Blackberry Hemp Protein Smoothie + Plant-Based Protein Tips
If you’re looking for a delicious vegan protein smoothie, you’ve come to the right place. This plant-based hemp protein smoothie is packed full of protein-rich super foods like shelled hemp hearts and chia seeds. Just one tablespoon of hemp seeds contains 5.3 grams of protein! Since this smoothie contains 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds, you’re getting over 10 grams of protein in just one glass! Plus, just one tablespoon of chia seeds contains 2 grams of protein, so you’re actually getting closer to 12 grams of protein when you consume this tasty hemp protein smoothie.
Depending on how much you weigh and how active you are, this smoothie could meet a healthy percentage of your recommended dietary allowance for protein, especially if you start your day off strong and drink it first thing in the morning (or after you drink your coffee and/or glass of warm lemon water). Plus, this smoothie is naturally sweetened with nutritious fruits such as fresh blackberries and frozen bananas so you get an antioxidant boost as well. When combined with deliciously creamy almond milk, you get a glass of blended goodness!
How Much Protein Do You Need?
It can be difficult to determine how much protein you should actually consume on a daily basis. According to Harvard Health, the average person should consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. To calculate how much protein you need, you can simply multiply your total weight in pounds by 0.36. For an extensive look at how much protein, macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals you need daily, enter your personal information into this online calculator.
So, if you weigh around 130 pounds, you need approximately 46.8 grams of protein each day. If you start your day off with this smoothie, you’ll meet more than 25% of your daily protein needs! When combined with other protein-rich plant-based sources like beans, cooked pasta, nuts, lentils, quinoa, nutritional yeast, tofu, and tempeh – you’ll have no problem at all meeting your daily protein needs.
Blackberry Hemp Protein Smoothie
Ok, now back to the smoothie. This smoothie is delicious, easy to whip up, and it’s so good for you!
Just a few notes and tips for making this Hemp Protein Smoothie:
- Feel free to use any type of non-dairy milk in this recipe. I use almond milk, but any plant-based milk would work well.
- Hemp hearts can be expensive, so I recommend purchasing them from Trader Joe’s.
- Chia seeds can also be expensive – especially organic chia seeds. I like buying them online in bulk.
How to Make this Blackberry Hemp Protein Smoothie
What are your favorite plant-based protein sources? How do you meet your daily recommended protein needs while following a plant-based diet? Share your secrets with us!