Just received in the mail today: Nutiva(tm) brand Organic Hemp Protein Powder.
I have tried many, many kinds of protein powders. I have hated them all, for one reason or another. Most of the time it's because they're pre-sweetened with aspartame or saccharine or even straight-up sugar. Don't get me wrong; sweet stuff is good and all, but not on a regular basis. And with protein shakes, you have to consume untenably massive amounts on a regular basis.
I wanted to try this one because it also had a lot of other nutrients in it besides protein, and because all of these nutrients and protein were naturally-occurring, not chemically combined to form some alien mud substance.
Right away I noticed the difference. This stuff was powderized, but it's like powderized grass clippings -- olive-green in color, with a smell not unlike alfalfa hay.
The first thing I usually try is the make-or-break mixture: V8 juice. Since I drink a bottle of V8 every morning, it's a great candidate for a protein supplement... IF a suitable one can be found.
I swilled the V8/Hemp mixture. It did not dissolve, but that's typical of every protein supplement powder I've ever tried, so it wasn't a deal-breaker. The hemp powder is gritty, not hard like grains of dust or sand, but definitely noticeable. The grassy flavor didn't bother me too much, but I don't know if I'll be able to consume it on a daily basis yet.
I'll try. I have to. I definitely don't hate it as much as the last stuff I tried. And it doesn't get stuck and make me puke.
I tried something else this evening -- I mixed it into some mashed potatoes. And it's not bad at all. It's still got the gritty thing, and it turns the potatoes khaki-green, but I don't hate it.
This has potential. I'm not going to tell you it's the best, yummiest stuff I ever ate. But I've begun to conclude that a truly palatable protein powder just doesn't exist. And at least this stuff isn't artificial. Besides 11g of protein for every quarter-cup of powder, it also has Omega3 fatty acids in it, and a few other goodies.