Have you heard of hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds have been used for thousands of years by various cultures as a traditional medicine and dietary supplement because the effects were so clearly positive. Modern science has explained why hemp has always seemed like such a healthy thing to eat, it is one of the only dietary sources of plant matter that is a complete protein. This means that it contains all 8 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce naturally, but requires for a vast number of internal processes. However, this is only one of the many attributes that make hemp seeds such a great addition to any diet and lifestyle.
Mike and I started taking hemp seeds about 2 years ago and instantly fell in love with this nutty looking seed. Hemp is the common term for a variety of plants in the Cannabis family. ( no I am not going there with this post lol ) This beneficial and versatile plant can be turned into fibers, oil, wax, resin, cloth, fuel, and a wide range of other useful products. This seed fascinates me and the history behind this guy is double fascinating.
The benefits of hemp as a food source are mind blowing and the ways you can incorporate hemp into your diet are so vast and beautiful. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Sprinkle some on your salad
- Sprinkle some on your pasta dishes
- Add some into your morning shake
- Add a tablespoon into your favorite cookie dough recipe
- Add a tsp on top of your sandwich
- Incorporate a few tablespoons into your favorite sauce
- Add 1/4 cup into your granola recipe
- Toast some and throw them on top of a piece of avocado toast
- Add some to your waffle recipe
Ok you get my point right? You can do ANYTHING with these seeds. Now not only do these seeds taste great but they are super rich in zinc, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and fiber. As I mentioned above these babies are a complete protein, they contain 21 amino acids and contain GLA
The possible health benefits from enjoying hemp seeds are beginning to explode. Here is a very easy to follow article outlining some of them. Trust me on this one friends, the research is pouring in and these seeds are ALMOST as exciting to me as mushroom powder is right now 🙂