Hemp seeds have been shown to improve digestion, reduce symptoms of PMS and menopause, reduce the risk of heart disease, lower inflammation throughout the body, boost immune system function, and more. This is due to the powerful nutrients that are packed into each seed. While many individuals choose to use hemp seed products in their daily diet, there are so many more uses for this amazing food. One exciting way to get an extra boost from hemp seeds is to use them in the foods you make for various celebrations.
Whether you are planning for a birthday, anniversary, or a baby shower, explore three fun ideas for incorporating hemp seeds into your menu plan.
Hemp Seed Flour Birthday Cake
When it comes to birthdays, having a memorable cake is everything. To make a healthy and delicious cake, replace standard flour with hemp seed flour. Not only is hemp seed flour gluten free, but it is also vegan and non-GMO. This flour is a complete source of 20 amino acids, and is high in protein. In addition to the health benefits, hemp seed flour creates an exceptional flavor profile. You can also use it to make other gluten free baked goods, such as breads, muffins, and cookies.
Fruit & Vegan Dark Chocolate Hemp Seed Bar Platter
Need a simple, tasty, and quick-to-prepare treat for your party guests? Pair assorted fruits (such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries) with vegan dark chocolate hemp seed bars. While your guests will think that they are indulging in a decadent treat, they will actually be consuming a powerful blend of nutrients from both the hemp seeds and the chocolate. Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve brain function, protect the skin from the sun, and help control weight. Additionally, the hemp seeds deliver a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids. To make your fruit and chocolate platter, break the bars into squares, or into larger pieces. Serve on a favorite wooden board or decorative plate, and surround with a colorful blend of fruits.
Crackers and Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter
For a more savory treat, pair your favorite brand(s) of crackers or toast with gourmet hemp seed butter. This seed butter is similar in consistency to peanut or almond butter. Depending on how formal the event is set to be, you can have guests scoop and spread the hemp seed butter right from the jar, or you can create a platter of pre-made crackers with the spread already on them. To add even more flavor, pair with raw honey and a pinch of cinnamon. Hemp seed butter offers all of the same health benefits as all other hemp seed foods.
When planning a party or event, your menu doesn’t have to be full of unhealthy treats. Instead of going with the usual, serve one (or more) of the healthy and delicious hemp seed creations listed above.