I am not especially pleasant when I am hungry. It’s been a challenge to fill up while on an elimination diet, especially when some of my favorite sources of protein and fiber are off limits.
While whey protein isolate is on the okay, if you must list, the artificial sweeteners and other chemical brothers found in my protein powder of choice are very much on the don’t even think about it list. My RD recommended hemp or rice protein, but I had no clue where to start. Thanks to the magic of Twitter, I found myself on Hippie Butter‘s website. And placed an order. On 4/20. (Sheer coincidence.)
After starting the morning like hippies do, I am feeling satisfied, energized, and not the least bit cranky. Those happy people are on to something.
Vanilla, hemp and cinnamon protein shake
- 4 tbsp hemp seed protein powder
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp organic cinnamon
(Extremely obvious and likely unnecessary) Directions:
- In a large glass or shaker cup, combine hemp protein and almond milk.
- Stir until liquid and powder are incorporated.
- Add cinnamon, and stir.
- Shake can also be served over ice, and makes a great post-workout drink.
While the hemp seed protein powder is dense, it is not at all chalky. I imagine it would mix well with frozen berries, citrus, and any number of smoothie or shake add-ins, as the powder itself has a very mild taste. I much prefer it to other flavored powders.
I am looking forward to continuing to experiment with my happy little hemp seeds (I bet Bob Ross would have loved this stuff). Hippy Butter has a number of other interesting products, too, including hemp coffee and skin care. Like everything else that is good in this world (namely sparkling wine and stinky cheese), hemp powder should be kept refrigerated.
With a few minutes to spare before the morning craze set in, I continued to embrace my inner hippy with a quick meditation. One of my favorite aspects of yoga is the emphasis on setting your intention for your practice, or your day. There’s nothing like a healthy dose of perspective, gratitude, and hope to keep you on track.
Now, if only my peace moccasins matched today’s outfit.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Seal yoga
- Counting down the days ’til Reach the Beach! (11, for the record)
- I need a manicure, like, yesterday
What’s your favorite way to start the day off right?