Hemp seeds have become popular in the health food community in the past few years.
Hemp seeds come from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Once you hear cannabis, you probably think of the cannabis that you smoke.
Hemp seeds come from a similar plant, but a different variety than the cannabis that you can consume smoke or consume as CBD oil.
Many people incorporate hemp seeds into their meals or snacks because of their health benefits.
Hemp seeds are very nutritious and have a mild, nutty flavor.
Source of fatty acids
Hemp seeds are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for brain and cardiovascular health, as well as joint health.
Hemp seeds contain a good amount of protein. About 25% of the calories are from protein.
Hemp seeds have about 6 grams of protein per a 2 tablespoon serving.
Other seeds like chia and flax, have much less protein per serving.
Vitamins and minerals
Hemp seeds contain many vitamins and minerals such as:
- calcium, which is important for bone and teeth health
- iron, which plays a role in energy, focus, immune health and regulation of body temperature
- magnesium, which is important to many body processes including blood sugar relation
- potassium, which helps regulate fluid balance and blood pressure
Hemp seeds really do pack a nutritional punch even in a small serving!
How to use hemp seeds
Hemp seeds can be used in so many ways and added to a variety of dishes.
You can sprinkle a few tablespoons of hemp seeds into your smoothies to up the nutrition factor and the protein.
You can use them alone, or even with a protein powder or combination of other nuts and seeds to make your fruit smoothies more filling and nutritious.
Try making a smoothie with a banana, your favorite berries, hemp seeds and some milk or yogurt for a creamy, sweet and filling breakfast or snack.
Many people love to sprinkle hemp seeds on top of their salads. You can even try toasting your hemp seeds in the oven for a few minutes to make them more flavorful and give them a bit of a crunch.
If you ever make homemade granola, try adding in some hemp seeds!
Using the same recipe every time can sometimes get boring, so try to mix it up.
You can easily make a granola by combining oats, hemp seeds, almonds or chopped walnuts with a bit of oil and sweetner and baking it in the oven until it is crispy. The hemp seeds will boost the nutrition and give a nice flavor!
Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse so there is no wonder that they are becoming so popular in the health food industry!