Until I came across Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders, my seedy exposure was limited to hemp seeds in dense store bought muffins.
But, I really did like those muffins, and as a fan of all things nutty, hemp seemed like it could be a good match.
Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders are made with 100% pure raw, certified organic hemp protein powder. That’s it, not a single other ingredient. I decided to trial a single serve packet in a smoothie made with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup of frozen fruit (peaches and raspberries), and 1/2 of a small banana. The powder produced a very unappealing brown-green color, and the flavor did take away from the sweetness of the fruit just a bit. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup to reach perfection.
The taste at this point was excellent. It must have been … I finished the smoothie in three minutes flat and was shaking out the blender for more! The hemp protein did add a powdery taste to the smoothie, and a very slight gritty texture. Though I didn’t find it off-putting in the slightest, little ones and those with “texture” issues might not approve. On the packaging, they state that Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders have a “nutty” flavor. I didn’t really get this, but did think they provided a nice neutral base and thickener for smoothies.
At last check, they had two base versions of the Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders. One has 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per serving. It’s aptly named “15g”. The other is a Hi Fiber blend with 11 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber.
Beyond the straight up protein powders, Nutiva also makes Organic HempShakes. Despite the fun name, they’re basically flavored protein powders that are sweetened with organic coconut sugar and stevia. We haven’t yet sampled the current Vanilla and Chocolate flavors, which have been reformulated a bit over the years. I will update if we do, but feel free to share your own review in the comments!
The Facts on Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders and HempShakes
Certifications: Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders are Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without nuts. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Nutiva website at nutiva.com.