How to Make Your Own Onnit Hemp Force Protein Powder

How to Make Your Own Onnit Hemp Force Protein PowderOne of the cool things I originally liked about Onnit when I first heard about the company on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast was how it provides a list of ingredients for many (all?) of its products on its website. That way, as Joe would say, if you wanted to make your own at home, you could. I can say now that I think they do this knowing that there’s no way you’ll be able to replicate their products 100%.

What I set out to accomplish was to make my own Hemp Force protein powder. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I found a local source for maca root powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, and stevia. I then purchased some Manitoba Harvest hemp protein powder since hemp powder wasn’t available in bulk form. Finally, some vanilla extract completed the ingredients list. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any vanilla extract powder either, so the liquid variety would have to suffice.

Over the course of the next five days I concocted two shakes per day trying to replicate the undeniably delicious Onnit Hemp Force recipe. Some of my shakes were overpoweringly sweet, no doubt due to using too much stevia. Others had too much vanilla or cocoa taste, thanks to too much of those ingredients, obviously. Some simply just didn’t offer much in the taste department, likely because I was being too modest with the cocoa, stevia, and vanilla. This proved to be much more difficult than I had anticipated.

In the end, what I learned is that I couldn’t replicate Onnit Hemp Force protein powder. While I did have a list of all the ingredients, I didn’t know what ratio to use them in. Ultimately, it was cheaper to just spend the money on buying the real thing rather than trying unsuccessfully to make my own. It’s also easier, cuts down on prep time, and you have the peace of mind knowing exactly what you’re getting. If you managed to breakdown the Hemp Force recipe, please comment with the ratios because I’d love to try it!

Joe Rogan’s Angry Hulk Loads Recipe

Joe Rogan's Angry Hulk Loads RecipeYesterday Joe Rogan tweeted about a modified version of his Hulk Loads kale shake recipe. It’s quite similar with the exception of one important ingredient which gives the shake its dark red/brown color: beets! Check out his tweet below where he lists all the fruits and vegetables that go into his Angry Hulk Loads shake.

One more thing: Because I know that some people will wonder just how he prepares these Hulk Loads, Joe Rogan uses a Blendtec Designer 625 blender which can be found on the Onnit website or at Amazon. Enjoy!

Is Bolthouse Farms Juice Healthy?

Is Bolthouse Farms Juice Healthy?I’m always looking for ways to save time, so lately I’ve been using Bolthouse Farms juice for smoothies in my morning shakes instead of buying and blending all the fruit on my own. It’s surprising how many fruits can be blended and poured into one of these relatively small bottles!

But my one concern with them was always whether they were healthy. A lot of these ready-to-drink “health” foods are actually packed with added sugar and salt to make them taste better. While you may be thinking you’re choosing something a lot healthier than a can of soda or Kool-Aid, it may only be marginally better for you.

Bolthouse Farms juice on the other hand contains a large amount of fruit per bottle. It’s actually listed on the side of the label exactly how many apples, bananas, pears, berries, etc. are in each bottle. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll see that puree of each of these fruits is in the recipe, along with some fruit juice as well. What isn’t added is sugar since this is naturally occurring in the fruit. This is precisely what you want to look for when choosing a juice for your daily shake.

I keep a variety of Bolthouse Farms juice for smoothies in the fridge at all times as they make it so much quicker to prepare a shake each morning. Depending on what I want on a particular day, I may reach for the Green Goodness (apples, kiwis, mangoes, spinach) or the Strawberry Banana as the base of my drink, adding in Hemp Force protein powder and a few handfuls of kale to take things to the next level. Delicious, quick, and healthy too!

Blendtec Blender Review

blendtec-blender-review-for-smoothies-andshakesWhat Vitamix and Blendtec blenders have in common is that they’re both commercial-grade blenders, come with a BPA-free pitcher, and they’re powerful enough to obliterate virtually anything that you throw in them. Seriously, the Blendtec is so powerful, it can blend everything from an iPhone and iPad to marbles, glow sticks, golf balls, and even a skeleton. Blendtec’s series of Will it Blend? YouTube videos are viral marketing at its finest.

While most Blendtec Total Blender Classic WildSide owners haven’t blended any non-food items in their blenders, it’s safe to say that all will have tried blending food. One issue that many people encounter with low-end blenders is that adding protein powder will leave a smoothie or shake with a grainy texture. Occasionally, there will be some frozen fruit that wasn’t blended completely too. These are no longer issues with a Blendtec blender, as it can literally turn ice into snow.

You can make a lot of things with a blender, and the Blendtec has a series of buttons along its face for some of the more commonly-used tasks for a blender. There’s a button for ice cream and frozen yogurt, one for ice cream milkshakes, another for soups, syrups and fondues, one for salad dressings and batters, one for whole juice, and one dedicated just to smoothies. This makes it dead easy to prepare a smoothie each morning, as the blender knows how long to blend your concoction for, and it speeds up and slows down automatically ensuring everything is blended. If you need more or less power, there are manual speed settings on the blender’s face as well.

So why choose a Blendtec blender over the Vitamix? Well, a Blendtec will slide under your counter if you want to keep it out in plain sight, while most Vitamix models are too tall. The Blendtec also has a unique square-shaped pitcher which helps eliminate “clogs” or food from getting stuck. To get around this, the Vitamix includes the tamper or plunger to help push food down. In other areas the blenders are similar, both offering a seven-year warranty, manual, and a recipe book.

Joe Rogan’s company Onnit sells the Blendtec WildSide for much lower than the MSRP, but Amazon also has a variety of Blendtec blenders at affordable prices. Just be certain that you’re ordering from one of these websites or another OFFICIAL Blendtec retailer, otherwise the warranty will not be valid. If you happen to run into any issues–and let’s face it, even the world’s most expensive cars break down from time to time–it’s nice to know that you’ll be taken care of by a company like Blendtec who provides great customer service.

Vitamix Blender Review

Vitamix Blender for Smoothies and ShakesVitamix is the only blender trusted by the Culinary Institute of America to train its chef’s, so if it’s good enough for the professionals, it must be good for the average smoothie-making consumer right? Well, yes and no. Like with all products, my Vitamix 1363 CIA blender has its pros and cons, but fortunately, the good points outweigh the bad.

Let’s get started with the good points: the Vitamix is powerful enough to blend through fruits, vegetables, frozen food, and ice without issue. Even seeds from an apple or berries are completely pulverized, leaving you with a smoothie that’s just as good as something you’d buy at one of those expensive juice/smoothie stores. It has a BPA-free pitcher, a seven-year warranty, and includes a tamper, which is essentially a small stick that goes in the top of the blender to push down ingredients if they become stuck. The face of the blender has a dial which you can use to manually increase or decrease the speed of the blades.

The deal breaker for many people will be the height of the Vitamix. I believe they do sell smaller pitchers than the 64-ounce one that’s included with the Vitamix, but unless you purchase that one, the Vitamix will not fit under your kitchen cabinets. So your choices are to leave it on the counter, pushed out from the cabinets, buy the smaller pitcher, or put it away after each use. For those of us who use our blenders everyday, this is a bit of an inconvenience. Noise is also worth mentioning (the Vitamix is very loud!) but even less expensive blenders can be quite noisy.

Speaking of price, the cost may also be an issue. I touched on this previously in another blog post, but a Vitamix blender will cost anywhere from $350 up to $500 depending on the model chosen and where you purchase it. It may seem like an expensive investment at first, but a Vitamix can provide you with commerical-grade smoothies, puddings, salad dressings, ice cream, and even grind your coffee beans for you. Considering the versatility and the quality of the Vitamix, the cost certainly seems more reasonable.