1 Large Navel Orange, Skin Cut Off And White Rind Removed
1 Large Banana
2 Cups Hemp Milk
Seeds From 1/2 Vanilla Bean, Scraped Out, Or 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Hemp Protein Powder
4 Large Kale Leaves, Tough Stems Removed
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender till smooth. Can serve one or two, depending on appetite!
Some notable health benefits of this smoothie/shake include Vitamin C from the orange, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein from the hemp milk and hemp protein, natural energy from the sweetness of banana and orange, Vitamin A, iron, and calcium from the kale, and a bundle of phytonutrients. Plus the deliciousness that is fresh vanilla!
By: Wade McNutt
“Last night a couple of good friends came over to the house. It was great to catch up with good friends and have a few laughs. Now Dale and Howard are in the early 50’s and they both look amazing. They’ve followed my training and diet strategies for several years and look and at least 20 years younger than their chronological age. In fact they run circles around their friends who are half their age.
After we caught up on all the developments in our personal lives the topic quickly changed to “yep, you guessed it” diet and exercise. Both of the guys commented on how much bigger I am since we last spent time together a little over 6 months ago. In fact they said “okay Wade, what’s are you doing to pack on so much muscle?” “Are you eating a ton of protein, come up some wild supplement, or invented some new training strategy? Tell us what your doing!”
I had to laugh. “Well, you’re never going to believe it but I am lucky if I take in 50 grams of protein a day. I wish you could have seen the look of shock on their faces. Of course I was quick to follow up with the science behind the way I eat.
First off, I only consume protein that is live. In other words, protein that has not been denatured by heat, cooked, irradiated, or processed at high temperatures. My only sources of protein are plant proteins. In fact my favorite super protein is called Hemp protein, which is probably one of the most anabolic proteins on the planet.
First off I am doing a high-bred FBN training program but that’s been standard training science for me for the last few years. While it’s definitely high-level training, it’s no secret. Everybody who is a Freaky Insider is on one of the variants of the program.
How did I get big on 50 grams of protein a day when everyone else is slamming down two, three, even four hundred grams of protein or more a day in a futile attempt to gain muscle?
First I would like to say I know what this is like to be frustrated on the Mega Protein ingestion program. I slammed shake after shake for years. I ate chicken and tuna until I couldn’t eat it no more. (I got so sick of meat that I became a vegetarian). I ate so many eggs, I could have fueled a small country from the methane gas I was producing daily.’
Guess what? With all that protein consumption I still never grew any more muscle. “If that sounds familiar?” read on.
A wise man once said, “The definition of insanity was doing the same thing and expecting a different result”. Well I did the same thing for about 14 years before I figured out. “Hey, this high protein diet being hyped in all the mags by supplement companies doesn’t work”.
I mean if was as simple as eating more protein, everybody would be 500 pounds ripped, wouldn’t they?
The problem is the bodybuilders have become terrified, to lower their protein intake because they feel like they are going to shrink up and lose there muscles. I know when I switched to a low protein diet, I checked my muscles daily, to see if I lost anything.
Guess what? I didn’t lose any muscle in fact I started getting bigger and bigger. This was in complete violation of almost every single bodybuilding expert recommendation I have ever read in the last 20 years.
Only recently did I finally discover why or how all these experts missed the boat?
Dale and Howard both pressed me further. “How could all these experts be wrong?”
I quickly explained that the experts are all looking for one thing to cause another. Like eating protein, or taking a supplement, a special exercise. While no ONE thing causes growth, a variety of conditions must exist and growth happens automatically. Can you see the difference to what I am saying?
The both paused to think about it for a moment. I could see the wheels turning but I hadn’t got the picture clear yet.
You see growth simply occurs when all the conditions are right. It’s not “Caused” by training, massive protein intake, or enzymes. It simply happens when all of these factors are working together.
If someone is not growing muscle daily, it’s simple the conditions are not present that allow for growth. The question now becomes what are the conditions.
I go into detail about this on my training program Freaky Big Naturally, but will sum it up as best I can.
Training – If you want bigger than normal muscles you must provide stimulus to them in the forum of regular workouts. This is best performed by a systematic scientific training regimen.
Diet – You must provide sufficient enzymes, protein, minerals, vitamins, water and air. This is far less complicated than most people make it. Consider you breath in about 80 pounds of oxygen a day, means it’s a far more important nutrient than chicken breast. Try living without air. But lots of people live without chicken.
Mental Attitude – Most people are sorely lacking in this area. Every body talks a good mental game but few people employ mental training as part of their program. They ascribe to the “I am small” mentality”, or limiting mental belief systems that prevent them from really excelling. One of the biggest things I teach is how to “Think Big”.
That’s basically it. While they are lots of details within those 3 core components of getting big I can say with absolute certainty that eating mega high dosages of protein is not one of them. You’re far better off investing in a high quality coach to train your body than wasting thousands of dollars on buckets of protein goop that will never build any muscle.
Dale and Howard both echoed. “It’s really simple isn’t it?”
“You bet it is,” I echoed. Unfortunately most people just get in the way of themselves and listen too to many people.
Getting big is simple. Train properly, eat the right food and adopt a winning attitude and you can get as big as you want. Most people have a hard time believing it but after all my years in the game, I have learned how to create those conditions and it works every time. It’s not rocket science once you understand and apply the basic principles.
The bottom line is, if you’re not getting as big as you want, it’s because you’re not creating the conditions that create growth in your muscles and you need to alter one or all three of the components I listed.
Knowing when and how to do that takes expertise and the best way to eliminate the guesswork is to hire a professional coach to examine where you’re going wrong.”
This one has garnered a bit of attention of late – it was the lucky winner of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s photo of the week last week and I was a very happy camper when I found out about that! Given its popularity I thought I’d post the recipe and share the love. I appreciate this may not be everyone’s cup of tea – it is (clearly) very green and thick and it is full of salady ingredients combined with sweet ingredients that may prove an acquired taste for some. In any case it makes for a great breakfast or lunch if you’re flagging, running late, can’t be bothered to chop or all of the above. So here goes:
I made this in a standard blender.
Appx. 130g hemp milk (or other choice of milk)
1 scoop of pure hemp protein powder
2 big handfuls of english or baby spinach
A few sprigs of parsley
1 dessert spoon chia seeds (softened)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon hemp seed oil
1 heaped teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1 heaped tablespoon natural yoghurt
½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon dried turmeric
Raw honey to taste
Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend until really smooth. Pour (or scoop!) into a glass or cup and sprinkle with whatever your heart desires. Mine is sprinkled with shelled hemp & pumpkin seeds and goji berries.
Now go grab a spoon and enjoy!
FACT: Hemp Seed Nutrition a complete mineral content indicates that hemp is especially high in the most needed minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulphur. It is also low in heavy metals like Strontium, Thorium, Arsenic, and Chromium.
The vitamin content isn’t that high, but compares favourably with other grains – but then, you can eat your veggies and get in all the needed Vitamins.
Hemp’s Benefits For Nutrition and Medicine:
• contains 6 immune-boosting essential fatty acids found in perfect ratio for human consumption
• protein content consists of 65% of the most digestible form of protein, allowing the protein to be easily assimilated by the human body, making it a great source for vegans and vegetarians
• contains 9 essential amino acids, 19 in total
• contains carotene, vitamin C, E, B1, B2, B3 and B6
• mineral content includes phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, silica, and iron
• outer shell is a form of insoluble fibre, which, when broken down, becomes a cleansing agent for the digestive tract and is an effective intestinal lubricant
• stimulates growth of hair and nails
• improves health of skin
• reduces inflammation
• carries toxins to the surface of the skin, the intestinal tract, kidneys and lungs where they can be expelled
• used in the treatment of glandular atrophy, gallstones, kidney degeneration, acne, and menstrual irregularity
• reduces blood serum cholesterol levels
• lowers blood pressure
• helps to reduce fever
Hemp seeds contain up to 24-28% protein. A handful of seed provides the minimum daily requirement for adults. Hemp lab testing confirms that hemp has a high quality protein content that contains all eight essential amino acids in the correct proportions that humans need. I have found in my own research that hemp has actually nine essential amino acids but there seems to be a debate in the scientific community how many essential amino acids there actually are. Some say eight, others say nine. The basic proteins in hemp are easy to digest. They are composed of 80% edestine, the most digestible of all protein types. Soybeans contain a higher total percentage of protein, but these are complex proteins that many people find difficult to digest and Soy contains inhibitors that stop humans from easily digesting and assimilating the protein.
A relativlely unknown fact, when scientists developed the base vegetable protein model they called it “Edestine” – one wonders why .. not!
And they taste great! A win, win all the way ~
The hemp seed protein is 65% Globulin Edestin. Globulin is the third most abundant protein in the human body. Globulins perform many enzymatic (causing reactions to take place) functions within the plasma itself. More importantly, they are responsible for both the natural and acquired immunity a person has against invading organisms. The body uses globulin proteins to make antibodies which attack infecting agents (antigens) that invade the body. Globulins like gamma globulin are absolutely essential to maintain a healthy immune system. They neutralize alien microorganisms and toxins.
Globulins are divided into three classes: alpha, beta and gamma globulins. Alpha and beta globulins operate as transport vehicles by combining with other substances and carry protein from one part of the body to another. They haul the materials needed to build new and replace worn or damaged bodily structures. Gamma globulins are divided into five classes of antibodies called immune-globulins. All are formed to combat specific cell invading antigens. They comprise the body’s first line of defense against disease and infection. Immuno-globulins are produced by B lymphocyte (white blood cells) plasma cell clones located in lymph system nodes. Infecting antigens normally must pass through the lymph system before entering the blood stream.
Globulins are one of seven classes of simple proteins. Simple proteins are constructed from amino acids and contain no non-protein substances. Globulins are in seeds and animal blood. Edestins are found in seeds; serum globulin is in blood. Edestins are plant globulins. Globulins, along with albumins are classified as globular proteins. All enzymes, antibodies, many hormones, hemoglobin and fibrogin (the body converts fibrogin into non-soluble, fibrin, a blood clotting agent) are globular proteins. They carry out the main work of living.
Albumin, Globulin and Fibrogin are the three major types of plasma proteins. Plasma is the fluid portion of blood that supplies nutrients to tissues. The three protein types: serum albumin, serum globulin and fibrogin, compose about 80% of plasma solids. These plasma proteins serve as a reservoir of rapidly available Amino Acids should any body tissues be in need. Plant seeds contain albumin and globulin but no fibrogin. Albumin is the nutritive material that fills the space in the seed between the embryo and the seed coat. The embryo needs albumin to fuel its initial growth until photosynthesis begins. Globulin edistins within the embryo guarantee this new life has the enzymes necessary for metabolic activity.
Since hemp seed protein is 65% Globulin Edestin and also includes Albumin, its protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma. Eating hemp seeds gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health and provides the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune enhancing gamma globulins. Eating hemp seeds could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases.
So based on this scientific reasoning it is true that Hemp seed is the premier plant-seed provider of globulin starting material — the highest in the plant kingdom.
Eating hemp seeds will insure the immune system has the reservoir of immuno-globulin resources needed to make disease destroying antibodies!
Reference: Hemp Line Journal, July-August 1992, pp. 14-15, Vol. I No. 1
What are Essential Fatty acids and are they really essential? Why bodybuilders need EFAs to maximize muscle and assist with fat loss.
You are selling your results short by not giving your body all the nutrients it needs. I am talking specifically about the nutrients that are “essential” to the body. Essential nutrients are nutrients that the body cannot make and therefore must be obtained through the diet. Concerning the macronutrients, there are two groups of essential nutrients, Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) And Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).
Getting adequate protein in your diet each and every day is heavily stressed in the fitness community, but what is not stressed is getting in adequate Essential Fatty Acids each day. Why would you focus on only getting one of the two essential nutrients? Both EAAs (in the form of protein) and EFAs MUST be obtained from your diet. To get the best results possible you must focus on getting enough of both protein and essential fats.
There are two fatty acids that are essential to the body, the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and the Omega-6 Fatty Acid Linoleic Acid (LA). ALA and LA are readily available in food, but to obtain their full benefits they must be converted into their long-chain metabolites, ALA to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and LA to Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Getting adequate healthy fats in your diet is the first step to getting these EFAs.
The conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA as well as the conversion of LA to GLA is limited, so even if you get some ALA and LA in your diet you may not be getting enough EPA, DHA, or GLA. Adding fat sources that contain EPA and DHA and GLA (think Hemp Seed Oil) is the second step and ideal to ensure you get these essential fatty acid metabolites.
If you are deficient in EAAs, protein synthesis cannot proceed at its full rate due to lacking the needed building blocks (Amino Acids) to build muscle tissue. The same holds true for the EFAs. Being deficient in EFAs and their metabolites will decrease protein synthesis and muscle repair due to lacking the needed materials. An EFA deficiency may also cause your body to try to “hold on to” your body fat because it senses it does not have all the materials/nutrients it needs. So if you do not have enough EFAs then you are not gaining muscle and progressing at the rate you could and your fat loss can become impeded.
EPA and DHA have been shown:
- Decrease protein breakdown
- Decrease body fat mass
- Increase amino acid uptake
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Reduce blood pressure
- Increase insulin sensitivity
- Decrease inflammation
- Improve joint health
- Necessary for proper functioning of the brain
- Repair damaged cell membranes
- Provide building blocks for Eicosanoids (signaling molecules) and growth factors
- Increase cell membrane permeability (ability to transport nutrients in and out of cells)
GLA has been shown to:
- Decrease fat regain after a diet
- Decrease inflammation
- Improve nerve functioning
- Increase calcium absorption leading to stronger bones
- Improve skin health
- Decrease joint pain and swelling
- Improve blood pressure
- Assist in weight management
- Decreases PMS (A GLA deficiency may be responsible for some PMS symptoms)
- Boosts immune system
We see that EPA, DHA and GLA are vital for muscle growth and fat loss. To get in sufficient EFAs – and in a balanced 3:1 ratio, take Hemp Seed Oil – either in raw Oil or Capsules.
Now isn’t this a power way to start a day?
Organic Oats, topped with blueberries, cinnamon and shelled hemp seeds .. and a steaming cup of roasted hemp fair trade black coffee. Yumm!
Energy Metabolism Booster: Hemp is the highest vegan source of Edestin, a simple protein that is responsible for us keeping healthy. All of our hemp products are raw, containing live enzymes that help you digest your food, increase your energy, boost your immunity and help your body function at its best.
Detoxifies The Body & Reduces Junk Food Cravings: Hemp is high in the natural antioxidants Vitamin E, Vitamin C and chlorophyll.
Burns Fat & Supports Lean Mass: Hemp is recognized by the World Health Organization as having a perfect 3:1 balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids for optimum health. These fats stimulate the body’s natural thermogenic system which actually burns fat. The Essential Fatty Acids in Hemp also help muscle recovery and growth. Hemp also contains both GLA and CLA and studies have proved that both help in reducing body fat and balancing blood sugar.
Easy To Digest & Non-Allergenic: Hemp does not contain gluten and is free of the enzyme inhibitors found in soy and other legumes and grains which prevent protein absorption and typically cause gas, bloating and other digestion problems. In addition, there are no known allergies to hemp.
Pure Protein – 100% Hemp Protein
Endurance Performance Recovery – For Pre/Post Training – Scientifically developed blend of proteins, vitamins and minerals
Spice of Life – Immune Support – Proteins with specific spices added to support you during hard training
Omega Capsules – 100% Hemp Seed Oil – Omega 3, 6, 9, GLA – in fact all the Omegas – with the Omega 3 & 6 in the perfectly balanced ration of 3:1
Almost two-thirds of hemp protein is made up of Edestin, a globulin protein found only in hemp seeds. This makes hemp the superior source for this protein in the plant kingdom. Edestin is a type of plant protein that is similar to protein found in the human body and thus is perfectly suited to aid in meeting the body’s cellular needs such as DNA repair. Since much of hemp’s protein resembles that found in human blood, hemp protein is very easily digested and assimilated. In addition, another one-third of hemp’s protein is albumin, another high quality globulin protein also found in egg whites.
With a protein structure of 66% Edestin and 33% Albumin, hemp seeds contain all 8 Essential Amino Acids plus 2 conditionally Essential Amino Acids. In addition to its surprising protein profile, it also contains the perfect ratio of Omega Fatty Acids researchers recommend for good health
Why Are Amino Acids Important?
A human being needs 21 Amino Acids to survive: Eight are essential and must be obtained from food; two are conditionally essential and can be synthesized if all the eight essential amino acids are consumed. No other plant or animal source, aside from Hemp, contains the first ten amino acids necessary for health. Nor do any of them contain the balanced fatty acid ratio essential for life.
Hemp seeds are not unique among plant seeds in having all the essential Amino Acids. However, they are unique in that they have them in the correct ratio and they are in the form of Globulin Edestin at 65% of the protein content. The other 35% of the protein content is Albumin.
The globulins contained in hemp seeds are one of the seven classes of 100% pure Amino Acids. Globulins make up the portion of seed between the embryo and the seed coat and they are a fraction of all animal and human blood. Edestin globulin comes from seed; globulin is in blood plasma. Globulin and Albumin are classified as globular proteins. All the enzymes, antibodies, many hormones, hemoglobin and fibrogin are made from globular proteins.
Albumin, Globulin and Fibrogin make up the fluid part of blood plasma. The protein portion of the blood answers the call of tissues in need by providing nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
When purchasing a hemp protein powder you should be looking for a brand that supplies at least 50% protein by weight, supplying 15 grams of protein per 30 gram serving.