I’m very excited to have bought myself some hemp. In the form of protein powder and seeds this time (other edible products like hemp flour and oil are available too, will try in the future). I have been hearing hemp food products mentioned here and there but it wasn’t until I read about just how good hemp is for you that I decided I wanted to make it a daily habit. Hemp is a great source of:
- One of the most easily digested proteins available
- Nutrients including vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B6, potassium, folate, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and chlorophyll which alkalises the body.
- Essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Omega 6 and 3 in the correct ratio. (Here is a good explanation of why we need EFA’s so much)
- All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids which our bodies cannot produce. Approx 65% of the protein in hemp seeds is made up of the protein Edistin which is considered the backbone of DNA and is found only in hemp.
- A lack of artificial additives and chemicals
We need all this for energy, strong bones, good skin and hair, good sleep, heart health, digestive health, warding off cancer and dementia and much more!
This powder is great for everyone including those who want to build muscle, vegans and anyone wanting to add extra nutrition into their diet. This is my smoothie:
- 200 ml homemade almond milk – or milk of your choice but preferably not dairy or soy and watch the added sugar content in any other bought milks. Coconut water is great too.
- 2 dessert spoons of Hemp Protein Powder (I measured it once on the scales as per the directions on the back of the pack, now I know what the quantity looks like.)
- 1/2 banana
- Handful of frozen berries of your choice. These act like ‘ice’ as well as adding heaps of antioxidants.
- Dessert spoon of LSA or ground flax and / or hemp seeds. For extra nutrients, EFA’s and fibre.
- Also try a tsp of maca powder for balancing hormones and extra energy and probiotics for gut health and immunity.
Yum! I have one for breakfast which keeps me energised all morning or if I am doing my pump class at the gym that day (with weights and barbells) I will have it as soon as I get home to feed my muscles. I feel comfortably full after drinking it, not bloated like some protein powders can make you feel. I heard there is no known allery to hemp either which is good news for allergy sufferers.
The seeds are beautiful on their own, sprinkled on cereal or porridge, in the smoothie or in any raw recipe where nuts and seeds are required. I personally would not bake them just in case some of their beautiful goodness is compromised.
Here is some further reading on how awesome hemp products are for your health: http://www.livestrong.com/article/276678-the-benefits-of-hemp-protein-powder/ http://www.purehealingfoods.com/hempHeartsInfo.php
On top of being so good for you hemp is amazingly sustainable, you can make pretty much anything from hemp, it grows really fast and it grows almost anywhere. Read here for more info: http://thegogreenblog.com/hemp-the-ultimate-sustainable-resource/
Try some hemp today!