Several moths ago, I was sent some coupons from Tempt Living Harvest. Tempt is a line of Hemp based products, from a company out of Portland, OR (one of my favorite cities in the whole world!). I was excited about the opportunity to sample this line for several reasons. First, when my husband was on tour with his show RENT, traveling around the country, he relied on a daily shake made from TEMPT original protein powder to get him through the day. This really did happen before I was sent free coupons!
So they sent me the coupons, and then I forgot about them for a few weeks, was traveling, and am now finally writing my review. I was able to find the chocolate hemp milk, the original hemp milk, the hemp “ice creams” and the protein powders. I was not able to find their hemp oil, which I was really disappointed about! C’mon Whole Foods, get up to speed!
First, a little bit about this line. This is a line of dairy-free, soy-free vegan products that are also nut-free, and peanut-free. Please check the ingredients labels for manufacturing conditions to decide whether this product is safe for you or your family. One of the coolest things about this environmentally sustainable product line is that they use sunflower lecithin instead of soy lecithin. I love that such an ingredient now exists for the soy allergic and soy avoiders. How cool, right?
Now, on to flavor. What I love… I love these “ice creams”. They are smooth, with fantastic flavor. There is not a hint of ropey hempiness in them. They have everything an ice cream should, indulgent creaminess, and that “yum” feel as they melt in your mouth. My son Monte, who can’t eat dairy, was literally in love with the Chocolate Fudge. He said, “It’s frickin’ awesome!” That’s probably not appropriate language for a six year old, but it’s better than the alternative, right?
I really liked the Mint Chip as well. It’s light and refreshing, and I could probably eat the whole container pretty easily in one sitting, because hemp products have the perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 essential fatty acids, making this frozen dessert, almost a “Health Food”!
While I liked the Vanilla Spice protein powder, I actually prefer the less sweet Original. It has a more neutral flavor and blends well with fruit. The Vanilla Spice has a distinct flavor, which is good, but pronounced.
My kids liked the Chocolate Hemp Milk, but not the original. I don’t think I’d drink it straight either, but it’s certainly great for baking with. It’s a protein-rich vegan milk for all your baking needs. It is also great in your smoothie along with the Original Hemp Protein powder, and a banana.
I am still hoping to find that Hemp Oil, and the Coconut Lime Frozen Dessert. Until then…. Happy hemp! What are your favorite non-dairy products? Do you use soy, or rice, or hemp? What do you pour on your cereal? I’d really love to know.