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4 Hemp Protein Smoothies: You’ve Got To Try These

If there’s one thing I’m always in the mood for, it’s a smoothie. 

Soup in the summer? No, thank you.

Eggnog in August? Hard pass.

Pumpkin spice latte in April? Absolutely not. 

BUT no matter my mood or the weather, be it the dog days of summer or the dead of winter, if you ask me, (and I’m the one writing this article, so my opinion currently reigns supreme 👸) smoothies are always in season. 

So what’s the reason behind my smoothie obsession?

I’ll give you not one… not two… but three whole reasons. 

Reason #1: Smoothies are probably one of the easiest things ever to make. 

Seriously, you just throw everything in your blender, press a button and viola! 

I mean, could it BE any more simple? *Chandler Bing voice for my Friends fans out there*

Reason #2: Smoothies are ridiculously refreshing. 

If you’re like me and over the age of 25, you’re likely familiar with the worst part about getting older: hangovers

On those fateful mornings when your stomach won’t stop turning and your head won’t stop pounding, but you need immediate nourishment that requires minimal effort, smoothies are your best friend. They’re tasty. They’re cold. You can put them in a sippy cup and consume them while in a horizontal position. I rest my case. 

Reason #3: Smoothies are crazy nutritious. 

No need for any long, rambling explanation here. You literally combine all your favorite fruits, veggies and superfoods (and their many benefits) into a single cup or bowl. By now, I think we’ve all seen the beautiful artistic masterpieces commonly referred to as the smoothie bowl. If not, Google “smoothie bowl art” and prepare to be amazed. 

So, let’s take it to the next step.

How do you elevate this experience by making your smoothie better tasting and better for you?

One word: Hemp.

Which, before you start questioning me, is NOT to be confused with pot. 

Just to eliminate any potential confusion, here’s the Sparknotes version of hemp v. marijuana — Although the hemp plant and the marijuana plant are both members of the cannabis family, hemp is the non-intoxicating classification that contains 0.3% or less THC. 

Meaning hemp is not psychoactive and it cannot get you high. 

Bummer, right?

WRONG.

Because what hemp can DO is provide a plethora of nutritional benefits, which I’ll tell you about right now. 

What Is Hemp Protein?

Hemp protein is complete plant-based protein derived from the seeds of the hemp plant.

It’s cold pressed, milled and sifted into a powder, meaning no chemical or acidic extraction processes are necessary. Simply put, there are no residual toxins that may upset the gut when you use hemp protein. 

It’s sustainably sourced, cleanly produced, non-GMO, vegan protein that is also rich in essentials omega fatty acids and is super gut-friendly. 

We’ll discuss the numerous health benefits of hemp protein in the next section, but let’s start with hemp protein’s two main methods of consumption:

  1. Whole hemp seeds (also referred to as hemp hearts): Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and can be purchased either shelled, ground or split. Whole hemp seeds are most often incorporated into the diet by sprinkling them onto things like cereal, yogurt or a salad and are also commonly used as an ingredient in smoothies (!!!). 
  2. Hemp protein powder: This is that whole “chicken and the egg” thing. 🐔🥚Hemp protein powder, as you’ve likely already figured out, is made by grinding hemp seeds into a fine powder. Now, before I say another word, let me address the common misconception that all protein powders taste like you-know-what… 💩. While those that are heavily processed and contain questionable ingredients tend to have a pretty icky after-taste, hemp protein powder actually has the same earthy, nutty taste as hemp seeds in their original form. So, it’s the perfect replacement for that foul-tasting whey protein powder you inherited from your roommate three years ago. 

And what about hemp seed oil, you ask? 

While hemp seed oil is another popular method of incorporating hemp into one’s diet (side note: Hemple sells a fabulous one and you can check it out here), cold pressing the hemp seeds into oil removes the protein, so that’s why we haven’t included it in this article. 

Also, just in case you were questioning the legality of hemp and hemp-based products, don’t fret because hemp is legal in all 50 U.S. states, baby. 

Benefits of Hemp Protein 

Now that you have a better understanding of how hemp protein can be incorporated into your diet, let’s talk about why you should actually do so. 

For starters, hemp seeds are considered one of the best sources of plant-based protein. 

And I don’t use the word “best” lightly. 

It really is one of the best.

Why?

Well, 25 percent of the total calories in hemp seeds are from high-quality protein. 

This is significant because it’s more than the amount found in similar foods, such as chia and flax seeds, whose total calories are made up of only 16 to 18 percent protein. 

Still not convinced it’s worthy of being called “the best” plant-based protein?

Here’s five more reasons that should help to convince you. 

  1. Complete source of protein: Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, which means they contain all nine essential amino acids. Our bodies cannot create all nine essential amino acids on their own, so we have to obtain them through our diets. Hemp seeds are one of very few plant-based foods that contain all nine amino acids, making them an invaluable addition to any diet, but especially strict vegan and vegetarian diets. 
  2. Full of fiber: Everyone knows fiber is critical to a healthy diet. Hemp seeds provide an unbeatable combination of both protein and fiber, which helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer and also helps to maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, although the exact amount of fiber in hemp protein powder depends on whether it was made from hulled or unhulled hemp seeds, hemp protein powder still contains significantly more fiber than other plant-based protein powders like soy or pea protein. 
  3. Heart healthy: Another thing that makes hemp seeds unique is they belong to an exclusive crew of just a few foods that possess nature’s *ideal* 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. When you have an unbalanced ratio of these fats, which most of us in Western society do, it can lead to a number of different health problems, one of those being heart disease. Research suggests that eating foods like hemp seeds can help correct this imbalance and improve overall heart health. 
  4. Easy to digest: Research shows that 91 to 98 percent of hemp seed protein is digestible. This makes hemp seeds unique (and, once again, an extremely beneficial addition to vegan and vegetarian diets) because animal protein is generally more easily digested than plant protein.
  5. All the antioxidants and minerals: Okay “all” may be a bit of an exaggeration, but hemp seeds really do contain a long list of antioxidants and minerals that help to improve your body’s overall function and keep you healthy. Some that are especially prevalent in hemp seeds? Vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium, just to name a few.

Recipes

If you’re at all familiar with these Hemp Academy articles, you know that, here at Hemple, we love to love on the people that love us. 😍❤️ 

And if you follow us on Instagram (if you don’t then you should be… 👀), you know that we have a community of AMAZING Hemple fans who come up with some seriously creative and, might I add, delicious ways to use our products. 

And because it’s always more compelling to see recipes created by real-life humans (and not professional chefs), I decided to compile a few of my favorite smoothie recipes from happy Hemple customers around the world that I found on Instagram. 

So, to give credit where credit is due, the following recipes and corresponding photography (seriously, HOW DO YOU GUYS MAKE SMOOTHIES LOOK SO DAMN PRETTY?) come from actual people just like you!

Meaning, great news: they won’t turn out like this hysterical Pinterest fail below.

Photo credit: Buzzfeed

I digress, but Pinterest fails are just too good to pass up. Also, who wants to eat a lamb-shaped cake anyways?!

And with that, let’s get on to the smoothie recipes, shall we?

Vegan Raspberry Smoothie Bowl by @nourishing_emma 

Photo credit: @nourishing_emma via Instagram

This fruity smoothie recipe is not only pretty in pink, it’s also perfectly plant-based. How’s that for alliteration? Here’s how it’s made:

  • 1 frozen banana  
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango  
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries 
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 teaspoons Hemple hemp protein powder 
  • Plant milk of choice – The smoothie pictured above uses almond milk. And no specific measurement listed here because you can use however much or however little you want to achieve your desired smoothie thickness. 

Healthy Chocolate Shake by @bridgettesbounceback

Photo credit: @bridgettesbounceback via Instagram

Yep, you read that correctly… Healthy 👏chocolate 👏shake. It’s thick. It’s creamy. It’s everything you remember about the chocolate shakes of your childhood without dairy or a mess of added artificial sugars. I’ll leave it at that. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • 1 frozen banana⠀
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder⠀
  • 1 tablespoon Hemple hemp seeds⠀
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds ⠀
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey ⠀
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ⠀
  • 1 serving collagen powder 
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter ⠀
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes ⠀
  • A few cubes of ice 

Easy Post-Workout Blueberry Smoothie by @bondi_health

Photo credit: @bondi_health via Instagram

Is there anything better than an ice cold smoothie after a long workout? This smoothie is perfect for your post-sweat recovery process because a.) it’s super healthy and won’t ruin all the hard work you just put in during your workout and b.) it requires just FIVE simple ingredients that you probably already have stashed somewhere in your kitchen. 

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • Milk of your choice – The smoothie pictured above uses almond milk. And, again, no specific measurement listed here because you can use however much or however little you want to achieve your desired smoothie thickness.  
  • 2 scoops of Hemple protein powder 

Very Veggie Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie by @nourishingclub

Photo credit: @nourishingclub via Instagram

This green smoothie is like a cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream, but oh-so-much better for you. The green ingredients (both spinach AND zucchini… what?!?) act as liver cleansers, making this your new go-to detox drink. 

  • 1 cup spinach 
  • 1 cup ice 
  • 1/2 cup steamed then frozen zucchini 
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • 1/2 cup almond milk 
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Hemple hemp seeds 
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil 

Also, as a self-proclaimed perfectionist who often gets too caught up in trying to make things exactly according to the given recipe that it sucks all the fun out of trying something new, remember this: the beauty of smoothies is that you literally can’t mess them up. 

Each of these recipes can (and should!) be tweaked to fit your tastes and meet your body’s individual needs. 

Not a fan of plant-based milk alternatives? Swap any of the dairy-free substitutes for regular milk or thicken up your smoothie by using greek yogurt instead. 

Allergic to strawberries? Use raspberries or blueberries. Why not go out on a limb and sub them with kiwi? Who cares! It’s your smoothie, your way. 

And now, the last and most important step for each of these smoothie recipes? 

Sorry, but it’s not sit back, relax and enjoy your delicious and nutritious creation. That’d be too easy. Good guess though.

Just like all of these awesome humans did, take a picture of your smoothie, share it on Instagram and TAG US at @myhemple

That’s the final step.

Maybe your smoothie will be featured in an article just like this one. 

Once you’ve done that then you’re free to sit back, relax and enjoy.

Want more than just smoothies? Click here to browse more recipes just like these on the Hemple website. From cocktails to hummus, you’ll find plenty of creative ways to begin incorporating hemp into your diet. 

Why Hemple

But wait a second, what if you don’t own Hemple hemp seeds or Hemple protein powder yet?

Well well well, do I have a surprise (or a few surprises) up my sleeve for you? 😏

Because we can’t wait another second for you to join our big happy Hemple family, we’re giving you $10 OFF your first Hemple purchase. All you have to do is enter the code SMOOTHIESZN10 at checkout

Could it get any better?

Hemp yeah, it can. 

Hemple offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee on every single order, every single time. That means your order is entirely risk-free and, if after 30 days you decide that our products didn’t work for you, that’s okay! Just send the empty bottles back to us and you’ll receive a full refund. It’s as simple as that. 

And we know we’re not the only ones in the game of selling hemp and hemp-based products. 

The brands and options available to you these days are truly endless

But, if there’s one thing Hemple knows better than anyone else, it’s hemp. 

Hence our cute name, of course! 💁

But, seriously. 

We’ve spent not only years, but also tens of thousands of dollars researching every product we’ve developed and sell. 

Which means you can be confident in your purchases because there isn’t one Hemple product available to you that every member of our team wouldn’t feel comfortable giving to someone in their own family.

So, there you have it. 

Not only do you now know the basics of hemp protein and why it’s beneficial to your diet, you also have a list of mouthwatering smoothie recipes to start blending. 

And, on top of that, you also have a $10 off coupon code to use on your first Hemple order, so you can have your very own Hemple hemp seeds and protein powder. Psst… it’s SMOOTHIESZN10 in case you’ve already forgotten. 

How cool is that? 

Pretty freakin’ cool, if you ask me. 

Both figuratively and literally. 

🆒😎❄️

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