Another interesting item that’s on sale at 16% off is the Blendtec WildSide blender. This is the ultimate blender if you like making smoothies, or even your own salad dressings and things of that nature. This is the blender that Joe Rogan owns and uses on a daily basis to blend up his Hulk Loads. Yes, they are expensive with a regular retail price of $500, but now you can get one at 16% off.
I wish I wrote about this sale earlier, but as I said, I didn’t catch it in time. That being said, there’s still time left if you act quickly. The 16% off food products sale ends on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:59 CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. That’s today! Now’s the time to grab that blender you want, to try the new Hemp Force Vanilla, or to stock up on other Onnit food products.
First came the original Hemp Force protein powder with a chocolate maca flavor, followed shortly thereafter with a vanilla Hemp Force protein bar. I’ve always been a vanilla kind of guy, so I wondered if and when Onnit was going to drop a vanilla variation of the Hemp Force protein powder. Joey Diaz hinted a while ago that it was on its way, and friends, that day has finally arrived.
The reason for the delay is simple: it took Onnit a long while to track down the right vanilla to use in its protein powder, and then even more time to perfect the recipe. You can’t just combine vanilla with hemp powder and call it a day. Onnit spent over a year developing this new formula, experimenting with over a dozen different recipes before discovering the perfect flavor profile for the new Hemp Force Vanill-Acai protein powder.
What Onnit came up with is a unique recipe that includes hemp protein powder, vanilla, mesquite powder, freeze dried acai berries, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Mike Dolce would be proud, as Hemp Force Vanill-Acai is created using 100% earth grown nutrients. No vitamins or nutrients made in a lab somewhere. This is sustenance from the best stuff on earth.
I’m starting to sound like part-owner of the company or something, which I obviously am not, but I am a big fan of Onnit’s products, including the original Hemp Force. Needless to say, I’m more than excited to try this new vanilla Hemp Force recipe. I hope to have some in my hands within a week or two, so check back soon for my full Onnit Hemp Force Vanill-Acai protein powder review!
Certain days of the week can be a little more hectic than others. You may not have the time it takes to prepare a morning kale shake to get your day started off on the right foot. On those days, you might want something that’s a little quicker to prepare before you head out the door to start your day.
That’s when a protein shake can come in handy. Packed with vitamins, nutrients, and of course protein, a shake can take the place of breakfast and hold you over until your morning snack or even lunch. Onnit’s Hemp Force protein powder fits the bill nicely, but what’s a quick and easy way to prepare it?
Recently Joe Rogan revealed on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience what his Hemp Force recipe is. He adds a can of his favorite coconut water—C2O Coconut Water to be precise—with a couple scoops of Onnit’s Hemp Force protein powder and he’s good to go. No need to prepare fruits and vegetables, and no need for a blender either. Simply pour the can into a cup, add in the Hemp Force powder, stir, and drink.
Onnit’s Hemp Force protein powder is packed with amino acids, fiber, omega fatty acids, and protein. With ingredients like maca root, cocoa, and stevia, it’s not only healthy, but one of the sweetest and most delicious protein shakes available. Try it using Joe Rogan’s recipe with C2O coconut water, or kick it up a notch using my recipe found on this website for something that tastes more like a milkshake than something that’s good for you!
Yesterday I wrote about making my own Onnit Hemp Force protein powder because I found many of the ingredients at a local bulk food store. While I didn’t find hemp protein powder in bulk, I did find hulled hemp seeds in bulk, which got me thinking. Could I buy some hulled hemp seeds, toss them in my Blendtec Wildside blender and make my own hemp protein powder?
Turns out that I can’t. At least not easily. Hemp protein powder isn’t made by simply blending up hemp seeds into an ultra fine powder. In fact, to make hemp protein powder, you have to first separate the hemp seeds from the shell. Next, the seeds are separated from its natural oil, leaving three products: the hemp shells, the hemp seeds, and the hemp oil. The seeds are then dried to remove moisture. Finally, the seeds are added back with the shells and ground into a fine powder, producing hemp protein powder.
Hulled hemp seeds are whole hemp seeds that have the outer shell removed. As a result, it would be impossible for me to replicate store-bought hemp protein powder using hulled hemp seeds. However, all is not lost. Turns out that the absence of the outer shell removes the fiber and the minerals. This means that the total protein count is higher when compared to an equal amount or serving of whole hemp seeds.
Confusing, right? To complicate things further, some people prefer using ground hulled hemp seeds over manufactured hemp protein powder because virtually all protein powders contain chemicals (more on this in a future blog post.) So what can be done is to grind up hulled hemp seeds into a fine powder and use that instead of hemp protein powder. The one caveat is that you have to double or triple the amount of powder that you use to equal the protein of a store-bought hemp protein powder. However, you can rest easy knowing that you’re using something completely natural that you made yourself, 100% free of chemicals.
I mentioned in an couple of earlier blog posts about the benefits of hemp, more specifically in a protein powder form. It’s a great source of not only protein but also essential fatty acids and antioxidants as well. For months I used a few different types of hemp protein powders from Manitoba Harvest, like the one with added fibre, one which was vanilla flavored and one which was chocolate flavored as well.
One of my favorite nutritional/supplement companies is Onnit, and they released their own version of a hemp protein powder last year called Hemp Force. I must say, I was very surprised with the taste of it, sweetened with stevia (a natural zero-calorie sweetener) and cocoa so not only is it healthy, but it’s delicious as well. Also added is maca root, which has been used for centuries to boost energy and act as a natural aphrodisiac.
I’d say I have an overactive libido anyways, so I can’t comment on the power of maca in that respect, but I can tell you that the taste of Hemp Force protein powder was absolutely delicious. I’ve tried it mixed with milk, a little natural unsweetened greek yogurt and a bit of peanut butter and when mixed in my blender, created something that tasted so tremendous it was hard to believe that it was actually good for me.
On the topic of blending protein powder, I found that Manitoba Harvest–even after being blasted through the blades of my Blendtec blender–was grainy and I knew it was in there. I’m not sure what process is used with Onnit’s Hemp Force, but I had no grainy texture in any of my shakes. Just a subtle chocolatey flavor that elevated my daily shake routine from something I did each morning to something I look forward to drinking each day.
The unfamiliar may equate hemp with marijuana, and then conclude that there’s no way you could lose weight with hemp, as you’ll just want to sit around all day on the couch eating Cheetos. The fact is that hemp is not marijuana, it won’t get you high, and it can actually be used to help you lose weight. Of course a balanced diet and exercise is crucial, but adding hemp to your daily food routine could give you that edge to shed a few extra pounds.
The cocktail of calories, complex carbohydrates, and protein found in hemp hearts can give you the added boost of energy to muscle through a kettle bell or Battle Rope workout, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or just help you get through your day without feeling drained. Hemp provides you this energy without any caffeine or sugar that you’d find in an energy drink or coffee. In powder form, it’s easy to add it to your meals (in a smoothie, or mixed in with oatmeal) without changing your existing diet.
We know hemp is packed with protein, which is good because protein is crucial for making us feel full. This is especially useful during the stretches in between meals where we may be tempted to make a run for the office vending machine, making an impulse decision to inhale a bag of chips or a chocolate ball to satiate our hunger. If we can stay full longer, we can reduce impulsive eating and ultimately make healthier choices during mealtime.
If you’ve eaten poorly in the past, maybe during the holidays or at a point in your life when you made less intelligent decisions, you’ve likely had to deal with constipation. It’s definitely not pleasant to contend with, and if you’re trying to lose weight, can be a little defeating when you step on the scale and see you aren’t losing much weight. Hemp hearts are packed with fibre and they’re easily digestible, helping to keep you regular, remove waste, and see the number on the scale roll down.
The strange thing about hemp in the United States is that it’s legal to have a T-shirt made of hemp, legal to add hemp protein powder to your oatmeal or smoothie, and legal to have hemp oil for medicinal purposes. But don’t you think about growing hemp for its fiber, for food, or for medicinal use, because you’ll be tossed in prison! This doesn’t make any sense to me, especially since hemp is missing virtually all of the THC that makes marijuana so much fun.
On the bright side for you Americans, you can still import hemp from us Canadians and enjoy the many benefits of this Super Plant. While having clothes made from hemp may not interest most people, those who are looking to lose weight may want to consider adding hemp to their diets whenever possible. There are a wide range of hemp protein powders available from companies like Manitoba Harvest (made in Canada!) and the new Hemp Force protein powder from Onnit as well.
As I mentioned, hemp is an amazing source of protein and it won’t bloat you and leave you with gas the way that whey protein so often does. But hemp oil is also beneficial as its ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is 3 or 4:1. The ratio of hemp oil is approximately this, and it’s one of the only seeds with a ratio that high. For adding to smoothies or shakes, hemp oil is a better choice than something like a flaxseed oil for instance.
Adding hemp to your diet long-term could also lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and help control your blood sugar as well since you’re obtaining fatty acids and protein from a source that isn’t full of refined carbohydrates, sugars, or starches. Diabetics also find that it helps improve circulation, as hemp can reduce inflammation.
And this is just scratching the surface in terms of health benefits of hemp. A little mind-blowing that this plant is still illegal, isn’t it?