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Good Hemp Natural Refuel Shake Review & Giveaway

Today, I have my first ever guest post, and it’s been written by none other than M (my elusive ‘better half’ 😉 ) As an endurance mountain biker, he likes to use protein shakes to aid recovery after training sessions.  In this post, he reviews the Good Hemp Natural Chocolate Refuel Shake, which he recently tried for the first time.

Red Bull Mountain Mayhem

Good Hemp Refuel Shake Review

Refuel! Refuel! Eating and drinking is usually the first thing on my mind after a couple of hours stomping up and down hills on a mountain bike so this Good Hemp Nutrition product sounded promising if the name is anything to go by…

Good Hemp Natural Refuel Shake

I’ve tried recovery shakes before; generally containing dairy based proteins and invariably turning a super-natural neon yellow or green colour when mixed with water.  I guess the outlandish colours prompted me to look for something a little more natural looking although I also wanted to ditch the dairy as well.

Good Hemp Nutrition’s Refuel appears to be what I was looking for.  Made from natural hemp protein powder, it’s formulated to provide a balance of carbohydrates for recovery and protein for rebuilding muscles that have been busy.  You can read for yourself about the ingredients on the side of the tub or Good Hemp Nutrition’s website but apparently the protein contains all 20 amino acids; including the essential ones.

Good Hemp Ingredients 400

So what’s it like? Personally, I like it.  A dose of natural cocoa powder gives it a nice chocolaty taste without any overly-sugary sweetness.  It’s pleasant to drink; unlike some earthy hemp based shakes that I’ve previously tried.  It mixes easily with water to make a nice smooth shake; I like to imagine my body soaking it up appreciatively as I gulp it down

And has it improved my recovery time?  Are my legs stronger than they used to be? Am I toasting my riding buddies on every climb? I’ve just got to the bottom of my first tin so I think it’s a bit soon to even start to make any such claims.  Besides my life is hardly a laboratory for testing nutritional products.  However, I feel good and I feel refuelled and that’s all I could ask for. Enjoy the trails!

Bike Pause by the Holburne Muesum

 

GIVEAWAY! NOW CLOSED!

M must really like this shake as he’s coming to the end of his first tub and is already planning to order two more!

Do you fancy trying it yourself?  I’ve been in touch with the good people over at Good Hemp and they’ve kindly offered a tub of their Natural Refuel Shake and a shaker for me to giveaway on my blog 🙂

There are three ways of entering:

  1. Leave me a comment below.  Anything will do, but I’d love to hear what sports you’re into, or whether you’re training for a specific event at the moment.  Next up for M and I, is Bike Bath this coming weekend (23rd-24th June).
  2. Promote the giveaway on Facebook, by clicking on the ‘Like’ button below this post, and leave a comment below to let me know that you have done so.
  3. Tweet the giveaway with something like “Check out @GoodStuffSharon for a @GoodHempNutri Refuel Shake Review & GIVEAWAY!”, then leave me a comment below to let me know you have done so.

If you enter all three ways, you’ll triple your chances of winning 🙂

The giveaway is open to anyone residing in the UK (sorry international readers!)

The closing date is Thursday 27th June 2013 at midnight GMT.

Good luck everyone!

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We ♥ Hemp & A Good Hemp Giveaway

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll have noticed that hemp seeds appear in a lot of my meals.  It crops up in breakfasts, lunches, dinners, smoothies and even hot chocolate!  I have huge respect for this super seed, both for its nutritional content and positive impact on the environment.

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On the nutritional front, hemp seeds are little powerhouses, packed with protein, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals.

Nutritional Qualities of Hemp Seed
A complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids
Very high protein content (over 30%)
Low in saturated fat
Excellent source of omega 3 and omega 6, and in the ideal ratio for your body to absorb it
Natural source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA)
Rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E
Great source of magnesium, zinc and iron

Health Benefits of Hemp Seed
Increases energy levels and metabolic rate
Lowers blood pressure
Improves organ function
Boosts immunity levels
Helps circulation
Reduces inflammation and symptoms of arthritis
Reduces symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps
Builds strong, healthy hair, skin and nails
Low allergen and easy to digest

Though hemp comes from a variety of cannabis sativa, the plant contains extremely low levels (0.02% or less) of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (levels comparable to the amount of opium found in poppy seeds).  Here in the UK, it’s legal to grow industrial hemp for culinary purposes.

Hemp Crop in Peasenhall Road, Walpole, UK 500

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The production of hemp seed actually has a positive impact on the environment!

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Environmental Benefits of Hemp Seed
A very efficient carbon sequester, locking up to four times as much carbon as a similar size field of trees
One of the world’s most sustainable crops
Extremely easy to cultivate with fantastic yields
Can be grown entirely herbicide and pesticide-free
Excellent for soil structure and health
Doesn’t require any weed control during the growing period (either mechanical or chemical)
Fastest growing plant in the world after bamboo, shooting up 4 metres in 14 weeks

We ♥ Hemp
As a plant-powered family, we consume hemp seed as one of the main sources of our omega 3 intake (along with flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts).  Since heat can destroy their valuable omega 3 properties, we tend to sprinkle hemp seed into our meals once they are prepared.  Until recently, I’d only ever used plain, shelled hemp seed so I was delighted when I was contacted by Braham & Murray (the company behind Good Hemp) and asked whether I would like to try their new range called ‘Good Seed’.  In addition to the plain variety, they’ve created three flavoured blends: Sweet Cinnamon, Asian Spices and Italian Herbs. All four of them are perfect for sprinkling!

I have to say that these products have been thoroughly tested by my family.  We’ve used at least one of the blends every day for the past month or so!  Here’s a rundown of our favourite ways to enjoy them.

The Sweet Cinnamon blend (hemp seed, ground cinnamon, sugar) has been sprinkled onto breakfast cereals, porridge, and blended into smoothies.

Good Hemp Sweet Cinnamon

The Italian Herbs blend (hemp seed, coriander, salt, oregano, basil, garlic powder) has been wonderful for sprinkling into pasta dishes and on top of pizzas and soups…

Good Hemp Italian Herbs 1

while the Asian Spices blend (hemp seed, oregano, sweet chilli, smoke paprika, garlic powder) has been perfect for adding to curries and stir fries.

Good Hemp Asian Spices

The plain Shelled Hemp has been sprinkled into a whole array of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and smoothies.

Good Hemp Shelled Seeds

We found that all four blends are also great for sprinkling into sandwiches and wraps.

Falafel Wrap

As companies go, I really value Braham and Murray as they take great care to produce a quality product in harmony with the environment.  All their hemp is grown in the UK and is entirely herbicide and pesticide free.  They make use of the entire hemp plant, so nothing goes to waste.

The seed is used for food.
The straw is used to create sustainable building materials for Eco houses.
The fibre is supplied to BMW for the doors of 3 & 5 Series cars (the fibre reduces the weight per car by approximately 1kg, thus enabling fuel efficiency).
The dust cleaned from the seed is supplied to worm farms.
Leaf matter supplies essential nutrients back to the soil as a natural fertiliser.

Giveaway Time! NOW CLOSED!
I’m very delighted to tell you that Braham and Murray have kindly offered to give away three of their Good Seed products to my wonderful readers.  To be in with a chance of winning one of the pots, simply leave me a comment below stating which of the blends you would like to try: Sweet Cinnamon, Italian Herbs, Asian Spices or Plain Shelled Hemp.

There are two bonus ways of entering the giveaway:

– ‘Like’ the Braham and Murray Good Hemp Facebook page, and leave me a comment below stating that you have done so.

– Follow Good Hemp on Twitter @Good_Oil or @GoodHempNutri, and leave me a comment below stating that you have done so.

I’m afraid that this giveaway is UK only, so apologies to my international followers.

The closing date is Thursday 28th February 2013, at midnight GMT.

Good luck everyone!

Are you a fan of hemp seed?  If so, what’s your favourite way of eating it?

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