Hemp is one of my top health-promoting foods, and I include it in my diet in every way I can with homemade hemp milk, hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, and hemp oil. Hemp seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy plant based fats, antioxidants, fiber, live enzymes, and natural chlorophyll. Hemp is also an amazing source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, and contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to repair tissues, particularly after exercise. Hemp also contains valuable calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fiber and B Vitamins, for heart, respiratory, and skin health, and is an amazing immune booster.
Hemp seeds also contain complete protein with all 10 essential amino acids. In fact, the amino acid, Edestin is present only in hemp. Edestin is considered integral to our DNA, making hemp the closest plant based source of protein to our own human amino acid profile. Not only is hemp protein of excellent quality, it is highly digestible. It's very easily absorbed by the body, not requiring much energy, which leaves more available for muscle regeneration and fat metabolism.
I've used hemp milk, hemp seeds, and hemp oil in this smoothie. You could also boost this smoothie with hemp protein powder. I prefer vanilla-flavored hemp protein powder, which is less grassy than the plain varieties.
Aside from the goodness in the hemp, this smoothie is loaded with antioxidants from the frozen berries, goji berries, and macqui powder. If you haven't used maqui powder yet, try it. This is one of the highest known antioxidant food sources known. Add two teaspoons of this vibrant purple powder to a smoothie and you have a miraculous anti-aging tonic. The best part is, maqui powder has an incredibly mild flavor that blends in all-but-unnoticed to any smoothie.
This antioxidant blast smoothie is berry good :)
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.