Benefits of Hemp Milk + Recipe

What is hemp milk?

There are plenty of milk alternatives to choose from nowadays but today, we’re here to tell you about hemp milk! If you haven’t read our “What exactly is Hemp?” article, then here’s some background for you. Hemp milk is made from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. Don’t get confused though, hemp milk will not alter your state of mind! Even though hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, their genetics and cultivation process are different. The products that are recreational and medicinal are made from the flowers of the cannabis sativa plant. Whereas, hemp milk is made from the seeds of the plant.

hemp milk being poured

How is it made?

Hemp milk can be made by blending water and the seeds of the hemp plant together. Sweeteners and vanilla extract can be added too! It’s flavor is often described as earthy and nutty, but unlike soy and almond milk, hemp milk’s consistency can be a little thicker. It really all depends on how you make it or which brand you decide to use.

What are the benefits?

Hemp milk not only benefits our body but it’s also sustainable and awesome for our planet! It can be challenging to find both of those aspects in a plant because it’s usually one or the other. Let’s review its benefits!

1. It’s perfect for allergen-free diets.

Did you know that every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to an emergency room? Many Americans, 32 million to be more specific, suffer from food allergies. FARE, the Food Allergy Research and Education, have reported that there are more than 170 million foods that cause reactions in the US. However, there are 8 major food allergens that are responsible for food allergy reactions:

  • Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish

Since hemp milk is free of nuts, dairy, soy, and wheat, it makes the perfect milk alternative to those who suffer with allergies. Don’t forget that it’s loaded with awesome nutrients too!

the benefits of hemp milk

2. It’s good for the planet!

The cannabis sativa plant is a natural resistant to critters and pests. This means that farmers don’t need to use pesticides or harmful chemicals on their crops because the plant does it on it’s own. This is great because these chemicals often pollute Earth’s soil and water! It’s also important to note that unlike other cash crops, hemp grows at an accelerated pace. It doesn’t require nearly as many resources to thrive as other plant do. But get this, not only is the hemp plant a natural repellant and a resourceful species, it has the ability to combat global warming! Incredible, right? This is the process.

  • Photosynthesis

    First, hemp takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to form carbohydrates that structure the plant.

  • At the end of the process, oxygen is released back into the atmosphere.

  • Removing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere = the reversal of global warming.

Even though trees and other crops can aid in removing CO2 from our environments, they usually take significantly longer to grow and require a lot more space. Since hemp plants can be placed closer together, it makes a bigger impact on the greenhouse effect!

3. It can help prevent heart disease.

Hemp milk is rich in the amino acid, arginine. Arginine transforms into nitric oxide, a neurotransmitter (the body’s chemical messengers) that aids the blood vessels in the body to relax and improve circulation. Getting a good amount of arginine could help improve your heart health!

Let’s wrap it up!

All in all, hemp milk has a vast amount of factors that can aid our bodies and our planet! It’s can be difficult to find a milk alternative that possesses both of those factors so we’re thrilled to be sharing this information with you! You can buy hemp milk at local grocery stores or you can also make your own at home. Here’s our recipe!


Recipe

Tools

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Electric mixer
  • Serving/storing cup
  • Clean thin towel (for straining, optional)

Ingredients

  • Hulled hemp seeds (½ cup)
  • Water (3-4 cups)
  • Nature’s Flavors SweetenFX (1 tablespoon, optional)
  • Nature’s Flavors Natural Vanilla Extract (½ teaspoon, optional)

The Process

  1. To begin, combine the hemp seeds, water, salt, SweetenFX, and the vanilla extract in a high speed blender. Blend for about a minute or until your mixture looks like it’s been well combined.
  2. Make any adjustments if necessary and if you decide to strain your milk, now would be the time!
  3. Transfer your milk to your serving glasses or a sealed storage container and enjoy!
sweetenfx with Hemp Milk

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Vegan Mango Popsicles Recipe

Vegan Mango Popsicles

Since the weather is getting warmer, we’re creating snacks and treats to help keep you cool! We’ve created this Vegan Mango Popsicles Recipe to help fight that heat. There’s no messy mango cutting involved either. All you need is a bit of our delicious mango concentrate to get that delicious mango flavoring. We also added some of our orange food coloring to really get that mango vibe going! Shall we begin?

Tools

  • Small dixie cups
  • Dixie cups (6)
  • Popsicle sticks (6)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
organic mango concentrate

Ingredients

The Breakdown

  1. Begin by mixing 2 cups of vanilla greek yogurt, ½ a cup of soy milk, and 2 tablespoons of Nature’s Flavors SweetenFX.
  2. Add in ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Organic Mango Concentrate and mix! Make sure that the concentrate is evenly distributed.
  3. Next, add in that beautiful natural orange food color! We used ½ a teaspoon but feel free to adjust to your liking.
  4. Now that your mixture is ready, you can begin pouring it into your dixie cups. We used the smaller dixie cups and filled them up about ¾ of the way.
  5. We used coconut shreds on a few of our popsicles but feel free to use any toppings you’d like.
  6. Place a popsicle stick in the center of each dixie cup.
  7. Freeze the popsicles and allow them to set for 5-6 hours.
  8. We hope you enjoy this Vegan Mango Popsicles Recipe!
Vegan Mango Popsicles Recipe

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Healthy Banana Milk Recipe

Are you bananas about bananas? We are! Milk alternatives have gained popularity lately. In fact, we wrote an entire article about all the different types of milk alternatives. When we heard about banana milk, we were all over it! It’s nut free and dairy free so it’s perfect for those of you with allergies. It requires three ingredients and will probably take about two minutes to prepare. Let’s jump into this healthy banana milk recipe!

Banana Milk

Tools

  • Blender
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Freezer
  • Serving glass
Banana Milk

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Before making the banana milk, you want to make sure that the banana is frozen. This will ensure that you have cold banana milk! We recommend leaving the banana in the freezer for about an hour or so.
  2. Place the bananas, water, and Nature’s Flavors Organic Vanilla Extract in a blender. Blend for one minute.
  3. We hope you enjoyed this healthy banana milk recipe!
Banana Milk

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Chocolate Mint Avocado Pudding

We know what you’re thinking, avocado pudding!? We hear you and we get it BUT we stand by this delicious Chocolate Mint Avocado Pudding. There is zero avocado taste, we simply used it to give it that pudding texture that we are all used to. Not only is a hearty substitute but avocados contain plenty of awesome nutrients that are great for our bodies. Here are a few examples.

Avocados…

  • contain more potassium than bananas
  • are loaded with fiber
  • contain powerful antioxidants that help protect your eyes
  • are loaded with healthy fatty acids that are beneficial to our hearts

Tools

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Blender
  • Serving cups/glasses

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the avocadoes, soy milk, unsweetened coconut cream, Nature’s Flavors Organic Peppermint Flavor Extract, and Nature’s Flavors Organic Vanilla Extract in a blender. You want to make sure you add the liquids and thicker ingredients first to avoid your powders from sticking to the bottom or the sides of the blender. Blend on low for about 10 seconds.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, Nature’s Flavors Organic Cocoa Powder, Nature’s Flavors Organic Sugar-free SweetenFX, and the salt. Blend until everything is well combined. Scrape anything off the sides of the blender to make sure that all the ingredients are in.
  3. Spoon the pudding into your serving glasses and feel free to garnish your pudding with a few mint leaves.
  4. We hope you enjoy your Chocolate Mint Avocado Pudding!
chocolate mint avocado pudding

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Dietary supplements are all the rage right now. Everyone is trying to get healthy, especially with the new year right around the corner. Getting enough protein is crucial when trying to maintain a balanced diet. Protein can boost your metabolism, curb your appetite, and aid in losing body fat. We’ve been receiving a lot of questions regarding our flavor powders and how to incorporate them in protein shakes. What many of our customers don’t know is that our flavor powders are highly concentrated. Very little goes a long way! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake will get you all the protein you need. Let’s start!

Tools

  • Measuring spoons
  • Blender
  • Serving cup
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the flaxseed, Nature’s Flavors Organic Cocoa Powder, unflavored protein, Nature’s Flavors Natural Chocolate Flavor Powder, and peanut butter in a blender.
  2. Blend until you reach a thick consistency.
  3. If you’d like a stronger chocolate taste, slowly add in more of Nature’s Flavors Chocolate Flavor Powder.
    1. We usually suggest starting at a ratio of 0.25% to 4% (maximum) based on product weight but it’s all about preference for this recipe.
  4. Pour the Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake into your desired serving glass and enjoy!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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Banana Split Ice Cream in a Bag

Banana Split Ice Cream in a Bag

Happy friday everyone! Today, we have an activity that you can try with the kiddos over the weekend! We’re making Banana Split flavored Ice Cream…in a BAG! We know, it sounds absolutely bananas! It’s loads of fun and you can teach the babies a thing or two about science.

Science Behind Ice Cream in a Bag

You may be wondering how exactly you can make ice cream by using few ziplock bags. Well folks, when salt is added to ice, it lowers the ice’s melting point. It’s very similar to how when salt is added to frosty roads during the winter. In order for the ice to melt, it must absorb heat from its surroundings. The heat from the ice cream inside the ziplock bag is it’s first source. To melt, the ice contracts heat from the ice cream and this is what causes ice cream to freeze.

Banana Split Ice Cream in a Bag

Since ice cream is a compound, once all of it’s ingredients are combined, they are bounded together. These elements are chemically combined and they cannot be physically separated. In order to separate the ingredients throughout the compound, another chemical reaction would have to occur.

Banana Split Ice Cream in a Bag

Tools

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Begin by preparing the quart size ziplock bag. Add Nature’s Flavors Organic SweetenFX Sugar-free Sugar, half and half, Nature’s Flavors Organic Vanilla Extract, and Nature’s Flavors Banana Split Flavor Concentrate.
  2. Make sure to close the ziplock bag.
  3. Next, fill half of the gallon sized ziplock bag with ice.
  4. Add the salt to the ice.
  5. Place the quart sized bag inside the gallon sized bag and seal it.
  6. Shake, shake, shake!
  7. You’ll start to notice that ice cream will begin to form!
  8. Enjoy your Banana Split Ice Cream in a Bag!

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