Hemp Protein Smoothie Recipes

10 Hemp Protein Smoothie Recipes (+Protein Shakes)

Whether you’re a vegan or not, hemp protein is a sure-fire way to replace your protein powder. It has an earthy, nutty taste, and is packed with several prolific nutrients, blending perfectly with your hemp protein smoothie recipes. In this article we’re going to show you the health benefits of hemp protein, compare it to other protein powders and answer the most commonly asked questions about hemp protein smoothies.

Before we look into it and give you our delicious hemp protein smoothie recipes, let’s dive in and explore what hemp protein entails.

What is hemp protein?

Hemp protein is a potent food with highly prolific nutrients ranging from fatty acids, minerals, to fibers, keeping you in top shape. Unlike cannabis, it has little to no measurable levels of THC, making it a safe protein powerhouse worth supplementing your diet.

With 1.1 ounce serving (equivalent to two tablespoons) of hemp powder in your hemp smoothie recipes, expect:

  • 15g of proteins
  • 8g of dietary fiber
  • 40% daily value (DV) iron
  • Balance ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Vital nutrients like Magnesium, Zinc, and Vitamin E.
  • 90 calories

Its easy-to-digest powder, extracted from its high-fiber and protein elements, is a sure-fire way to boost extra amounts of nutrients to your hemp protein smoothies or food. Though its taste isn’t enthralling, you can always tweak and make it delicious by infusing it with your preferred flavors.

Why are hemp smoothies good for you?

Hemp Smoothie on TableThe health benefits of hemp are so various that it can almost be considered magical!

Reduces the risk of contracting heart diseases Hemps seeds are rich in amino acid arginine, a chemical responsible for generating nitric oxide for relaxing and dilating blood vessels in your body. In a study done on 13,000 people, increased arginine intake was linked to decreased amounts of C-reactive protein (CRP), a cause for heart diseases.

Improves skin conditions Vital fatty acids in hemp exist in an optimal range, a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have revealed that hemp oil boosts the level of these fatty acids in people with eczema (atopic dermatitis) after about 20 weeks.

Reduces PMS symptoms and menopause Gamma-linolenic acid in hemp seeds generate prostaglandin E1, reducing prolactin effects; the hormone triggering emotional and physical symptoms in women with Premenstrual syndrome. A study conducted on women living with PMS, each taking a gram of fatty acids showed a significant decrease in the symptoms.

Aids egestion and digestion Hemp seeds have both soluble and insoluble fiber, at 20% and 80% respectively. Insoluble fiber reduces your risk of contracting diabetes, and adds bulk to your stool, easing egestion. As much as soluble fiber reduces the cholesterol and spikes level in your blood, it also supplies vital nutrients to the beneficial digestive bacteria through forming a gel-like substance in your gut to boost digestion.

Hemp supercharges energy, supports heart health, and uplifts the overall immune system. It’s wholly vegan, gluten-free and should be grown without pesticide use. Additionally, it’s a viable source of 20 amino acids, including the nine vital ones our bodies can’t generate and must derive from dietary sources.

How to make your own hemp protein powder

You can’t wake up today and start making hemp powder by blending hemp seeds. To get the best ultra-fine powder, you must first separate the shells from the seeds. Next, you should separate your seeds from the oil then dry the seeds. Lastly, combine the seeds with the shells, then cold-press for fine hemp protein powder.

Have in mind that store-bought hemp powder can’t be replicated with hulled hemp seeds since they don’t have shells hence lacks vital minerals and fibers. However, their protein count is higher compared to an equal amount of whole hemp seeds.

Challenging, right?

Most people prefer hulled hemp seeds to manufactured hemp proteins due to the harmful chemical nature of manufactured hemp proteins, linked to several dreadful effects. So, instead of relying on store-bought hemp protein powder, grind up more hulled hemp seeds.

The only shortcoming with this is that you’ll have to double or triple your powder amounts to equal that of the store-bought hemp. However, you’ll enjoy it knowing it’s 100% chemical-free.

A few words on store-bought hemp protein

So, here are factors to consider if you prefer buying your hemp protein powders in stores:

Organic: Artificial agents are rarely mixed or added to organic hemp proteins products. Most are non-irradiated, non-GMO, and chemical-free.

Flavors: Unlike whey, hemp proteins have few brands offering flavored options, e.g., Manitoba and Nutiva, availing vanilla and chocolate flavors, respectively. Avoid such brands to get 100% pure hemp and mix it with smoothies rather than water to evade its nutty kind of taste.

Protein amount: Different brands offer different amounts per serving, and this ranges from 11 to 20g. Flavored hemp proteins powders and those emphasizing more on fiber content have fewer protein amounts per serving.

Hemp Protein vs. Other Protein Powders

There are several vegan protein powders in the market like soy, brown rice, pea, and hemp protein. Let’s compare, and see the unique characteristics of each.

Soy Protein vs. Hemp Protein

Soy is genetically engineered (has chemicals like hexane), is popular among vegans and has a higher protein content than hemp. Despite this, hemp is easily digestible and has more prolific nutrients than it, attributing to its healthy fatty acids, minerals, and fibers.

Let’s look at the table below.

Hemp Protein Soya Protein
Natural, fiber-rich, easy to digest, and doesn’t cause cramps or bloating. Some powders have higher protein content than in hemp. Prone to cause digestive disturbances.
Rich in omega-3,6 and 9. Lacks fatty acids like omega-3.
Obtained from a non-GM source. Obtained from GMO source.
Allergen-free. Associated with allergies.

 

Hemp Protein vs. Flax Seeds

Despite hemp and flax seeds being equipped with nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t generate, they both have low amounts of amino acid lysine commonly found in beans, peanuts, and lentils.

Whereas ground flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (its amount is higher than in hemp seeds), hemp protein has a balanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.

Overall, hemp seeds are protein-rich while flax seeds are fiber-rich, but both are still potent foods worth combining in your diet as flax seeds provide more omega-3 fatty acids while hemp delivers fibers and proteins.

Whey Protein vs. Hemp Protein

Unlike whey, hemp protein has unsaturated fats and fibers, vital in easing digestion and disease prevention. Whey, on the other hand, subjects its consumers to bloating and affects lactose intolerant people (making up around 75% of the world population). Whey also has a good amino acids and proteins profile, proving why it’s popular among bodybuilders.

Hemp Protein Powder Whey Protein
Made from the hemp plant. Made from dairy products, normally cheese.
Has a prolific amino acid profile and contains “soft globular” proteins. It also has a solid amino profile though leucine, an acid triggering formation of new muscle tissue is present in larger quantities than in hemp seeds.
Prone to cause mild stomach upsets in some people. Causes bloating and stomach upsets in lactose intolerant people.
Completely natural. Has additives. Hexane is used to distinguish lactose from the powder hence.

 

Comparison Between Hemp, Pea, and Rice Protein

Both pea and rice are gluten-free and are a viable source of vegan proteins though they have fewer quantities of methionine and tyrosine and lysine, respectively.

Pea protein has higher levels of proteins per serving than hemp, and it’s nutritionally likened to eggs while hemp protein powder is likened to seeds and nuts.

The difference?

Hemp is full of highly prolific amino acid while pea and rice aren’t. And it’s also a good pre-workout protein source due to its easy-to-digest nature.

Let’s compare their nutrition:

Hemp Protein Pea Protein Rice Protein
Calories per serving 90 120 80
Fat (g) 3 2 0
Iron (%DV) 40% 35% 15%
Carbs (g) 9 1 2
Fiber (g) 8 0 0

 

Common Asked Questions About Hemp Protein Smoothies

Q: Can hemp smoothies make you high?

A: No. Hemp protein smoothies contain little to no traces of THC, the chemical responsible for “highness” in humans. And most of the hemp products from Canada pass through strict standards, ensuring you don’t fail your drug test. It’s legal and stocked in several stores online, including Walmart and Amazon.

Q: Do I require a medical prescription for hemp protein?

A: No, you don’t need one.

Q: How much hemp protein smoothies should I consume?

A: One hemp smoothie a day gives you all the additional protein you’ll ever need.

Q: Is hemp protein a complete protein?

A: Yes, it’s a complete protein source like eggs, poultry, and fish.

Hemp Protein Smoothie Recipes

Hemp protein powders can be consumed as smoothies through introducing at most one to three tablespoons. To offset its nutty taste, blend it with sweet ingredients like fruits.

Below are our favorite hemp protein smoothie recipes. For most of the smoothies, you’ll need a high-speed blender to achieve the best results. You can get a solid and powerful blender for $100 or less. For more information, check out our extensive review of the best blenders under $100.

➀ Chocolate Hemp Smoothie

Chocolate Hemp SmoothieKick off/finish your day with this creamy, delicious chocolate hemp smoothie. It has an enchanting chocolate taste and boosts the level of omega-3 and proteins in your body. For the best results, try it with Hazelnut or homemade almond milk, and incorporate a few coffee ice cubes.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 2 cups of chocolate almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • a frozen or a peeled banana
  • a hint of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 3 large Medjool dates

Directions

Add all the mentioned ingredients in your blender and ensure your smoothie becomes super smooth.

Tips:

Reduce the number of chocolate almond milk cups from 2 to 1.5 for a super-thick smoothie then add your preferred non-dairy cream. In case your dates are dry, soak in hot water for 30-60 minutes before preparing your smoothie. You can switch your dates (if desired).

➁ Banana & Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

Banana Hemp Smoothie

The banana blueberry hemp smoothie is ideal for anyone seeking an awesome treat or a post work out smoothie which does the trick! It’s tasty, super-easy to make, addictive and uses hemp protein powder, banana, peanut butter, and unsweetened almond milk (replaceable with your favorite milk). For a yummy taste, add a little honey or chocolate Ovaltine.

Ingredients

  • 2 large peeled bananas
  • 2 cups of almond milk (sweetened)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter or almond butter
  • ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of hemp protein powder

➂ Chia Flax Hemp Smoothie

Chia Flax Hemp Smoothie

This chia flax hemp smoothie is delicious, blends with several superfoods and is packed with vital fibers, minerals, protein, and antioxidants to cleanse your digestive system and boost your immunity. It’s one of the best health-promoting smoothies that is protein and chlorophyll-rich.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened hemp milk
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • a pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • 2 cups mixed berries (frozen)
  • ½ tsp probiotic powder

Tips

Adding probiotic powder replenishes healthy bacteria responsible for detoxing, strengthening immunity, boosting digestion, and balancing the acidic-effect of added sweeteners (high-sugar fruits) in your body. Probiotic power requires refrigeration and if it’s in capsule form, cold-press to release the powder.

Celtic sea salt also regulates the acidity of the sweeteners, replenishes electrolytes and stimulates your lymphatic system. Don’t use common table salt; it’s subject to extreme temperatures, iodization and refining hence aren’t as beneficial as Celtic sea salt.

➃ Tropical Hemp Protein Shake

Tropical Hemp Protein ShakeThe tropical hemp protein smoothie is a simple but tasty hemp shake concoction that will leave your mouth watery every time you picture it. It’s best for carb-loading and is sugar-free though its sweetness originates from the incorporated fruits. It’s yummy and might soon replace your favorite smoothie!

Ingredients 

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup papaya
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp hemp powder

Tips

If you need more protein, prefer a frozen smoothie, or feel like chewing, add two more tablespoons of hemp powder, ice cubes, and hemp seeds respectively. Blend and enjoy it!

➄ Green Hemp Smoothie

Green Hemp Smoothie

Smoothies and spices don’t mix, right? Give it a whirl by adding spices like cinnamon, cayenne, and turmeric loaded with antioxidants supporting your immune system, skin, and liver. Adding a little heat is a plus, it’ll leverage your metabolism and combat inflammation. For more delicious green smoothies, check out our liver detox smoothie recipes.

Ingredients

  • juice from one lime
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1-2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup mango (frozen or fresh)
  • fresh strawberries for garnish
  • a hint of cinnamon, cayenne, or turmeric powder (optional)

➅ Spinach & Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

Spinach Blueberry Hemp SmoothieAre you eating but not getting enough nutrients or maybe you’re on the go with no time to stop and feast? If so, then this spinach & blueberry hemp smoothie fits you best. It’s loaded with healthy fats, fibers, and antioxidants for boosting your immune system. For a smooth tasty shake, blend blueberries, almond milk, avocado, and spinach with your hemp powder.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ apple
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

➆ Strawberry Hemp Smoothie

Strawberry Hemp SmoothieThis strawberry hemp protein smoothie might also turn out to be your next favorite. It’s all vegan, creamy, thick, and similar to traditional milkshakes. And you can consume it as a dessert, or snack for a healthy day treat.

  • 1 banana
  • 15 strawberries
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  •  5-6 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ low-fat yogurt

Tips

Fan of fruits? Throw in more strawberries, add ice/milk/yogurt and season to your desired taste. If you’re aren’t on a strict on your diet, replace the low-fat yogurt with whipped cream. And also, winter shouldn’t frighten you, prepare your grilled shrimp salad, search for a perfect spot, and enjoy your summery drink.

➇ Coffee Hemp Smoothie

Coffee Hemp SmoothieThis creamy coffee hemp smoothie is ridiculously delicious and tastes like dairy-free coffee shop drink. It’s also vegan-friendly, sugar-free and can be made with or without adding caffeine. It’s a creative way to make good use of leftover coffee, or you can brew some and store in your fridge a night before its preparation.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of chilled coffee
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp hemp powder
  • 2 tbsp of cashew nuts
  • 3 cups of ice cubes
  • 6 Medjool dates

Instructions

Combine hemp protein powder, cashew nuts, spinach, cold coffee and the pitted dates in your high-speed blender. Blend till the dates are broken, and your mixture is super smooth. If you prefer your smoothie sweeter and chilled, add more dates and additional ice cubes, blend again until it’s frosty-like and thick with the texture of a milkshake.

➈ Spicy Mango Hemp Smoothie

Mango Hemp SmoothieTrade in your smoothie spiking your sugar or blood level with this superfood. It fuses hot chili and mango, an awesome way to kick off your mornings.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 2 cups frozen mango
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • ½ tsp chili powder(optional)

➉ Peanut Butter & Banana Hemp Smoothie

Banana Peanut Butter Hemp SmoothieLooking to add 17g of proteins without using any supplements? If so, then prepare for the magic that this smoothie works. It’s packed with delicious yet healthy ingredients like peanut butter, bananas, and hemp seeds and is rich enough to carry you throughout your day

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 5-6 ice cubes

As much as hemp protein is one of the safest protein powerhouse worth recplacing your protein powders, it also packs more nutrition into your healthy diet through its easy-to-make hemp smoothies, which you can always tweak according to your desired taste. It’s your turn now! Which hemp smoothie among the ten gives you goosebumps every time you picture it? And do you have a favorite hemp protein smoothie recipe you’d like to share? Drop it in the comment sections below (we can’t wait to test it too!) 

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