THE SKINNY ON PROTEIN AND HEMP POWDERS…

One of the most popular questions at the beginning of a new year, is how can I eat better? Smoothies are a great solution, and when you are too lazy to prep all the veggies (although you really should) there are other ways to gain some incredible nutrients from protein powders. Either a quick whizz in a blender or they can be easily incorporated to your recipes.
One of these is Hemp powder for a protein, fibre and omega-3 and 6 boost. Hemp is considered as one of the richest sources of plant protein found in nature providing your body with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support optimal health and well-being. It is an incredibly nutritious food and known for having a long list of health benefits. It is considered a “complete protein” containing all 9 essential amino acids that cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained from food.

Whey protein is another nutritious and filling addition to your diet. Organic whey protein has a high nutritional value, fuelling your body with nutrients and minerals. Besides providing a high-quality protein it contains many other healthy nutrients, like calcium and is rich in essential amino acids. It’s rich in Cysteine, Glycine and Glutamic acid which are renowned to support the body’s natural Glutathione production (Glutathione is often called the “master” antioxidant. It neutralises free radicals, boosts the immune system and detoxifies the body).

Check out a few of our favourite serving suggestions and smoothie recipes using these products. Quick to make, nutrient dense delicious to drink. It’s a no brainer.

HEMP SMOOTHIE

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HEMP SMOOTHIE RECIPE
250-300ml almond milk
30g INCA Organics Hemp powder (Use less powder e.g. 1/2 for a milder earthy/nutty flavour)
1 ripe banana
Dash of Honey or Maple Syrup
Blueberries (optional)
Ice cubes (optional)
¼ tsp Cinnamon (to sprinkle)
Blend ingredients until creamy and smooth. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.

HEMP BANANA PROTEIN PANCAKES RECIPE
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
½ cup almond or whole wheat flour
1-2 Tbsp INCA Organics Hemp+Cacao
protein powder
½ Tbsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
splash of your favourite milk/plant milk
coconut oil (for frying pancakes)

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS:
yogurt mixed with honey, berries, peanut butter, cinnamon or drizzle with organic raw honey or maple syrup for added sweetness.
METHOD:
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Thin the batter out with a little bit of your chosen milk. Add batter to preheated, non-stick pan (lightly grease with little coconut oil in between batches). Using approx. 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, cook for ca. 2 min or until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook for a further 1- 2 min or until cooked through. Serve with
toppings of choice and enjoy!

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PORRIDGE OATS

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Tip: Stir a scoop of INCA Organics protein powder to give your porridge a nutrient and protein boost (you can stir to the bowl just before eating, no need to add it to the water/milk while cooking the oats).This combo can help boost energy, aid digestion and the protein can rebuild damaged muscles from strenuous exercise, provide essential nutrients and also help you feel fuller for longer. Add toppings such as fresh fruit, honey, nuts or seeds.

Here is a simple protein oats recipe:
• 1/2 cups rolled oats
• ca 1 cup of your favourite dairy/ plant milk or water
• Pinch of salt
• 1 scoop of INCA Organics protein powder
• 1 banana, sliced diagonally
• ¼ tsp cinnamon

Place oats and milk into a saucepan over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, stir, then boil for 5 minutes until oats are thick and creamy. Add a dash of milk after cooking. Stir 1 scoop of protein powder to the bowl. Top with banana, cinnamon and dash of honey.

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