Fruit-free Keto Green Smoothie with Smooth Hemp Protein
August 31, 2014 by
Leanne VogelNovember 2, 2017
A low-carbohydrate, keto, fruit-reduced green smoothie with the smoothest of hemp proteins – Manitoba Harvest’s new Vanilla Pro 70 hemp protein powder.
I got to experience something really awesome this week – I toured a hemp field!
Manitoba Harvest – my favorite source for omega 3-rich, keto hemp oil, seeds and proteins, invited me to visit their facility, cook in their kitchen + hang out with their team for 2 solid days of awesome. I’ll be sharing more about my visit later this week.
The craziest part to the trip was hearing how many consumers have the wrong idea about hemp. So, before we get into today’s keto recipe, I want to clarify: consuming hemp will NOT get you high or make you fail a drug test. Hemp is one of the only seeds that’s rich in protein, high in omega-3’s and is one of the only sources of edible GLA (a fatty acid that reduces inflammation, regulates hormones, lowers cholesterol and balances skin conditions).
Now that that’s out of the way…
Have you added hemp protein to a smoothie before? It doesn’t dissolve in water. It IS however, great used as a keto, grain-free flour (check out this recipe for Grain-free Banana Bread Protein Cakes using hemp protein).
Manitoba Harvest’s *new* Pro 70 Hemp Protein Powder is the first hemp protein that fully dissolves in water. It’s SMOOTH – no grittiness. What I love about this keto protein powder is that it’s single source – it’s just hemp seed. And the flavored varieties (vanilla + chocolate) are lightly sweetened with coconut sugar. The plain version has no sugar. It’s nut-free, keto, and virtually safe for all eating styles – vegan, low-carb, ketogenics, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, etc.
The key to success in my ketosis journey has been getting creative with blended drinks. You can add SO many more healthy keto fats to a blended coffee or smoothie than you could eat in an entire days worth of keto meals. That’s how this keto smoothie recipe came about. It can pack about 1/3 of your daily fat requirements, if that’s what you’re into. It’s low in carbs, keto, low in sugar with a moderate amount of protein. Perfecto!
If you’re rockin’ the ketosis like me, add 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil, 1-2 tablespoons of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Oil or flavored fish oil, and/or a handful of raw macadamia nuts or sunflower seeds to this smoothie to make it a keto Fat Bomb! Otherwise, follow the recipe below and check out the nutritional information (once on page, scroll down) if it interests you.
Yes, avocados and lemons are technically considered “fruits”, so this smoothie isn’t exactly “fruit-free” but it’s very close to it and only contains a touch of overall sugar ;)
35 g avocado (approximately ½ medium-sized avocado)
50 g raw baby spinach (approximately 1 cup)
4 ice cubes
Add ingredients to the jug of your high-powered blender in the order they’re listed in the recipe. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until smooth. Serve immediately.
To transform into a keto FAT BOMB recipe: add 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil, 1-2 tablespoons of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Oil or flavored fish oil, and/or a handful of raw macadamia nuts or sunflower seeds.
View Nutrition Information (once on page, scroll down)Hemp! What do you (or your friends) think about it? Have you tried the highly-fibrous protein powder and been turned off by the experience?For those practicing ketosis, what other dairy-free fat strategies have you created or come across that help you meet your daily keto fat requirements?