Hemp seeds come from the plant cannabis sativa and are considered one of the most nutritious seeds around, and for good reason. These amazing seeds have a wealth of well documented health benefits associated with them, making them an incredible food to add to your diet. They are a rich & a complete source of protein, high fibre content, as well as being packed full of vitamins & minerals. Hemp seeds, when compared to other seeds, are closer to being a complete source of essential amino acids than any other seed.
One of the benefits of hemp seeds is that they can be a rich source of essential fatty acids that can help live a healthy lifestyle. They can be eaten in their raw form and sprinkled on salads, porridge and smoothie bowls, or ground into a hemp powder, or hemp meal as it can be referred to, so that they can easily be added to smoothies, cakes, muffins and other home baking.
Why choose hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds contain a rich nutrition profile including a number of benefits that could potentially improve your health. The shells of the organic hemp seeds can be quite hard but are a good source of fiber. There a number of reasons why you could consider consuming hemp seeds in your weekly diet – it’s an easy way to essential minerals, protein and fibre in your meals, and can be quickly and easily added to a variety of meals at any time of day. Hemp seeds contain over 50% more protein than chia seeds and are low in carbs. We have two types of hemp seeds available for you to buy online including shelled hemp seeds which have had the husk removed only leaving the hemp protein center. Both are rich in important nutrients that are required on a daily basis. Thanks to being rich in essential fatty acids, these tiny little seeds could help with maintaining healthy hair and skin. Just 30g of hemp seeds provides you with all of the omega-3 you are recommended to have per day. Hemp seeds are also high in fibre and a good source of magnesium.
Can you eat raw hemp seeds?
Yes, hemp seeds can be eaten raw. They have a nutty taste and crunchy texture and can be added to a whole range of meals. Think outside the box and get experimenting with hemp seeds – why not create a photo-worthy smoothie bowl to mix up your morning routine or sprinkle on salads for a an extra, nutty crunch!
Hemp seeds are so versatile
These amazing seeds are extremely versatile and given that they are high in protein they are perfect for snacking on and increasing the protein value of meals, particularly vegan meals and breakfasts where we can lack sufficient protein intake. They have a light and nutty flavour making them a great addition to your favourite meals. People worldwide use hemp seeds in salads, smoothies, porridge, stir frys, soups, homemade energy bars and sprinkled on top of the ever-so-trendy avocado on toast!
How to use hemp seeds
- Sprinkle on top of meals like salads and stir frys
- Ground down to a powder form and add to smoothies and cake recipes
- Use for environmentally friendly fishing bait
- Use as an organic bird feed in your garden
- Make your own hemp milk
- Experiment with making a delicious hemp seed butter.
You can buy hemp seeds online and choose from a range of options including organic varieties. We deliver to most of the UK and to Europe with fast efficient delivery times and a great customer services team.
Hemp seeds, with or without the outer shell, are packed full of essential daily nutrients. Buy hemp seeds online for free delivery on UK orders over £30
Everything You Need to Know About How to Eat Hemp Seeds
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods
As far as the nut and seed world goes, hemp seeds are like the straight-A student who’s also captain of the football team. A couple of spoonfuls of hemp seeds packs a serious amount of essential nutrients, they’re easy to eat and cook with, and they have a pleasantly nutty taste, like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut. And no, they won’t get you remotely high. Here’s everything you need to know about how to buy and eat these little seeds.
Although hemp and marijuana are members of the same species, Cannabis sativa, they’re in effect completely different plants. There are about a dozen varieties of hemp plants that are grown for food, and all of them contain about 0.001 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. This means you can eat as much hemp as you want and you’ll never have to worry about getting high or failing a drug test. Although certain states have begun to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the last couple of years, the hemp seeds you can find at your grocery or health food store were likely grown in Canada or China.
Hemp plants grow brown popcorn kernel-sized hard seeds. Inside these hard seeds lie soft, white or light green inner kernels that are packed with essential amino acids, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. You can’t really derive a lot of nutritional value from the unhulled seeds, so when you see a bag at the store labeled “hemp seeds,” what you’re actually buying is those soft inner kernels, also known as hemp hearts. Hemp hearts can be pressed to make hemp seed oil, leaving behind a byproduct that can be turned into hemp protein powder. You can find all of these hemp products at health food stores, or a well-stocked grocery store like Whole Foods.
Eating shelled hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, is as simple as sprinkling a spoonful or two into smoothies or on top of cereal, salads, or yogurt, says Kelly Saunderson of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, the world’s largest hemp foods manufacturer. People with gluten sensitivity can use hemp seeds as a substitute for breadcrumbs to coat chicken or fish. Just like you can blend almonds and water to make almond milk, you can do the same with hemp seeds for hemp seed milk, which you can use as an alternative to dairy milk in drinks and recipes. And because of its nutty flavor, hemp seeds make a great substitute for people with nut allergies—you can dry-toast them over low heat to bring out even more of that nuttiness.
Hemp seed oil should be used as a finishing oil, rather than a cooking or frying oil, since the delicate omega fatty acids will break down during the cooking process, stripping the oil of its nutritional benefits. Instead, use it to make salad dressings, or drizzle over pasta, grilled veggies, or popcorn.
Hemp seeds are considered one of the most valuable plant-based proteins out there. Here's what you need to know about how to eat them.