Showing posts with label hempseed recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hempseed recipes. Show all posts

Friday, December 27, 2013

Hop on Over to Healthy Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are considered a nutritionally dense food, surprisingly rich in macronutrients and micronutrients. It’s also highly digestible, which makes it a popular way to help those with malnourishment to recover quickly.  Its mineral content helps vegetarians get what they may not be getting from other sources. Even if you’re not malnourished or a vegetarian, hemp seeds are worth a second look, not only for their super-healthy benefits but also because it is a tasty addition to many recipes.

What hempseed’s not

Hempseed is not marijuana.  Yes, hemp seeds grow on the Cannabis sativa plant, and hemp plants to look similar to pot plants, but you can consume hemp seeds until the cows come home and you won’t get a buzz from the seeds no matter how hard you try, as the seeds contain very little of the psychoactive THC – the element in marijuana that makes you high.

Hemp seeds

What hempseed's got

Hemp’s nutrient-packed seeds contain no sodium, no cholesterol, and a scant 170 calories. But hemp seeds have plenty of good things. Three tablespoons of raw, shelled hemp seeds contain:
  • Ten grams of omega-3 and omega-6 fats – more essential fatty acids than even fish, flaxseed, or nut oils – and it’s in the ideal 3:1 ratio
  • More than 20 percent of the adult daily recommended allowance for iron, thiamin, and zinc
  • More than 40 percent of the daily requirement of phosphorus and magnesium
  • A whopping 110 percent of the daily requirements of manganese
  • Ten grams of complete protein – including all eight essential amino acids
If you are on a low-carb diet, no problem: hemp has only 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving (with net carbs being closer to zero, since you are also getting 3 grams of fiber).

Health benefits of hemp seeds

Because of hemp’s mega-dose of fatty acids, they are a value resource in preventing depression, reducing the risk of heart disease, and keeping osteoporosis at bay. Athletes appreciate hemp seeds for its ability to relax muscles and reduce joint pain and post-workout inflammation.  Others value hemp seeds for hormone balancing, for skin and hair health, and its potential to prevent memory loss.

How to buy hemp seeds

The three most common ways of adding hemp seeds to your diet is in the form of hempseed oil, hemp milk, or shelled hemp seeds. The latter is the least processed and will have the most vital nutrients intact. Things to look for when selecting hemp seeds:
  • Raw – Raw hempseeds contain more phytonutrients
  • Non-GMO – i.e. not genetically modified
  • Shelled – By shelling the hempseed, what you are left with is it center, which is where most of its nutrients are
You can find raw hempseed in your local health food store.  Even some of the big-box stores now sell hemp seeds. And if you have access to neither of those locally, no problem: many reliable web sites sell raw organic hemp seeds.

How to add hemp to your diet

You can find full recipes for hemp seeds below, but adding them to your diet is remarkably easy, thanks to their pleasant, mild flavor and texture:
  • Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of hemp seeds on your salad. You will find the texture and taste somewhat similar to pine nuts.
  • Add some to your morning granola. It blends in nicely, enhancing the texture.
  • Mix hemp seeds into your yogurt. Its mild flavor and slightly crunchy texture are a perfect addition.
  • Mix a tablespoon or two of hemp seeds into your fruit smoothie.  After blending, the seeds act as a thickener, while adding almost no discernible flavor difference.
  • Add a few tablespoons to any bowl of soup to make it slightly thicker and much more healthy.
After you have opened your package of hemp seeds, make sure to refrigerate the remainder to keep it fresh.

Hemp seed recipes

Food preparation with hemp seeds is fun and flexible, worthy of use in any meal:
If you’ve experimented with hemp seeds in your diet, tell us about it using the comment field below. 

Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer