Uses and Health Benefits of Eating Hemp Seeds
The hemp seeds you can pick up at your local grocery store come from the same hemp plant renowned for its durable fiber. The seeds of the hemp plant, also known as hemp nuts, are edible. Along with being eaten just as they are, hemp seeds are used in a growing number of food products that can be added to other dishes, including hemp milk, hemp butter, hemp protein and even hemp tofu.
Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Seed
Hemp is considered one of the world’s most nutritious plants. The seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, making them an ideal source of protein for vegans and raw foodists. The essential fatty acids (both Omega-3s and Omega-6s) are abundant in hemp seeds and come in a ratio that is highly beneficial to humans. Magnesium, iron, and potassium are in good supply along with fiber. Some of hemp seed’s supply of antioxidants comes from its vitamin E content.
Culinary Uses of Hemp Seed
Hemp seeds are used in many packaged products, usually found in health food stores. Some of these products, such as hemp milk and ground hemp flour, are relatively simple to make at home from the seeds. Other products are not so easily replicated such as hemp oil, hemp ice cream, and hemp protein powder. Hemp has a slightly nutty flavor, perhaps best comparable to pine nuts, but of course, the texture is quite different.
How to Use Hemp Seeds
Try sprinkling hemp seeds over a salad or as a topping on granola, puddings, or other desserts. Frequently sold as a superfood, hemp seeds can be added to smoothies both at home and in many cafes and juice bars. They can also be used in baking and cooking, though the nutritional content is at its highest in its raw state.
More Reasons Why You Should Eat Hemp
If you care about the environment and sustainable living, you should definitely be a fan of eating hemp products and hemp seeds! Hemp is widely considered to be among the most sustainable plants on the planet. It doesn’t deplete the soil, as some crops can, and it can easily be cultivated in a variety of places. Hemp grows quickly and is quite hardy as a plant, able to withstand disease and pests.
Here's everything you need to know about hemp seeds, a superfood that's packed full of proteins, making it popular for vegetarians and vegans.
Hemp Seed Recipes: How to Use Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are a very healthy source of protein for vegetarians and are a simple superfood to include in any healthy diet. Browse through a few of these vegetarian and mostly vegan hempseed recipes and enjoy all those healthy hemp amino acids and essential fatty acids!
Breakfast Ideas Using Hemp Seeds
My favorite way to have hemp seeds for breakfast is to just sprinkle some into whatever cereal, granola or whole grain (I love having quinoa or quinoa flakes for breakfast) I’m having for breakfast. Another simple way to get some of those tasty crunchy omega-3 filled hemp seeds for breakfast is to sprinkle them on toast. They’re fantastic on toast with peanut butter (or soy nut butter or almond butter or whatever you use), and I love having toast with a little Earth Balance vegan margarine and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and hemp seeds for a quick breakfast. It may sound odd, but don’t knock it till you try it! Here’s a few more healthy vegetarian and vegan breakfast recipe ideas to have hemp seeds for breakfast:
- Raw foods granola trail mix recipe with hemp seeds
- Homemade hemp milk
Salads with Hemp Seeds
A shake of hemp seeds goes well on just about any salad to transform your regular green salad into a superfood green salad – you really can’t go wrong. Here’s a few hemp seed salad recipes to try:
Browse through a few of these vegetarian and mostly vegan hemp seed recipes and enjoy all those healthy hemp amino acids and essential fatty acids!