There’s few things I love more in the fitness world than plant-based protein. Soy, hemp, pea, brown rice, you name it – I’ve tried it. Much like their whey-laden counterparts, not all protein powders are created equal. And even less live up to the hype their fans give them on instagram, blogs, and twitter.
As a normal, average person that prefers protein of the plant-based type, I was estatic to try out Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Protein Smoothies. I’m already a big fan of their Hemp Hearts, which I sprinkle on everything from salads to yogurt to oatmeal.
Touting 15 grams of plant-based Hemp70 protein, an impressive array of greens like spinach, broccoli, and kale and sweetened with organic coconut sugar, I knew that this was gonna be my jam. The sugar’s low, and the protein and micronutrient counts are high, which fits right into my meal plans.
Let me just give Manitoba Harvest a huge mahalo for the adorable packing for their starter kit. I adore the shaker bottle and tablespoon measurer, which I also use for almond & peanut butters in the morning. The package is bright, cute, and the recipes and instructions were totally clear. I was so excited about it that my roommate actually watched me open it and taste-tested the first smoothie I tried. (He gave it two thumbs up, by the way!)
This smoothie I made with the Vanilla Chai flavor, local apple bananas, coconut milk, and powdered peanut butter. Don’t let the green color fool you – it was delish. I’d love to try this same recipe with some dates and/or almond butter too.
The other two flavors, Mixed Berry and Chocolate, are equally good. Personally, the Vanilla Chai is my favorite. I definitely recommend making the Chocolate with bananas, chocolate PB2 powdered peanut butter, chilled coffee and cashew milk. It’s BOMB.
Like all powders, the shakes are much better when blended into a smoothie. I’ve tried a lot of hemp protein powders, though, and this is by far the best and least hemp-y I’ve had. It’s still decent when just shaken up with almond, soy or cashew milk and has low enough calories to give a little energy and micronutrient boost during the day. Overall, I was thrilled to be able to test – and keep!- this product.