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Trader Joe’s Organic Hemp Protein Powder

by Erin on February 6, 2010

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  • It’s soy and gluten free.
  • It mixes easily into hot cereal, yogurt, milk, etc.
  • It contains Omega 3’s and Essential Amino Acids.
  • It contains no additives.


  • It contains only about half as much protein per serving as other protein powders.
  • It does not taste as good as other protein powders, especially the flavors above and beyond chocolate and vanilla.

Recently, I made a revolutionary discovery; I’m allergic to soy.  The only way to find happiness in my life is by completely eliminating soy from my diet.  It’s made a huge difference not only in how I feel overall but also in my workouts.  I have more energy when I’m not suffering from a soy-hangover.   But as magnificent as this discovery was it was equally heart breaking.  Finding products that don’t contain soy or some soy derivative is like trying to find a person who has never heard of American Idol.  And anyone worth his or her salt as a fitness aficionado knows that adequate protein is as important as the actual workout.  Not being able to use my protein drinks was devastating.

I was sick to stomach as I went through the listing of ingredients in my favorite protein powders and pre-made supplement drinks.  Every one of them contained soy of some sort.  I wanted to cry.  Literally.  But I was shopping at my local Trader Joe’s one Sunday evening and came upon a miraculous product discovery.  A protein powder made out of Hemp!  Not only does the label boast: 9 grams of protein, 500 mgs of Omega 3, and 10 Essential Amino Acids per serving but more importantly for me, it is gluten free (I haven’t had wheat in 6 months) and soy free!  I wanted to jump for joy!

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Brianna June 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Just an FYI, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the Whey vs. Hemp vs. Soy Protein Powder debate… it turns out that even though the hemp protein powder has less protein it is much more absorbable than whey protein because it offers ALL of the 9 essential amino acids. Also, the high fiber content makes for better digestion and waste removal :)

Now that you’ve had more time to get used to it, do you like the hemp protein powder? have you stuck with it, or are you searching for another possible replacement that doesn’t contain soy?

Thanks for the awesome article!

Reese September 23, 2010 at 10:15 am

I just tried the Trader Joes Chocolate Hemp protein powder and trust me it was feeling and the taste wasn’t bad ( I added a banana) its a great ch
oice I love it!

Roxanne August 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

I know this is an almost year old thread, but I just discovered TJ’s Hemp protein. I make a smoothie with 1 c. kale, 1 c. frozen berries, 1 apple and a dose of the hemp protein. I also add liquid concentrate ‘FRS Healthy Energy’. It tastes great, it’s like a multi-vitamin and energy drink combined, and it sort-of makes up for the ‘earthy’ flavour of the hemp powder. It’s a GREAT pick-me-up before or after a workout. I drink it everyday as a mid-afternoon snack to get me to 5:00 when I can get to the gym.

marj August 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

hi roxanne, thanks for the tip!

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