Hemp Hearts and Hemp Protein Review

by tgiffitness on April 30, 2013

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Why I love Hemp Hearts

I love hemp hearts! This isn’t a secret. If you take a quick look through the recipes on this blog, a good majority of them will include hemp hearts. Each 3 tablespoon serving contains 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of polyunsaturated omega fatty acids (the good fat), 30% of the daily recommended iron intake, 15% of the daily recommended folate intake, and 12% of the daily recommended fibre intake.

You Can Put Them In Anything!

One of the great things about hemp hearts is that they are a soft, mild tasting seed that can be added to just about anything. Because of their soft texture, they can be added to baked goods, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. without having to be ground up first. If you decide to blend them into your smoothies, they will mix right in without leaving a grainy texture behind. Hemp hearts have a slightly nutty flavour, but for the most part, don’t alter the original flavour of your recipe. I haven’t taken a poll to see if I’m alone on this, but I find my hemp hearts to have a more mild taste than my ground flax, which I find quite nutty. So if you enjoy adding flax to your food, you’ll love hemp hearts.

 Which is better? Hemp Hearts, Flax, or Chia seeds?

I don’t like to discriminate. I love and use all three seeds, sometimes in the same recipe. Ground flax and chia seeds, act as a great replacement for eggs in your baking. Chia seeds are a great choice for an egg replacement because they absorb water like crazy and create a gel like substance. Hemp hearts are lower in carbohydrates than both flax and chia seeds, so if you are looking to minimize your carbohydrate intake, then hemp hearts are for you.

 My View on Protein Powders

I’ve tried my share of protein powders over the years. Most of them recommended by others who had told me about how great their protein shake tasted. In my opinion, none of them tasted that great. The first shake may have been fine, the second may have been as well, but but after a while, all of the flavours became kind of nauseating. As for the ingredients, there was always a long list of ingredients, most of which I couldn’t pronounce if my life depended on it. And if you were so inclined to read the fine print, there was always a “consult your physician prior to consuming this product” warning on the label. That always makes you want to eat something right?

Despite the fact that I have tried a number of protein powders in the past, I am a big advocate for real food. If given the choice, I would always choose a well balanced meal over a protein shake. That being said, convenience is important, and protein powders are just that. They are quick and portable, there isn’t a lot of preparation involved, and they are great when you are looking for a protein dense snack between meals.

Why I Chose Hemp Protein Powder

  • There is only one ingredient in hemp protein powder (or two, depending on the protein powder you have)
  • For all the raw vegans out there, hemp protein is a raw, plant-based protein powder
  • There are no additives or preservatives
  • There are no warnings on the bottle!
  • Hemp protein is produced in an allergen free facility – no dairy, soy, nut or gluten products, so it is safe for those with allergies
  • You can buy it flavored or unflavored.
  • It is high in Iron and Fibre

Review of Manitoba Harvest’s Unflavoured Protein

Hemp Pro 50 – Unflavoured

  • 15 g Protein
  • 8g Carbohydrates
    • 7g Fibre
    • 1g sugar
  • 45% daily recommended iron intake

Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Pro 50 is my first choice of protein powders. There is a good balance of protein, fibre and iron, which supports a well rounded diet.

Possible Cons:

  • Cannot mix with just water… unless you really want to. In order for it to be palatable, you have to add it to something with flavour. Manitoba harvest does have flavoured protein powders that I have not tried, so I can’t tell you how they taste, but I can tell you that I prefer using the unflavoured protein in my smoothies.
  • It is a terrible green colour. This isn’t a problem for me because most of my smoothies are green from all the spinach I put in them anyways, but if your drinking it in public, people may cringe at the sight of your beverage…this is your warning.

Hemp Pro 70

  • 20g protein
  • 4.5g Carbohydrates
    • 0g Fibre
    • 2g Sugar
  • 25% daily recommended iron intake

The Pro 70 would be my second choice. It is water soluble and mixes well, but it doesn’t have the same iron or fibre content as the Pro 50. As for the cons, they are they same as with the Pro 50, but with a more subtle green colour.

Hemp Pro Fibre

  • 10g protein
  • 14g Carbohydrates
    • 13g Fibre
    • 1g Sugar
  • 35% daily recommended iron intake

The Pro Fiber is not my favorite protein to use in my smoothies because you really can feel the fibre in it, but it would be great to use for baking. Again, the same two “cons” from the Pro 50 apply here.

Green Protein Smoothie Recipe for Two

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange
  • 1/3 english cucumber
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 4 tbs Manitoba Harvest Pro 50/70 Protein Powder
  • 8 large frozen strawberries or 1.5 cups frozen mango

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to your blender in the order listed (wettest on the bottom) and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

If you wish to purchase your own hemp hearts, hemp protein powder, or hemp oil (not talked about in this posted), please follow the link below or in the side bar to the Manitoba Harvest website.

Disclaimer: All of the opinions stated in this post are entirely my own. Please note that the above link is an affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission should you choose to make a purchase from the Manitoba Harvest website as a result of clicking said link.

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