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I Swapped My Usual Snack for Hemp Seeds—Here’s How to Eat Them in 15 Ways

Jamie McKillop

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How to eat hemp seeds? We asked Well+Good readers on Instagram. And many weighed in with super smart ideas and recipes. Here are 15 easy ways they get down with hemp seeds. So you can, too.

Keep reading for 15 ideas for how to eat hemp seeds.

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Well+Good readers share their favorite ways to cook and eat hemp seeds

Severing: On top of salads, or in my vinaigrettes. In my chia seed spread for sandwiches. Smoothies.

Beingtricia: I always have them on hand. Great to add to anything. Salads. Smoothies. Avocado. Veggies. Easy to make hemp milk too.

Feelmyspinee: With pasta sauce! They add some nuttiness to the dish. Very yum.

Nephriticus: On top of salad, rice, smoothies. Mum is obsessed with the crunch.

Kpaide: In yogurt and smoothies. Great stuff. Keep in fridge.

Tismejenny: I make hemp milk and add it raw to smoothies and the like. Love this brand in particular.

Wellnesstwin_marcella: Add it to my cauliflower for mock mashed potato. Salad dressing with garlic, olive oil, lemon, honey. Add it to my smoothies and oatmeal in the morning. Or to homemade granola.

Hungryrunner: I’ve been topping my oatmeal with them. I love @wellnesstwin_marcella’s idea for the cauliflower mashed potato add-in too!

Fernolivia: For an easy lunch, I sprinkle extra virgin olive oil over greens and top with hemp hearts. I take them with me in my bag everywhere, along with Himalayan sea salt. No joke. I am known to order a simple salad at the bar (because it is the only healthy, plant-based option) and ask for avocado if they have it, and I get all my proteins and minerals with my carry-on toppings! It’s an absolute staple of mine!

Mandyvelahuff: I use them in my chia seed pudding. So super power, delicious!

Jartumbler: ‏So good in smoothies! Yum. And sprinkled on protein pancakes just before flipping to the second side.

PamelayLong: Add them to quinoa flakes or oatmeal, I also sprinkle on almond or coconut yogurt for a yummy and nutritious snack.

MarissaVicario: Just sprinkle on salads and in smoothies no cooking necessary.

Emmyparr: I have hemp hearts in my refrigerator right now! They are great in a kale salad, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil/lemon. Simple is good.

Kattancock: Don’t cook them! I use them in smoothies, in salads, added to oatmeal before I eat it.

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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.