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Hemp For Keto: Why Hemp Protein Is Perfect For The Keto Diet

If you’re doing the ketogenic diet, and you haven’t tried hemp for keto, you’re missing out. Hemp seeds are perfect for keto, because they’re high in amino acids, fiber and essential fatty acids.

If you’re doing the ketogenic diet, and you haven’t tried hemp for keto, you’re missing out.

The ketogenic diet became a hit by flipping the popular notion of fat being detrimental to health on its head. So, how does hemp protein play into all of this?

Understanding the food that you eat and learning how it affects your body is important. Food directly affects your mood, energy levels, and most importantly, your health. Many modern health issues can be traced back to an incorrect food source and unhealthy eating habits. And with the emergence of processed foods, eating healthy has never been harder.

That’s why something like the keto diet has become so popular. Keto is an eating pattern that focuses on the omission of carbohydrates and the increased consumption of fats through oils and nuts. It’s a diet that questions our typical food source, and challenges us to try a different energy source for our bodies. Hemp is a perfect way to support this low-carb diet. Below are foods & recipes to incorporate more hemp into your diet, and get you those all-important fats while minimizing the caloric and carbohydrate cost.

Read more below on how hemp for keto is a match made in heaven.

Hemp for keto is a perfect choice due to hemp protein's incredible nutritional profile.

Hemp for keto is a perfect choice due to hemp protein’s incredible nutritional profile.


Hemp seeds are a great option to take advantage of hemp’s unique nutritional profile for your keto diet. The seeds have the same advantages as hemp oil, as the oil is derived from the pressing of the seeds.

Hemp seeds/oil are rich in Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) that help create prostaglandins, which are chemicals that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature. Foods that contain GLA help people with blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and more.

The Ketogenic diet requires a low-carbs, so all foods derived from grain are out of the question. Which means no bread or pasta. This is a problem because most meals use grains as filler. Hemp seeds are an easy fix to this problem. Aside from adding cauliflower and broccoli to your diet, you can use hemp for keto because hemp seeds are especially satiating due to their high fiber content.

Hemp is great in achieving heart health. A healthy heart requires less sugar, plant-based proteins, and good natural fats. Hemp seeds contain all these things. The regular consumption of hemp seeds, along with whole foods that are nutrient-dense and have good fats will make your heart very happy!

The best part about hemp is its nutritional profile. One ounce of hemp seeds contains nine grams of protein, twelve grams of fat, and two grams of fiber. It also contains all twenty amino acids and all nine of the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce.

Hemp is a superfood. Not only is it high in protein and natural fats, but it’s low in calories and carbohydrates. It can help you feel fuller and taste delicious, all while coming from a completely natural source.

Smoothie ingredients on a counter, including hemp seeds. The keto diet focuses on low carbohydrate and high fat consumption, making hemp for keto a great option to ensure you get plenty of vital amino acids.

The keto diet focuses on low carbohydrate and high fat consumption, making hemp for keto a great option to ensure you get plenty of vital amino acids. (Photo credit: Ellijah Pickering)


Hemp is not just a nutrient dense super-food, it can also be a tasty addition to your favorite recipes. A chewy and nutty tasting seed, it provides a great texture and taste to your dishes. Aside from the seed and oil additives, hemp is also made into milk and cheese substitutes. Listed below are some examples of delicious hemp for keto recipes!

There’s nothing better than starting your day off with a delicious breakfast. This recipe is not only tasty, but extremely easy to make! Perfect for when you’re still half-asleep and just need a little something to get you kickstarted for the day. An awesome mix of chia, flax, and hemp seed (a trio you need to be using), paired with creamy yogurt, crunchy granola and fresh blueberries then topped off with all-natural agave syrup.

If you’re on the keto diet be sure to substitute the granola with avocado or more hemp seeds and use plain yogurt (not that fat-free stuff).

A glass containing a freshly made smoothie. With just a few simple changes, many hemp recipes (like this smoothie) become keto diet friendly.

With just a few simple changes, many hemp recipes (like this smoothie) become keto diet friendly. (Photo credit: Ellijah Pickering)

Almost everyone loves Mediterranean food, so this hemp seed tabouli recipe will hit the spot. Parsley is chock-full of folic acid, vitamins A & C, and antioxidants. The recipe calls for a heaping dose of hemp-seeds, and the dressing is a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt.

Packed with 5 tablespoons of hemp seeds, or about 60 grams of fat, this is already a perfect hemp for keto recipe with no changes.

If you’re lazy like me, nutrient-dense smoothies are your go-to when you don’t feel like cooking. This recipe contains classic smoothie ingredients such as blueberry, bananas, and oatmeal. Then packs a nutrient-heavy punch with it’s hemp oil additive. Add another banana to thicken the smoothie which makes it more filling.

For Keto, I suggest replacing the water in the recipe with coconut milk or hemp milk and omitting granola.

For even more recipes, check out this list of recipes that highlight hemp use!

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Fuel Your Body & Health Through Hemp Protein

Hemp protein powder is not only a protein powerhouse, but it’s also inherently loaded with more healthy omega fatty acids and fiber than many other common protein powders – Dr….

Hemp protein powder is not only a protein powerhouse, but it’s also inherently loaded with more healthy omega fatty acids and fiber than many other common protein powders – Dr. Axe


Athletes all over the world are using hemp protein to boost their muscle recovery and growth. As a 100% natural protein source, hemp is gaining more attention as the market is getting flooded with gimmicky supplements. To learn more about the lifestyle and health benefits that hemp protein offers, we met with Daniel Potter who is the co-founder of Lean Hemp.

LeanHemp Protein

Tell us a bit about Lean Hemp.

Daniel Potter: LeanHemp is a premium protein brand that offers three delicious hemp protein flavors. It is vegan, USDA organic, 100% plant-based and extremely nutritious.

Why hemp protein? What makes hemp protein better than other protein options?

DP: Hemp protein is the most complete protein on earth. It contains all your BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids), EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids), Omega-3’s, and Omega-6’s. It is also slow digesting, high in fiber and makes for an excellent meal replacement.

Some consider hemp to be a “superfood”. Additionally, LeanHemp protein does have several flavors that contain the superfood maca, a plant root from Peru.

Is hemp protein meant for everyone? A typical serving of hemp protein seems to offer less protein than other conventional protein supplements. Is this a disadvantage for hardcore athletes?

DP: Hemp protein can certainly be used by anyone and everyone. It makes for a great meal replacement, pre or post workout protein shake, and mixes well into smoothies, baked goods and many other foods.

Your body can only digest and absorb about 30 grams of protein in one sitting (if you work out), so anyone who is trying to “bulk-up” using whey or other protein supplements are only tricking themselves as their body isn’t absorbing this protein, but rather turning it into fat.

I had no idea, but that’s great to know. So I noticed on your social media pages that Lean Hemp sponsors quite a few athletes. How have athletes taken to adopting hemp into their diet?

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DP: Our athletes inspire us, without them we wouldn’t be the brand that we are. We have athletes ranging from distance runners, crossfit athletes, personal trainers, yogi’s, triathletes, bodybuilders and everyone in between. Everyone that has been diligent with trying our product has noticed significant decrease in upset stomach and bloating. They tell us that they notice recovering much more quickly and enjoy how the protein is so filling.

How long have you been taking hemp protein?

DP: I’ve been taking hemp protein for about two years now. If I’m going to support and believe in a product it’s only fitting to use and live that product.

Personally, what differences have you noticed by using hemp protein?

DP: I have noticed that I am able to take hemp protein before a workout and feel no ill signs. Previously, whenever I used a whey or even other plant-based proteins prior to a workout, I would often feel sick or get very bloated during and after the workout.

Daniel Potter from Lean Hemp

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How do you prepare your hemp protein shake? Do anything unique? Or does hemp protein taste great with just water?

DP: If I’m going to make a hemp protein shake, I add about 8 to 10 oz of almond milk and half a banana. We have proteins that are peanut butter or chocolate flavored, so they already have a great taste.

Typically though, for time sensitivity, I will just add about 10 oz of almond milk, 2 oz of water and 20 grams of LH protein.

Thanks for the tip! What are some other ways you eat healthy?

DP: I limit the amount of meat I eat and also what types of meats I eat, which are typically chicken or fish. The majority of my diet consists of whole fruits, vegetables and legumes, mainly sweet potato or chickpeas.

It’s so easy for people to get tempted to make unhealthy choices. What are some tips you have for people to avoid those temptations?

DP: I have family members who are overweight and I’ve seen how weight can lead to many other health problems, such as hypertension, thyroid issues, high (or low) blood sugar and many other things.

I’m able to avoid these temptations for two reasons:

  1. I want to live a long time and it’s been proven that when you eat healthy (whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, and minimally processed foods) your chances of living longer and being healthier dramatically increase.
  2. I do give myself a cheat meal once a week, where I will eat whatever I want. Primarily my cheat day consists of donuts, fast-food and maybe some dairy.

What also helps me avoid my temptations are my work outs. I get a rush of endorphins during and after my workout. I also enjoy the pain that it brings because it allows my mind to be free and gives me a sense of accomplishment upon finishing. For me working out is very meditative and what has helped the most.

What other daily habits do you have to optimize your lifestyle?

DP: I set aside at least 1.5 hours every day for exercise; 10 minutes of meditation at least once per day; chest breathing when I feel overwhelmed or before bed.

Thanks for sharing! Anything else you want to share with a person who might be interested in using or switching to hemp protein?

DP: Our mission and message is simple; we believe in clean, natural, sustainable, healthy products that will help this earth and the people on it. This is why we created LeanHemp — “A Better Protein”. Hemp protein guarantees high quality as it contains all BCAA’s (all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential), EFA’s (Omega’s 3 & 6), and is easily digestible. It’s also 100% plant-based, vegan, organic and contain no more than four ingredients!

leanhemp ingredients
We are currently working with running, yoga, fitness and endurance-athlete based communities around the country to bring awareness to hemp and its incredible properties! I believe that hemp (specifically industrial) should be playing a more important role in what foods, textiles (industrial and consumer), hygiene products, industrial products, building materials; etc we use. By using hemp-based products we are working to reduce the footprint that we leave on this earth.

We appreciate your time today, Daniel. How can our readers get in touch with you if they want to learn more about your or the brand?

DP: Feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or feedback. We look forward to hearing from everyone!

**If you are interested in trying one of the best hemp proteins on the market, we recommend LEAN HEMP PROTEIN. Try yours today!

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Top 6 Things To Consider When Buying Hemp Protein

Among the many variants of protein powders, hemp protein is gaining popularity as a superior source of vegan protein. Compared to its vegan competitors, hemp offers a higher concentration of…

Among the many variants of protein powders, hemp protein is gaining popularity as a superior source of vegan protein. Compared to its vegan competitors, hemp offers a higher concentration of protein as well as a strong combination of other nutritional content.

hemp protein

So when you come around and decide to try out hemp protein, what are some things to consider? Here are the top 6 things you should keep in mind:

1. Protein Amount?

The protein amount offered per serving is different by brand and product. It can vary from 11g to 20g per serving. There seems to be two trends.

  • Hemp protein products that also emphasize fiber typically offers less protein per serving, while the portion of fiber increases
  • Flavored hemp proteins, such as chocolate, offer noticeably less protein per serving

2. Flavor?

Hemp protein, unlike whey, typically does not come in variety of flavors. It’s original flavor essentially has no additive mixed in. These powders have a bit of a nutty taste that you might have to get used to.

There are a couple brands on the market who do offer flavored options. Nutiva and Manitoba Harvest offer Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.

hemp chocolate protein

3. Organic?

Most hemp protein brands advertise on their packaging or nutrition label if they offer Organic hemp. About half of hemp products on the market are organic options. Even without being organic, most hemp protein that are from Canada are non-GMO, non-irradiated, and chemical free. Most brands also do not add or mix any artificial ingredients in their protein.

4. Price?

Price for hemp protein can range from $9 per lb to $23 per lb. These prices are dependent on the brand, the amount of protein per serving, and the packaging size. A 5 lb bag will be much cheaper per lb than a 1 lb bag. Here’s the best value hemp products you’ll find on the market, calculated by the price per lb:

  1. Manitoba HempPro Fibre $9-$14 per lb (11g of protein per serving)
  2. Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder $9.49 per lb (14g of protein per serving)
  3. Manitoba HempPro 50 $9-$12 per lb (15g of protein per serving)
  4. Nature’s Way Hemp Protein and Fiber Powder $12.39 (11g of protein per serving)
  5. Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein High Fiber $12.67 per lb (11g of protein per serving)
  6. Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein $13.16 per lb (15g of protein per serving)
  7. Manitoba HempPro 70 $15 per lb (20g of protein per serving)
  8. Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Hemp Protein $15.57 (12 g of protein per serving)

5. Reviews?

The quality of hemp protein products are backed by their amazing online reviews. On average, hemp protein brands have Amazon reviews higher than 4 stars, with most of them having over 100 reviewers. Below are the average ratings of the highest rated protein products on Amazon:

  1. Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein – 4.1/5.0 (3000+ reviews)
  2. Manitoba HempPro – 4.1/5.0 (1100+ reviews)
  3. Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Hemp Protein – 4.4/5.0 (200+ reviews)
  4. Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder 4.2/5.0 (50+ reviews)
  5. Nature’s Way Hemp Protein and Fiber Powder – 3.9/5.0 (100+ reviews)

6. How to make a great hemp protein shake?

hemp protein recipe

Hemp protein is known to be a bit harder to drink by just mixing with water as it is a bit chunkier and can taste a bit grainy. Here are some simple ingredients you can add to your shake to improve the taste:

  • Banana
  • Frozen berries
  • Cinnamon
  • Peanut butter
  • Fruit juice

For a full review of hemp protein products, visit our Hemp Protein Product Reviews page.

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