine nuts alone and hazelnuts when mixed with chocolate): shelled organic hemp seeds. In second place is the Berry Pomegranate, to which I routinely add banana and frozen blueberries. And last, and certainly least, the Amazon Acai Blast, which, unfortunately, has a strange aftertaste that I just can’t seem to shake. (No pun intended.)

Now you might be looking at the price of all these things and thinking, “Oh my God!” But keep in mind that these are – in some cases – five pound bags and you’re using only 2-4 tablespoons at a time! If you’re thinking about trying them – and I really recommend that you do – then you might want to start smaller. I actually bought the big bags up front because I’m cheaper than I am picky, so I figured that way I’d eat it even if I didn’t like it. Luckily for me, I really, really liked it. I also liked the way I felt – that is, super nutritious and environmentally virtuous – after eating it! Not to mention feeling really full, given all the easily digestible protein and insoluble fiber!

My best practice shake at the moment is thus:

Two trays of mini ice cubes
1 cup of organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 banana

[crush the ice]

4 tablespoons of Hemp+Fiber
2 tablespoons of raw cacao
1 tablespoon of maca root
1 serving of Emerald Balance Plus (Chocolate)
Stevia Plus, to taste
1 teaspoon of spirulina
2-4 tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds

It’s delicious! Even Michael is hooked and I’d been trying to get him to drink my Spiru-tein shakes for years!

2 comments so far

  1. Lara on

    I tried the Chocolate shake. The chocolate flavor was terrific. My only complaint was the texture was a bit gritty. However, the flavor was good enough that I got over it by about the 3 shake. Thanks for the tip!

  2. KJ on

    Hey Lara,

    Thanks for being open to product ideas! I found that until I got used to it, I made sure to put a very large banana in there, which made it smoother. Coconut oil also helps texturize it if you can afford the calories. Thicker soy milks or almond milks also help!


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