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Mamey Hemp Shake

Posted in Drinks, Favourites by Janet M on June 3, 2013

Mamey Hemp Shake

Just like riding a bicycle.

I put that to the test on the weekend.

I have not been up to my typical exercise regime this spring. I pared it down to 1 weight lifting class a week and 1 bike ride. Over the past 2 months, I have not cycled more than 400km.

Yet, in a week, I have signed up to cycle 200km between Perth and Kingston. (I long gave up cycling the full 354km between Ottawa and Kingston).

I used to think anyone could ride 100km.  However, with my severe lack of training this year, I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to cycle the “short” 200km route either.

So, I dusted off my road bike (the first time I rode it this year), and cycled almost 100km with Rob and Sue on Sunday. It was one of my favourite routes (the Aurora loop) which meanders north of Toronto through such small cities like Snow Ball and Maple. Cycling north of the of the city also meant tackling the uphill during the first part of the trip and enjoying the downhill going home. All in between getting soaked from a sudden downpour and battling the wind from many directions.

Did I do it? Yes. Was it hard? Yes. Will I do it again next weekend? Yes.

Rob has been training for this throughout our short spring, so he didn’t find this route as challenging as me… which meant he had more energy when we arrived home. Originally, he wanted to treat me with some ice cream but: a) I felt more like a smoothie, and b) we should be eating through our freezer stash. As I lay on the ground, Rob whipped up a delicious smoothie. I kind of made suggestions from the floor: frozen banana, frozen mamey, vanilla, hemp protein powder and almond milk. It was a crazy concoction and we weren’t sure how it would taste…. Only after I drank a huge serving, did I have enough energy to photograph it… because we both agreed it was too good not to share.

It is hard to describe the flavour of mamey. It takes like mamey… Think about it, how would you describe the taste of apple? Anyways, it is a sweet creamy mango-like flavour with floral undertones. It has a custard-like taste and consistency. Describing flavours is hard. I like this description:

The fruit’s flavor is variously described as a combination of pumpkin, sweet potato, and maraschino cherries with the texture of an avocado. Source

It paired beautifully with the creamy banana. The hemp protein powder made it a bit more of a green colour but also added creaminess.

How did we find mamey? We originally discovered it while travelling in Colombia, both as a fruit and in delicious smoothie form. We were thrilled when we spotted frozen mamey (sapote) at a Colombian bakery in Toronto and picked up a few packages earlier this year. They also had frozen guanabanana, guava, blackberry (mora) and possibly other non-exotic fruits like strawberries.

Have you ever tried mamey? I think it is best in smoothie-form. :)

Mamey Hemp Shake

This is my submission to this month’s Credit Crunch Munch and Raw Food Thursdays.

Mamey Hemp Shake

1/2 banana, chopped and frozen
14 oz pureed frozen mamey/sapote
1 tsp vanilla
4 scoops Hemp Pro 70 (or your preferred protein powder)
2-3 cups nondairy milk

1. Blend all in a high-speed blender. Thin to your desired consistency with additional milk.

Serves 2-3.

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  1. sprint2thetable said, on June 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Good for you! Are you sore today? We have some great trails in ATL if you have your bike on you when you are here. :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on June 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Not too bad, actually. My back/arms were sore yesterday but are ok now. My legs were stiff this morning but ok once I cycled to work. I think this will be ok. :)

      Sadly, our bikes will be in a pod.. shipped without us.

  2. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on June 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Yay for doing 100k! You’ll have to tell me all about it later :)

    I have never heard of mamey but I’m totally intrigued. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled!

  3. Rob said, on June 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Snow Ball, Ontario is THE BEST!

  4. Lyzz said, on June 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Just curious… any tips on selecting mamey? I recently moved to the Riviera Maya, Mexico and have tried purchasing before but I either pick them already too ripe or wait to long after getting them home to cut… :(

    • janet @ the taste space said, on June 3, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Hi Lyzz, Sorry, I can offer no advice. You are lucky to have access to fresh mamey but our experiences in Colombia was hit-or-miss. Now I just use the frozen stuff which is the perfect ripeness.

  5. Hannah said, on June 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Mamey sounds AWESOME. For some reason I thought it was the same as a custard apple, and while it’s clearly not, perhaps in the same family?

    • janet @ the taste space said, on June 4, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      Tropical fruits are still very much a mystery to me. I remember there were 2 mameys we ate. One was more red and one was more orange inside. One was mamey and the other was mamey sapote. Maybe one of those is more similar to custard apple? I can’t remember if we tried custard apple in Colombia. We meticulously documented all the new fruits we tried, there were so many and hard to keep track. :)

  6. Joanne said, on June 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Whoa! Good job getting through that ride! I can’t imagine running the equivalent of that after not really training for a while (I guess maybe, half marathon?) but more power to you for doing it and still wanting to do it again next weekend! This smoothie sounds super refreshing!

  7. Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) said, on June 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Not only have I never tried mamey, I’ve never even heard of it! Where have I been?! Well, now I’m curious. :)

  8. annelifaiers said, on June 6, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Wow, I am impressed! You are super active!! Your smoothie looks delicious and perfect for having after all that exertion. I must admit to have no idea what Mamey is! But I shall keep my eyes out for it from now on. Thanks for entering this into Credit Crunch Munch xx

  9. heathergfc said, on June 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Never heard of mamey, but after reading its description I’d love to! Congrats on a big ride! My favorite post-ride meal is always a smoothie. But it has to have chocolate and peanut butter…because I feel like I’ve earned the treat! :) Thanks for sharing this at Raw Foods Thursdays!

    Heather

  10. Camilla @FabFood4All said, on June 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    This drink sounds very healthy even though I have no idea what a mamey or a sapote is LOL! Thanks for entering Credit Crunch Munch:-)

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