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Green smoothies are hot right now, figuratively that is. And why shouldn’t they be? They are delicious, an easy way to include a wide range of fruits and veggies in your diet, and packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are versatile, customizable, and a convenient on-the-go snack or meal.
Loading your smoothie with fruits, greens, a spoonful of nut butter, and a splash of plant-based milk ensures that you are giving yourself a myriad of nutrients. However, if you want to take your smoothie up a notch and enhance the health benefits of that tasty elixir, try adding one of these products to your blender before sipping away.
1. Hemp Seed
Hemp seeds are a powerhouse protein source that is easily digested and contains all your essential amino acids, making these seeds a beneficial addition to vegan diets. Not only being an incredible source of biologically available protein, they also contain the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids for the human body. They have been found to contain the rare essential fatty acid Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), which has been linked to helping with arthritis, joint mobility, eczema, hormonal balance, migraines, menopause, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and weight management. Hemp seeds contain an array of antioxidants, as well as important minerals such as zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. These seeds are also a great source of fiber.
Manitoba Harvest Organic Shelled Hemp Hearts
One serving of Manitoba’s shelled hemp seeds, called hemp hearts, contains 10 grams of protein and 2.0 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. They are raw, organic, and verified non-GMO. They have a slightly nutty flavor, and create a nice texture when added to smoothies.
Nutiva Hemp Protein
Hemp protein is an easily digestible protein, making it a great alternative to other types of protein powders like soy and whey (made from milk). Nutiva offers many hemp products, including their 50% protein powder, which has 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Their powder is made with only organic hemp protein, containing nothing artificial. They also sell a high fiber hemp protein powder, as well as vanilla and chocolate hempshake powders.