Sunday, June 1, 2014

kiwi blackberry hemp smoothie {giveaway}

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It is rare to see a giveaway or a sponsored review on this blog, come to think about it this is a first. Over the years I have had several companies reach out looking to sponsor a post or send along a product for review, however none of them ever felt like the right fit. A few weeks back Pacific Foods approached me looking to see if I would be interested in participating in their non dairy month during the month of June; I jumped at the chance! First I love Pacific's line of vegan products and have been a loyal customer for several years, secondly I love the fact that there is a whole month dedicated to promoting dairy alternatives. Each week I will be featuring a smoothie and recipe featuring the non dairy beverage of the week. This week let me introduce you to Hemp Milk, which just so happens to be one of my favorites!

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Pacific is a company that carries many of the core values I look for in a Company,  they are NON GMO, Certified to the Source & Organic, which are all important  to me. Their main philosophy : Grow Better, Farm Friendlier, Never a Rogue Filbert Shall This Way Pass- read their full story here. .

Hemp milk is a powerhouse - a great source of plant based nutrition containing Omega 3 and 6, 10 essential amino acids and 4 grams of digestible  protein plus a whole slew of other amazing benefits that you can read about here.
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If you follow me on Instagram {if you don't you totally should!} you already know of my recent smoothie obsession. When the warmer weather hits I like to start my day off with a smoothie or as a post workout fix. This smoothie features 3 different sources of hemp: hemp milk, hemp seeds & hemp protein {powder}. Hemp protein is a high quality source of protein due to its high rate of digestibility. The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body. One of my favorite things about hemp in general is the nuttiness it brings to the table- super tasty. 
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All the hemp goodness is blended together with blackberries, kiwi and banana then topped off with a sprinkle of hemp seeds. The hemp milk I used already had hints of vanilla, but for a little extra vanilla goodness you could add in a splash of pure vanilla extract.

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My favorite thing about a smoothie besides the endless combinations- they come together super fast. You can blend this in a large capacity food processor or a blender, in a pinch an immersion blender also works really well.

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Wanna participate in non dairy month? Tag your non diary creations with #nondairymonth and  if you decide to try your hand at this smoothie I would love to see your creation, tag it with #smbp!
One last thing! Pacific would love to hook one of SMBP Readers up with a case of Hemp Milk- enter below for a chance to win! 
{The giveaway will run until 12:00am EST on 6-6-14 and is open to US residents only. 
Please use the box below to enter.}
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Kiwi Blackberry Hemp Smoothie
makes 1 smoothie

you will need:
1 ripe banana {frozen or fresh}
6 blackberries {frozen or fresh}
1 kiwi peeled and sliced in half
1 (8oz) container of Pacific Vanilla Hemp Milk
1 tsp hemp powder/protien
1 tsp hemp seeds + more for sprinkling
splash of vanilla extract {optional}

assembly:
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass, top with extra hemp seeds and enjoy!




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*I was given this product to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own
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19 comments:

  1. A delicious power drink! Great for any time of the day.

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  2. I love that hemp milk has a unique flavor, is a good source of protein and it's dairy-free!

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  3. Yum! I need extra protein these days!

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  4. Hemp milk is such a nice addition to smoothies. Great over cereal too!

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  5. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm curious about it.

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  6. I've never tried hemp milk, but it has awesome nutritional benefits and I'm dying to try it!

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  7. I love that hemp milk is great in smoothies and a good alternative to soy! I like to avoid eating too much of any one thing.

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  8. I can't wait to try your smoothie! I love smoothies, this morning I had almond milk with banana, dates, flax seeds and raw cacao powder.

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  9. I have never tried hemp milk but I would love to!

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  10. I really enjoy Pacific's oat milk and would love to try the hemp option! Thanks for the great recipe :).

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  11. I like hemp milk because it's earthy...and because (I hope) it has other nutrients from the ones found in more easily-accessible almond/soy milk!

    -Zosia

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  12. I've never tried it because I am so in love with almond milk...but I am definitely opening to try something new!

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  13. I've never actually had hemp milk because I can never find it in my local grocery stores (sometimes not even at Whole Foods), but I've been dying to try it for awhile, so this would be a great opportunity to do so :-)

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  14. I love hemp milk for it's protein content!

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  15. I live that it has a lot of protein.

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  16. Hemp is so awesome! Full of clean plant protein!

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  17. I've never tried hemp milk, but it sounds really great!

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  18. I'm so excited to make this tonight! Thank you for sharing and for this wonderful site :)

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  19. hmmmmm, looking delicious i love this milk it is full of protien.

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