Give hemp protein powder a try. I know this sounds like such a bandwagon thing to do since hemp is all the rage right now, but hemp protein powder is a great alternative to whey-based protein powders and even other plant-based protein powders. And, as researchers from North Carolina State University explain in this article from phys.org, while “Hemp and marijuana are, taxonomically speaking, the same plant,” hemp plants “contain no more than 0.3 percent (by dry weight) of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. By comparison, marijuana typically contains 5 to 20 percent THC. You can’t get high on hemp.”
I put hemp protein in my smoothies in the morning to give me an extra protein boost before I go to the gym and have found it to be much easier on my stomach than some of the other plant-based protein powders. Those powders made me feel bloated and weighted down, but hemp protein gives me just the “umph” I need without being too heavy. The key is to get just the hemp protein. If you get some of the “shake” or other blends, they can have other stuff in them, including added sugar. So read the ingredient label carefully in order to really take advantage of all the antioxidants, minerals, fiber and unsaturated fats that hemp protein offers. While other plant-based protein powders are also nutritious, I’ve found hemp protein to be just the right taste, consistency and nutritional value for me.
FYI – hemp powder is green, so if your smoothies aren’t normally green, you can expect a greener hue.