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I am always on the lookout for new sources of protein in my diet. I have lots of food intolerances, so dairy, legumes (peas, beans, soy), yeast, gluten, and eggs are out of my diet. Most of my protein comes from meats, which is no surprise considering my limited diet. And since I have cut back on my grain consumption, finding plant protein sources gets even more interesting!
I used to use rice protein powder a lot, but I think I started even reacting to that. Bummer. But hemp protein is one of the things that I have been using lately to get my protein and not eat SO much meat. I can only tolerate so much chicken before it gets very boring (my husband agrees).
Hemp protein has always been a so-so thing for me: it was nice to have around but I didn’t like the grit and uber fiber-iness. Then I found out that Manitoba Harvest made the Hemp Pro 70 – it’s fine, water soluble, and awesome! Very exciting for someone like me. Manitoba Harvest just released their new Vanilla and Chocolate Hemp Pro 70 flavors a few months ago and I got a chance to try them!
Perks of the Hemp Pro 70 flavors:
- Water soluble and smooth
- Complete plant-based protein
- Only 4 ingredients in each flavor
- Low glycemic: sweetened with organic coconut sugar
- Full of omega 3 fatty acids
- 95% digestible
- Great for baking!
Here’s some grain-free flatbread I made with the Hemp Pro 70 and some regular hemp protein powder. I used this Paleo bread recipe from Jess at Run on Organic and I replaced the egg with flax gel (3 Tbsp. flax + 1/4 cup water) and then replaced half the coconut flour with hemp protein. It is good! Adds a nice bit of protein to the bread, and it’s nice to have some bread every now and then!
For the record (in case anyone wondered), the plants that hemp seeds are harvested from are not the same plants that marijuana comes from. Since it’s a different plant, there is no THC in hemp food products.
I have already been using the regular and unflavored Hemp Pro 70 and love it! It’s versatile: I usually made after-workout protein shakes with it, and I even used some to bake grain-free protein flatbread this past weekend. The Hemp Pro 70 is smooth and not gritty at all, which is soooo nice if you have ever had the regular hemp protein powder (it’s scratchy, like drinking a wool sweater).
I whipped up this Chocolate SuperFood Protein Shake with the Chocolate Hemp Pro 70 and it’s delicious! Even though the package says it doesn’t need to be blended, I still think the protein powder best when it’s shaken in a Blender Bottle or blended in a NutriBullet. I get a few unmixed bits when I just use a whisk or spoon. And sorry, no photo to go with the recipe! I drank it up before I got pictures…oops.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 packet Chocolate Hemp Pro 70 powder or your favorite chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons dried goji berries
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon hemp hearts
- Dash each salt and cinnamon
- Vanilla Creme Stevia to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a small blender or NutriBullet and blend until smooth. Add more or less almond milk as desired to reach your favorite consistency. Enjoy!