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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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