I suffer from that daily sweet tooth craving that sneaks up around the 3 o’clock hour, yelling “eat dark chocolate immediately” in my ear until I either somehow quiet it with will power or I give in! And in an attempt to not give in and hit up my ever diminishing stash of dark chocolate I keep in the freezer, I have been satisfying the craving with a wonderfully sweet chocolate shake. This shake is naturally sweet, healthy and protein packed. I created it as an ode to the infamous Almond Joy bar! You’re welcome.
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup water
- 2 Tablespoons almond butter
- 2 Tablespoons hemp protein *
- 5 dates- pitted
- ⅓ cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon coconut butter
- 1-1½ cups ice
- Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high until combined.
- Serve immediately!
I have been trying to increase my physical activity these days– besides the cardio and strength training that comes with having to hold and wrangle a wiggly 7 month old baby all day everyday. And with increased physical activity, I have been upping my protein intake to help balance out my diet.
Here are a few great facts about why I love hemp protein:
It contains all the 21 known amino acids— which covers the 9 essential amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own and must get them from dietary sources.
Hemp has not been subjected to genetic modification. According to hemp farmers, its cultivation hardly requires pesticides, herbicides or petrochemical fertilizers. It happens to be one of those plants that lend easily to organic agricultural methods. This makes hemp a comparatively safer plant source of protein. The common method of processing hemp seeds also allows some of the minerals, vitamins and polyunsaturated fats found in the hull to be mixed in with the ground final product.
It’s a great protein source for an active lifestyle because it contains branched-chain amino acids (BCAA). Two tablespoons of hemp protein powder can provide around 13-15 grams of protein. Those two tablespoons contain what are called branched-chain amino acids (BCAA). Specifically they are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, BCAAs should make up 40% of the daily need for essential amino acids. That breaks down to about 40 milligrams of leucine and 10 -30 milligrams of isoleucine and valine per kilo of body weight. And it is estimated that up to 18% of energy expended in a workout comes from BCAAs. This can certainly go higher depending on the length and intensity of the exercise. The 40% daily need recommended by the FAO is based on people with regular lifestyles. The figures for daily demand and expenditure during hard physical activities will be higher for athletes.