Hemp is a nutritional powerhouse. In just one serving, hemp supplies the body with essential fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, calcium, protein, phosphorus, and much more. In fact, hemp holds all eight essential amino acids, meaning hemp is a complete protein.
Since hemp products contain minimal amounts of THC, there is no related psychoactivity. It’s because hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC. Cannabis, however, contains between 5-40% THC for the stronger strains. Even though hemp will not produce a mind-bending effect, it does have many optimal health benefits, such as:
- Reduced cholesterol
- Increased energy
- Stronger immunity
- Improved circulation
- Faster muscle recovery
- Reduced Inflammation
So what are the big 8 Hemp Health Foods?
This little seed is ready to eat whole or shelled. Hemp Seeds are a nutrition packed food source that are rich in linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3). Just one hemp seeds holds over 30% healthy fat.
It’s the perfect fatty acid ratio that produces a protective heart effect. Research shows that hemp seeds normalize platelet aggregation.
And the heart benefits continue… The special profile of amino acids in hemp seeds increase the production of nitric oxide in the body aka widening blood vessels. In turn, this process improves circulation, which can lead to lower blood pressure.
Hemp seeds are popular for their “nutty” flavour. The taste of a hemp seed is a combination of a sesame seed and cashew nut.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is nutritious and versatile. It is made from raw hemp seeds and contains potassium, iron, and Vitamin E antioxidants.
With it incredible nutritional profile, hemp oil is used in a variety of recipes. Looking for a health alternative to everyday salad dressing? Use hemp oil. It’s simple and combines with most dishes. Hemp is even healthier than olive and flaxseed oil. Other healthy recipes include raw vegetables, marinades, and smoothies.
No more rice and soy milk! Say hello to hemp milk. Hemp milk is not only a healthy alternative to dairy; it’s yummy! It has a creamy consistency with a hint of that “nutty” flavour, like almond milk. You can buy hemp milk or make it at home.
Buyer beware of hemp milk flavoured with vanilla and chocolate, it can be packed full of sugar. The best option is to make your own hemp milk. Don’t worry, it’s easy than you think – it only takes five minutes! Just add water to whole hemp seeds, and let it rip! Hemp milk can be drunk plain, or you can use it in smoothies.
Love peanut butter on toast? Well, you can use hemp butter too! Packed with flavour, hemp butter is delicious on crackers, apple slices, and yes, toast. You can buy or make it nutty or sweet depending on your taste. For a sweeter hemp butter, add honey or dates. Like other natural nut butters, hemp butter contains oil so it must be stored in the fridge and stirred before using.
Another easy way to incorporate hemp into your food regime is by drinking it. Hemp smoothies are yummy and are quite filling due to mass amounts of fiber, but brilliantly they don’t cause bloating. Plus, you can get your daily serving of good fats while you’re at it.
How do you make a hemp smoothie? Easy, just use hemp seeds or hemp protein powder. Add the hemp ingredients to your preferred vegetables and/or fruit and turn on the power! Mmmmmm!
It only takes minutes to make a nutritious and delicious hemp smoothie. Many people have testified to higher energy levels and increased concentration after drinking a hemp smoothie. Remember, make your hemp smoothies with organic fruits and vegetables for that extra attempt at a healthy meal and to reap more health benefits.
Hemp Granola and Muesli
We all know that home-made granola is better than buying it from the shops, but have you ever thought of adding hemp to it? Hemp granola is full of protein and healthy fats.
The best hemp products for granola are hemp hearts or whole hemp seeds. These can be mixed with other seeds, natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey, and nuts. Hemp products are incredibly versatile and whatever recipe you can conjure up, hemp can easily be incorporated.
Always keep hemp granola in an airtight container.
Hemp Protein Powder
Did you know hemp protein powder is 100% fat-free? It is also cholesterol-free and high in magnesium. Hemp powder in protein shakes is a great way to get a high, rich protein intake in a single meal. One scoop of hemp protein powder in your smoothie is all it takes. Alternatively, you can add hemp powder to cereal, yogurt, or even juice. Don’t worry about the green hue of your food after adding the powder, it’s totally normal. This is due to its high chlorophyll content.
Hemp flour is produced by milling and sifting Hemp seed cake, which is produced after crushing hemp seeds for oil. It is a great gluten free alternative to regular wheat flour and has a fabulous rich nutty flavour. High in protein, omega oils and fibre you can combine it into any bread, cake or smoothie recipe. The flour is also combined with spelt or durum wheat and made into pasta, which combined with a hemp pesto is particularly nutritious and healthy!
These are just eight ways to integrate hemp into your daily diet. It doesn’t matter if you like milk, smoothies, or pasta, there is a hemp recipe waiting for you to try.
Where do you buy hemp products? The Hemp Shop, of course.