What? You haven't tried hemp yet? You really must! It is so healthy and adds texture to any salad, oatmeal or casserole. First, what is hemp? A lot of ill-informed people think it has the active compounds found in cannabis. But it doesn't! Therefore, you do not have to worry about any negative effects from eating hemp seeds.
Hemp has a ton of health benefits. Here are a few really important ones from Dr. Axe.
1) May support weight loss. This is partly due to the fiber in hemp seeds, which promotes satiety and in turn aids weight loss.
2) Promotes digestive health. High in insoluble and soluble fiber, hemp seeds provide more than enough bulk to keep your gastrointestinal system regular. Additionally, this healthy mixture of roughage feeds the probiotics in your gut and helps secure a robust immune system.
3) Rich in GLA (Gamma-Linolenic acid). GLA is necessary for the body to help build hormone-like chemicals that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature.
So how can you incorporate Hemp Seeds into your everyday routine?
First, you can put them into any smoothie you are making. They incorporate really well and are high in protein, giving your smoothie extra power. Try making this Ginger & Hemp "heal yourself" smoothie from Trinity's Conscious Kitchen. Click here for the recipe.
Another idea is to make this Vegan Hemp Seed Pesto from the Spruce. The pesto can be used on anything from pasta, as a spread on toasty garlic bread or as a dip for meat-free nuggets. Click here for the recipe.
Now, ready for a real meal recipe? Try these Veggie, Hemp & Millet Nuggets from The First Mess. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for new ways to make vegan or vegetarian main dishes for our meat-free nights. I am definitely trying this recipe. Click here for the recipe.
Now that I've given you a few ideas on how to incorporate Hemp in your routine, I also wanted to share the Hemp Seeds I buy. Here they are!