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.)
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.
Ever tried hemp protein powder? (I know some of you have.)
What do you think of this product?
What are your favorite ingredients in a shake?