We look at different ways of getting superfood Hemp into your everyday diet
As more and more people turn off meat and look for plant based, delicious and protein rich substitutes, so does the popularity of superfoods like Hemp increase!
Hemp is jam-packed of fats, oils, vitamins and minerals which are essential and beneficial to a healthy diet. 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.
And the environmental impacts of Hemp are incredible too! Hemp is one of the only carbon-positive plants used in Human agriculture – it fixes the earth as it is growing and Hemp requires zero pesticides meaning no nasty toxins seep into the groundwater through the soil and into the water cycle. You can read more about why Hemp is good here.
There are also no related psychoactive properties in Hemp because it contains no more than 0.3% THC. Cannabis contains between 5-80% THC. So Hemp won’t produce mind-bending effects but its health benefits are innumerable! These include:
– Reduced cholesterol
– Increased energy
– Stronger immunity
– Improved circulation
– Increased muscle recovery
– Reduced inflammation
So what is the best way of getting Hemp into your diet?
The special profile of amino acids in Hemp Seeds increase the production of nitric oxide in the body which widens blood vessels, improves circulation and 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.
An easy way to incorporate hemp into your food regime is by drinking it. No more rice and soy milk! Say hello to hemp milk!
You get your daily serving of good fats, it’s an environmentally friendly alternative to dairy and it’s delicious! It has a creamy consistency with a hint of that “nutty” flavour, like almond milk. Unlike alot of plant based dairy alternatives though, Hemp Milk is by far the most eco-friendly. A recent article you can read by following this link looks at the damage Almond Milk is doing to Bees. You can buy Hemp Milk here or make it at home.
Buyer Beware of hemp milk flavoured with vanilla and chocolate as it can be packed full of sugar. Hemp milk can be drunk plain, or you can use it in smoothies/protein shakes.
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.
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 Biscuits, Pastas, Pancake/Falafel Mix which combined with a Hemp Pesto is particularly nutritious and healthy!
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 Seed Oil is used in a variety of recipes. It’s healthier than Olive Oil and Flaxseed Oil, is packed with flavour and goodness. Looking for a healthy alternative to everyday salad dressing, pasta toppings, sauces, pestos, soups? Use Hemp Oil!
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? The nutritional value in Hemp, its protein and healthy fats, is guaranteed to give you a great start to the day!
The best hemp products for homemade Granola are Hemp Hearts/Shelled Hemp Seeds 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/fitness shake is all it takes. Alternatively, you can add hemp powder to cereal, yogurt, or even juice!
Please note. 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 (a good thing!).
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.