Hemp Day

August 12, 2009

Moss-Green Hemp Protein

Moss-Green Hemp Protein

Healthy eating should be a priority, but it’s challenging to find time to shop and prepare meals. Your body needs quality fuel or it is, quite literally, running on empty. And once your tank is low, so to speak, the hallmarks of convenience begin to beckon – sugar-laden bars disguised as healthy granola bars, muffins parading around as a decent snack and quick and dirty fast food. So tempting when you’re famished – your brain shuts off and your stomach starts demanding. Here’s a suggestion, and some information, on hemp protein: it’s a natural product; you can buy organic; it is loaded with protein – up to 15 grams per serving; it blends easily into smoothies; it is gluten-free; and it has the very excellent omega 3’s and 6’s. Sometimes, if I’m short on time in the morning, I’ll buzz up a smoothie for a super quick and healthy breakfast. If I anticipate a busy day I’ll pour it into a thermos and take it with me. You can put whatever you like into your smoothie. As a guideline, this is most basic one I make.

Makes 1 – 16 oz glass

1 banana

1 cup fruit – fresh or frozen

2 – 4 tablespoons hemp protien

1 cup of cold water

Put everything into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. There are as many variations as you can think of. Try some fresh grated ginger. Up the omega 3’s and 6’s and fiber by adding a tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Add one teaspoon of chlorella for a detoxifying smoothie, or two small scoops of matcha. Vary up your fruits, add some ice in hot weather, or use peeled, frozen bananas. I’ve also thrown in a handful of raw oatmeal, cocoa nibs, pumpkin seeds and tahini. Well, not all into the same smoothie. Try not to leave the house without breakfast in the morning, we always hear that it’s the most important meal of the day. Especially if part of your day is dedicated to exercise, eating well helps speed recovery and build fitness. A smoothie is fast. It tastes really good. It’s portable. And if you arrive home ravenous after a long day, you can whip yourself up a smoothie instead of bee-lining for the cheese and crackers. I know you do that sometimes.

Efficient, Delicious Nutrition

Efficient, Delicious Nutrition

PS – now is the best time of year to freeze some local fruit. You don’t have to go crazy, but if you have some freezer space it’s nice to be able to pull out summer peaches and berries in the fall and winter. Frozen fruit makes a great, thick and rich-seeming smoothie.

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4 Responses to “Hemp Day”

  1. Julie said

    I feel as if I am being scolded. How did you know?! I left the house without breakfast this morning and I feel worse for it. I wish I had read this an hour ago. I will definitely give these smoothies a try. I think it is the perfect breakfast for my kitchenless mornings. Thanks Dawne!

  2. Holly said

    OK,OK, guilty as charged. But really, granola bars aren’t healthy? Boo!
    So where does one buy this hempy goodness, Dawne?

    • dawnegourley said

      Hi Holly – some granola bars are healthy, most aren’t. You can buy hemp protein at the usual places – Choices, Capers, Whole Foods and probably every other store in your Commercial Drive neighbourhood.

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