A while ago I was sent some Good Hemp products to try out. I thought I would be sent a few sample packs, but I was sent a massive box- it has been keeping me going for a while!
Some hemp seed oil (Original, and Mild and Light), some shelled hemp seeds, some plain hemp protein, and two flavoured shake mixes (strawberry and chocolate).
I loved the sprinkles and have been adding them to salads and dinners to add some crunch. They are not as crunchy as seeds, and when I put them into some bread I could not really taste them, but when they are on their own they have a faint nutty taste.
I really liked the oils too- I have used them for roasting vegetables, and in general cooking in place of our usual olive/rapeseed oil. Sometimes when it burns it has a bit of an unusual taste, and so I am not sure I would use it in a sweet recipe (like a carrot cake) but for normal cooking it has been great.
I was not such a fan of the hemp proteins- I tried the chocolate one first, and I just found it had a funny after-taste. I was not sure if that was the sweetener used, or the hemp in it, but it did not taste much like chocolate to me. I also found it hard to mix, although I did see some reviews on the internet say to mix it and then leave it a few minutes for the hemp to dissolve a bit, and when I tried that it seemed to work a bit better.
I found the strawberry one similar- it had a strange aftertaste. I didn’t try the plain hemp protein on its own, but I used it in Laura’s wonderful cherry protein brownies, and it was lovely in those.
You could taste the hemp powder, and it tasted less sweet, but not bitter or anything like that. My favourite way to use it anyway.
I will be making them a lot I am sure.
Anyway, hemp protein has many benefits: it is 47% protein, contains all the essential amino acids, and is rich in omega 3, so it is a great addition to any diet. You can read more about it here. The website also has some lovely looking recipes (I like the look of the carrot cake) so I will be trying them out at some point too, I am sure.
I feel like I would rather get my protein from whole foods instead of powders, but I also know that I don’t always have protein heavy meals, and I do feel better (more full anyway, and more recovered after body pump) if I have had more protein, so powders are convenient. I think I prefer the plain hemp powder to the flavoured, as then at least I can add my own flavour to it.
But I liked using the oils and the sprinkles 🙂
Do you ever use protein powders? How do you incorporate them into your diet if you do use them? Any good recipes to try?
And thanks to Good Hemp for letting me try them 🙂