Hemp seeds have been in the spotlight lately, quickly gathering buzzworthy status — and for good reason. They are among the few seeds that boast a host of nutritional properties and can be counted as a complete protein.
This is good news for vegetarians, vegans, and even omnivores who like to take a break from animal proteins every now and then.
These little seeds offer the complete nutritional power of hemp with their blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, high fiber content, and quality amino acid profile.
Hemp seeds are also high in magnesium, a mineral that helps with relaxation, blood sugar control, and blood pressure.
My 3 favorite ways to incorporate Hemp seeds into my diet:
- Adding to smoothies, see recipe below
- Sprinkling on salads, I love adding to my homemade seaweed salad
- Incorporating into my “energy” bars — stay tuned for this recipe in coming posts!
Just three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds have 10 grams (g) of protein, 14g fat (mostly coming from omega-3 and omega-6 fats), and 2g fiber.
Here’s my favorite Hemp Smoothie Recipe:
Straw-Nana Hemp Smoothie
2 cups unsweetened coconut or almond milk
3 Tbsp. Nutiva hemp seeds
5 fresh strawberries
1 handful kale
1 Tbsp. ground Chia seed
2-3 ice cubes
Blend well and enjoy!
Hemp seeds are a great way to get a complete protein, plus some vital nutrients your body will use to keep you energized and healthy!
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Written By Missi Holt