Building muscle on a plant-based diet can be challenging…at first. Once I did my research I found out that there are plenty of very healthy and viable sources for protein within the plant based food groups!
I drink about one smoothie a day and when I am doing a lot of weight training I like to get my post workout protein in this way. The best way I have found to get this protein is to make smoothies with a base of hemp seeds. What I especially like about hemp seeds is that they are affordable, last a while, are RAW, provide a high amount of bioavailable (the degree to which it is absorbed) protein AND when mixed with water, they create a milky base for smoothies. Having this “base” opens up a whole new world of recipe possibilities not to mention works well with the good old standby vanilla, chocolate or strawberry smoothie flavors.
In terms of the best brand, I have tried several I like them all but my favorite is Nutiva. Their Organic version is readily available and affordable. Sometimes I can’t get organic in the other brands. Also, make SURE you get the RAW HULLED/SHELLED SEEDS! If you buy the hemp powder, you will get a very green taste, not ot mention a more processed product. These are my top three favorite brands of hemp seeds.
I have a few favorite hemp seed recipes, but below is my current favorite.