Strange But Good: Hemp Protein

Lately it seems all of my friends are moving to Colorado.


For reasons that are not hemp-related.

I want to move to Colorado too – not for the recent legalization, but for the healthy vibe people have and the amazing skiing.  In the meantime, I’ll gladly enjoy my hemp down here in Georgia thanks to Onnit.

Onnit sent over an awesome package of their hemp-based products for me to try out via a FitFluential campaign.  (FYI: hemp will not get you high and it won’t cause you to fail a drug test).  I received Onnit’s Hemp FORCE in Cocoa-Maca and Vanilla-Acai, the Walnut Almond Cashew & Macadamia Cacao Cherry Nut Butters, and a canister of Earth Grown Nutrients.



I’d been lucky enough to meet a couple of the Onnit team members and try them out at the Blend Retreat last year.  Their Walnut Almond Cashew Nut Butter left a lasting impression (I may have absconded with a jar).

Needless to say, I didn’t waste anytime devouring opening that jar.  It was fabulous atop a #strangebutgood protein cake for breakfast!  This creation was based on the protein loaf Debbie linked up.


My favorite was the Coca Maca.  I live for chocolate.  I mean… it’s all about the health benefits!  Cocoa in antioxidants and helps regulate blood sugar levels.  It’s even thought to relax sore muscles.  Many of you know about maca already; it helps boost the endocrine system and libido.

I’ve been using a scoop mixed with almond milk and a little cinnamon in healthy desserts.  I mix it together in a teeny bowl and microwave it for 10-12 seconds to make a hot, fudg-y topping.

This one was particularly good – sweet potato cubes, a diced Arctic Zero ice cream bar, and the aforementioned hot fudge.  Strange?  Yes.  Good?  Most definitely.

Sweet Potato Coco Maca Protein Bowl


The Vanilla-Acai protein powder surprised me.  I’m normally not a big fan of fruity-protein powders but this one had a fantastic taste – not fake or processed.

I couldn’t resist making a #strangebutgood combo with it (recipe at the bottom).  It has tofu in it.  Don’t freak out.  If you’ve ever tried my Carrot Cake Batter Shake, you know that tofu makes for an amazingly thick ‘n creamy smoothie.  Besides texture, I added it here for the extra protein.  The only downside to this protein powder is that a serving is only 15g of protein.

Vanilla Acai Hemp Protein Smoothie (Bowl)

Vanilla Acai Protein Smoothie (Bowl)


Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (I use a Vitamx) and blend until smooth.

Transfer to a cup or bowl, top as desired, and enjoy!


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself here using coupon code FitFood10 for 10% off any Onnit product!

Do you like hemp?  (The protein.  Don’t incriminate yourself. 😉 )

What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten this week?



  1. says

    If it’s good enough for Joe Rogan it’s good enough for me! I actually really like the taste of hemp protein but it’s that coco maca stuff that I’m eyeing up… I’m pretty sure I could bathe in that

  2. says

    We actually have a Denver office, and I could totally take an all expense paid trip there. I’d have to work during normal business hours but my nights and weekend would be free. I keep meaning to schedule something because I hear so many good things about Colorado.

  3. says

    Haahahah! I know this is the first thing you mentioned, but I still get so scared of hemp as an athlete as I do get drug tested from time to time. I cant get over the idea of it being….well hemp! I need to confront this fear….its just my running career means so much to me that its hard to get my head around it! Does look good though!

  4. says

    That sweet potato combo sounds heavenly. I like hemp seeds but Ive never tried hemp protein. I guess they’re basically the same. I toss em in smoothies for a little extra staying power!

    • Laura says

      Thanks! It’s a little different in that it’s more concentrated to get a significant amount of protein, but still has that delicious nutty taste to it. :)

    • Laura says

      Didn’t you try it at Blend last year? I still have my favorite protein, but I like to keep a variety on hand. I’m moody like that. 😉

  5. says

    Who else is moving to Colorado? My lease in Denver starts on March 22 and I can’t WAIT. Tell me who else I get to make friends with! (And PS, come visit anytime.)

    • Laura says

      Everyone is there!!! Heather (Better With Veggies), Katie (Yes I Want Cake), Lauren (Me & the Mountains)… it’s like a blogger mecca. Must figure this out… in the meantime, I will totally crash! Heather probably gets sick of me taking over her guest room. 😉

  6. says

    I want to move to Coloradooooo! Never tried hemp protein but keep hearing great things, kinda taking a break from powders etc for now due to the expense but will def take a look when I’m back in the market for some! :)


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