Orange and Vanilla Hemp Shake

OrangeVanillaHempShakeServes 1

1 Large Navel Orange, Skin Cut Off And White Rind Removed

1 Large Banana

2 Cups Hemp Milk

Seeds From 1/2 Vanilla Bean, Scraped Out, Or 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Tbsp Hemp Protein Powder

4 Large Kale Leaves, Tough Stems Removed


Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender till smooth. Can serve one or two, depending on appetite!

Some notable health benefits of this smoothie/shake include Vitamin C from the orange, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein from the hemp milk and hemp protein, natural energy from the sweetness of banana and orange, Vitamin A, iron, and calcium from the kale, and a bundle of phytonutrients. Plus the deliciousness that is fresh vanilla!


The need-a-spoon-consistency Green Smoothie

This one has garnered a bit of attention of late – it was the lucky winner of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s photo of the week last week and I was a very happy camper when I found out about that!  Given its popularity I thought I’d post the recipe and share the love. I appreciate this may not be everyone’s cup of tea – it is (clearly) very green and thick and it is full of salady ingredients combined with sweet ingredients that may prove an acquired taste for some. In any case it makes for a great breakfast or lunch if you’re flagging, running late, can’t be bothered to chop or all of the above. So here goes:


I made this in a standard blender.


Appx. 130g hemp milk (or other choice of milk)

1 scoop of pure hemp protein powder

2 big handfuls of english or baby spinach

A few sprigs of parsley

1/4 avocado

1 dessert spoon chia seeds (softened)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon hemp seed oil

1 heaped teaspoon maca powder (optional)

1 heaped tablespoon natural yoghurt

½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

¼ teaspoon dried turmeric

Raw honey to taste


Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend until really smooth. Pour (or scoop!) into a glass or cup and sprinkle with whatever your heart desires. Mine is sprinkled with shelled hemp & pumpkin seeds and goji berries.

Now go grab a spoon and enjoy!