Jul 212015

benefits of hempBy now you have heard all the buzz about, and hopefully are including powerful hemp seeds in your diet.  Hemp seeds pack a seriously powerful punch of pure plant nutrition.—in fact they are the most nutritious seed in the world.  Hemp seeds provide a healthy dose of protein, omega fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants and minerals all bottled up in a rich nutty flavor, and a tiny crunch.  These eco-friendly seeds can be enjoyed straight out of the bag, or sprinkled on virtually any dish to gain a giant boost of  nutrition.

I bet you didn’t know that hemp and marijuana are both made from the Cannabis plant, although hemp seeds contain negligible levels of the psychoactive substance in marijuana,–so you won’t get high from hemp!

What is the nutrition in Hemp Seeds?

Hemps seeds have the most concentrated  balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes, combined with an absense of sugars, starch, and saturated fat.  Hemp seeds are also safe for those with gluten sensitivities.

A 3 tablespoon serving of hemp seeds contains 180 calories, 15 grams of healthy fat, just 25mg of sodium, 1gram of carbs, and 10 grams of protein.  This is a rock star rating.  Not to mention 25% of the daily value of calcium,  and 25% of iron.

What are the Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds?

The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemps seeds are essential fats that help reduce inflammation and getting more in your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease. They may also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in concentrated amounts in the brain, and may play an important role in helping memory and cognition.  That got my attention!

Hemp seeds contain a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system. Hemp seeds are also a superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible, when compared to soy and whey. They can help fill holes in many people’s diets.  You can automatically add 5 grams of protein to anything by using just 1 Tablespoon.

How to store Hemp Seeds?

Since hemp seeds are approximately 73%  in the form of fats and essential fatty acids, they will oxidize and turn rancid within a short period of time if not stored properly; its shelf life is extended when stored in a dark airtight container and refrigerated.

How can I use Hemp Seeds?

hemp seed maca ballsWith everything!

  • On or in any salad or salad dressing
  • With pasta sauce or sprinkled on top to add a bit of nuttiness
  • Anything you have for breakfast—in cereals, oatmeal, over-night oatmeal, on top of toast, bagels, or waffles
  • Add protein to potatos, mock cauliflower mashed potatos, roasted potatos, or hash browns
  • Pudding—chia seed puddings are peaking, so why not add some hemp seeds?
  • Soups, stews, casseroles. Bring on the green protein.
  • And my personal favorite, tasty little powerballs combined with coconut oil, nuts, chia, cacao—endless possibilities.

Recipe for No-Bake Cacao Hemp Brownie bites

That said, click here to enjoy this weeks recipe for No-Bake Cacao Hemp Brownie bites.  I guarantee they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.

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