How to Incorporate More Hemp Seeds Into Your Diet

Posted by Mellow Mel on 20th Mar 2018

How to Incorporate More Hemp Seeds Into Your Diet

Did you know that hemp seeds can aid in weight loss, alleviate joint pain, and make your skin glow?

Hemp seeds are a nutrition powerhouse. Just one tablespoon alone can give you 10 grams of protein and a hefty punch of dietary fiber.

No matter what your health background currently is, hemp seeds can transform your lifestyle quickly and easily. It can be tough, however, figuring out how to incorporate more of these seeds into your diet.

This is especially the case if you're new to the world of hemp and its possibilities. In this post, we'll talk about how you can bring more hemp seeds into your daily life!

1. Use Hemp Seeds in Homemade Granola

If you love making your own breakfast granola or have been hankering to do so, make sure you add hemp to the list of granola ingredients.

Hemp's seeds are naturally nutty, giving any granola a sweet and fibrous taste.

They are much like flax seeds in the sense that they can help fill out an otherwise uninteresting granola with flavor and nutrients.

Here is a great healthy granola recipe you can use.

Treat hemp as a dry ingredient and make sure you mix it in with the oats or whatever grain you are using as your base. This will ensure that it binds effectively to ingredients rather than pooling at the bottom of the bowl or cookie sheet.

For a more bolder flavor, toast your hemp lightly prior to adding to your granola.

Layer the bottom of a skillet or saucepan with hemp seeds and heat until the seeds start creating a nutty aroma or turn golden.

2. Add Them to Smoothies

If you're an athlete who depends on protein shakes or smoothies to power through a workout, don't forget your hemp.

Toss a tablespoon or two of seeds into your blender as you're preparing a delicious smoothie.

If you're worried about the seeds impacting the smoothie's flavor, don't be -- they'll mix in nicely with any leafy greens, milk alternative, and/or protein powder.

In fact, they're a great way to add an extra punch of protein to a protein shake!

3. Create a Unique Salad Topping

Everybody loves a crunchy salad replete with crisp leaves, flavorful dressing, and appropriate toppings.

Why not add hemp to the mix?

If you're accustomed to adding walnuts, pine nuts, or other crunchy protein-packed morsels to your leaves, hemp is an awesome alternative.

They're tiny enough to feel unobtrusive, and they can give your salad the extra crunch and nutty flavor it needs. Hemp seeds can also complement lighter or plainer dressing flavors.

4. Make Your Own Hemp Milk

If you're vegan or seeking alternatives to dairy milk, consider crafting your own bonafide hemp milk from seeds!

If you are new to making nut or seed milk on your own, don't worry. Creating hemp milk isn't as complicated as making almond milk.

All you need is a blender, some water, hemp seeds, and optional flavoring. Simply blend up a few tablespoons of seeds with up to 1 cup of water.

Make sure you blend it for quite some time to give the particles a chance to fully integrate. You may want to add some vanilla flavoring, honey, or a dash of cinnamon at this point.

Store your homemade hemp milk in the fridge and always shake it before you use it.

If the ratio of seeds to water seems a little off, feel free to vary it up depending on the consistency you want.

5. Have a Breakfast of Champions

Hemp is highly sprinkle-able, meaning that you can toss it on just about anything!

Start your day the right way by bringing some seeds on board for breakfast. Sprinkle hemp over your oatmeal for a nutty punch.

Or mix a tablespoon or two of seeds into your bowl of yogurt and fresh berries. You can even create hemp seed french toast!

6. Create Hemp Cookies

Looking for a way to make your desserts more healthy? Hemp can help.

Experiment with making hemp seed cookies. Choose any cookie recipe out there and simply toss a handful of seeds in with the flour.

Of course, you can also find recipes that are devoted solely to hemp and make the seeds the dominant flavor. Cookies aren't your only options for hemp desserts. Sprinkle seeds into brownie batter or as toppings on vegan cakes.

Instead of artificially flavored sprinkles, offer guests a bowl of hemp's seeds.

7. Pesto, Anyone?

If you love pasta, you'll love this idea. Make your own pesto using hemp.

Traditional pesto is made using basil and pine nuts (or walnuts). Instead of pine or walnuts, use hemp.

The seeds will give a more robust, nutty flavor and a higher amount of dietary fiber, omega-3s, and more.

You can even make your pesto vegan by substituting vegan parmesan cheese or skipping the cheese factor altogether.

8. Bake Hemp Bread

Whether you have a bread maker or love to create your own dough yourself, don't forget hemp the next time you bake a fresh loaf.

Hemp can be a wonderful addition to the flavor of the bread itself. Knead a few solid handfuls into the dough as you're preparing it.

You can even create a seeded loaf using hemp, flax, poppy, and sunflower seeds. Mix these diverse seeds into the dough or set them on the surface of the loaf before baking.

Incorporating Hemp Seeds Into Your Diet

Hemp is king when it comes to easy and effective nutrition. If you're new to the world of hemp, ease seeds into your diet by sprinkling them on familiar foods such as granola, oatmeal, and salads.

Or you can create your own hemp milk, bread, and desserts. Don't forget about pesto, either, if you are a pasta fan!

Last but not least, if you love hemp and all it offers, don't forget to check out hemp butter. It's like peanut butter but packed full of all the nutrition you need!

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