Smoothies featuring hemp

Hemp: Health Benefits and Superfood Smoothies

Hemp: Health Benefits and Superfood SmoothiesHemp is a word that draws some controversy. It is used to refer to products made from the Cannabis plant, not including the drug marijuana. The fiber, oil, and seeds of the Cannabis plant can be used to make many hemp products including foods and beverages, but also non-food materials, like rope, fabric, and paper.

Hemp products are legal, because most of THC has been removed or because they have been made from plants with low THC content. THC is the compound in marijuana that has psychoactive properties.

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Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

Blueberry Hemp SmoothieHemp seeds are a potent superfood worth incorporating into your smoothies and diet. I don’t consume as much hemp as I did during my vegan days, but do still enjoy hemp seeds in my smoothies and sprinkled on salads and other dishes from time to time.

Hemp is a complete protein that contains a balanced ratio of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Hemp also contains many B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E, iron, sodium, calcium and is a good source of dietary fiber. This fabulous nutrient profile leads to the following health benefits.

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Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie RecipeThis is one of my favorite post workout smoothies. I never feel like spending too long in the kitchen after an exhausting workout, which is why I usually choose to whip up a smoothie in 5 minutes or less. I also like to make a smoothie before heading off to the gym and drink half before and after.

Chocolate and peanut butter are a dynamic duo. You can use peanut butter instead of almond, but your smoothie won’t be quite as healthy. This is one of those smoothies that’s so decadent I have to remind myself that it’s actually very healthy.

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The Brain Booster Smoothie Recipe

Brain Booster Smoothie Recipe

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Brain health is vitally important in this fast-paced world we live in where things are coming at us from every direction. The ingredients in this smoothie recipe all play a role in improving your mental clarity, memory, and overall brain function. Here’s a run down of each ingredient and its respective brain boosting benefits.

The base of this smoothie is apple juice, which prevents the loss of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, critical for memory and brain health.

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Banana Hemp Smoothie Recipe

Banana Hemp Smoothie Recipe

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I know what some of you may be thinking. No, this smoothie won’t get you buzzed.

This is the first smoothie recipe I’ve posted containing hemp; so let’s take a look at why hemp is a great addition to your smoothies.

Hemp Health Benefits

A complete protein, rich in essential fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3, and a variety of vitamins and minerals, hemp is a bona fide superfood. Hemp contains many B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E, calcium, iron and is a good source of dietary fiber. Here’s a quick list of the top health benefits attributed to hemp.

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