Consuming a nutritionally poor diet is the largest contributing factor to the burden of disease in the U.S, alongside the excess consumption of sugar and the inadequate intake of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.
Smoothies are an ideal way to pack good quantities of produce into one delicious beverage, but before simply filling your blender with an array of fruit, consider the role that hemp can play in your recipes.
A ‘proper’ smoothie should also have fermented products (think Greek yoghurt or kombucha), greens like kale or spinach, and, of course, protein - something that hemp seeds and hemp butter have in abundance.
A Simple Ratio
To make your hemp smoothie, a simple rule to follow involves using one rounded tablespoon of hemp seeds, a handful of fruit, a handful of greens, one rounded tablespoon of kefir, and a little liquid to make the drink more palatable (coconut water and/or almond milk are good choices).
You can also use hemp butter instead of seeds if you wish: Hippie Butter’s Cacao Hemp Seed Butter will add a beautiful chocolate flavor and creamy texture to a banana smoothie. Play around with different fruit and vegetable combinations, but make sure to respect the ideal ratio so that your smoothie is as nutritionally rich as possible.
Boosting The Power Of Superfoods Like Hemp
Hemp can be considered a superfood in many ways. It is a potent source of essential fatty acids Omega-6 and Omega-3, and is also high in top quality protein. In fact, over 25% of hemp’s total caloric value comes from protein, which is greater than that of flaxseeds or chia seeds.
Whole hemp seeds also contain high amounts of fiber, which promotes a healthy digestive system and helps keep weight stable. To add to the fiber content of your smoothie, blending rather than juicing produce will ensure you are not removing the fiber found in the skin and interior of the fruit. The one proviso to this rule would be that blending isn’t for everyone.
For instance, if you have an inflammatory disease, you have just had surgery, or you are having a treatment that may challenge your digestive system, then juicing might be the better option.
What Are The Different Choices Of Hemp For A Smoothie?
Hemp seeds and hemp butter are a popular choice for smoothies because they are easy, convenient and affordable.
However, you can pack an extra punch into your smoothie by using hemp milk instead of almond milk or coconut water. You can also pour a small amount of hemp oil into the blender to add extra creaminess to your beverage.
A Quick And Easy Recipe For A Banana And Hemp Smoothie
Take your blender and pop in one banana, 2/4 cup of frozen mango slices, ¾ cup hemp milk, and 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds. Add a teaspoon of raw cocoa if you feel like a bit of a chocolate kick. If you want to stay true to the ideal ratio, add a handful of spinach and replace the hemp milk with water. Add a couple of ice cubes if you're in the mood for something cool.
One of the best things about smoothies is that you can hardly ever go wrong. Play around with a few flavor combinations, ensuring you don’t miss out on all the key ingredients of a truly healthful and delicious smoothie.
Don't forget to check out our page with over 50 hemp smoothie recipes.