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Trader Joe's hemp protein powder

Well, it seems since I decided to go green, I’ve created a bit of a stir. My mom and I were talking on the phone one day and I mentioned my spinach smoothies. My mom has a severe lactose intolerance. She can’t have any dairy at all. Try doing that for a day. You would not believe how many foods contain some form of dairy. On the plus side, she eats a very healthy diet of whole foods and very few processed foods. On the negative side, it’s extremely inconvenient and difficult to find things she can eat unless she prepares it all herself. So she’s always on the lookout for new things to try.

So when I mentioned my spinach smoothies, she told me she had tried a vanilla hemp protein powder and asked if I’d like some. Of course I said yes – who doesn’t love getting stuff in the mail?! It’s from Trader Joe’s, which I miss terribly after moving to Idaho. (Oh yeah, attention Powers That Be of TJ’s: PLEASE bring Trader Joe’s to Boise. People in Idaho would like the opportunity to buy delicious, healthy food at a reasonable price from cool, friendly people in Hawaiian shirts who lack the usual snotty attitude of most health food places here. Besides, I’m tired of buying out the whole frigging store when I visit my family in California. I can only cram so much Two Buck Chuck, pumpkin butter, sourdough, and other wholesome goodies into my car and still have room for my husband, two children and luggage. Thanks.)

Call Willie Nelson, we're making hemp shakes.

Call Willie Nelson, we're making hemp shakes.

Umm, anyway, I was a little irked by the packaging. You know that little ring below the cap on a jug of milk? It had one of those, but it snapped off midway through the removal process. After a harrowing experience with my scissors, I finally managed to pull it all the way off. The powder looks like green dirt. A little off-putting at first but I’ve learned not to judge. The recommendation is to add 2 TBSP hemp powder to 4 oz. water or milk. I had just worked out so I used water. I also added a banana, a handful of spinach, and an orange. (My dad put a few oranges and lemons from their trees in the box with the protein powder, which I received just after I bought oranges at the store.) I skipped my usual flax as that can sometimes upset my stomach and I wanted to try the hemp solo to see if it had any similar effect. I blended it all up and I have to say it was great.

The hemp powder has a totally neutral taste. I don’t normally go for “vanilla” flavored anything as I’m really picky about vanilla, but this was a great backdrop for blending different flavors. The only things I didn’t like: it wasn’t cold enough, and the serving size was smaller than my regular post-workout shake. So I put it in the fridge for a bit and enjoyed the rest after my shower. As for the serving size, it’s fine for a snack on the go, but I don’t think it would satisfy me after a longer workout. (I did 45 minutes of treadmill that day.)

A serving has 130 calories, 9g of protein, and 5g of sugar. I had absolutely zero after effects like you can have with some protein drinks. It tasted good and didn’t bother my stomach – what else can you ask for? Overall, I have to admit that I wouldn’t have purchased it on my own, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Thanks Mom (and Dad)! Now I’m going to find a dirty bandanna and put on Willie Nelson’s Red-Headed Stranger to enjoy a full hemp experience.

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5 comments to Trader Joe’s hemp protein powder

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  • Miz

    I LOVE THE HEMP! and the Pea protein but get the vanilla.
    The unflavored, to me, tastes like peas :)

  • Cool! I will have to try that! I’m generally not a fan of protein powders b/c they have that funky aftertaste. Good to know this one doesn’t!

    My daughter had a milk-protein allergy for the first 5 years of her life, so there was no dairy for her either. It is amazing how it is in EVERYTHING. I had to really watch labels since she could be anaphylactic, but mainly I made all her food from scratch!

    Glad you and your Mom found something you could both enjoy :)

  • Is it legal? I can imagine this could be a PR fiasco for Trader Joe’s. Love the store though… great products and service and so much cheaper than any big stores. Whole Foods is ridiculous… more like Whole Paycheck.

  • Donna

    Hemp foods are legal to import, buy and consume in the US. Totally hear you on Whole Foods – they are outrageous. Great stuff, but you’re right: Whole Paycheck! I wonder if we’ll ever get a Trader Joe’s in Idaho? They are the best and I miss them so much. People who’ve never shopped there have no idea what they’re missing. Thanks for reading.