As I was making my morning smoothie the other day with hemp seeds, I became inspired to write about all the ways to eat hemp seeds and their benefits since they are my favorite superfood that I use almost daily.
One of the easiest ways to eat hemp seeds is blended into smoothies or sprinkled on top for a nutritious crunch. It is so easy to use hemp seeds in smoothies as they combine well with almost every fruit and vegetable (dare I say all). Hemp seeds can be a bit pricey yet worth every penny! I like to use 2 tbsp in my smoothies to boost my nutrition.
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Other ways to eat hemp seeds are sprinkled on top of salads, mixed with oatmeal porridge, or on top of toast or a rice cracker with banana, peanut butter, honey, and hemp seeds. Mmm, such a yummy healthy snack!
You can also add hemp seeds to scrambled eggs, blended or sprinkled on top of soups. The ideas are endless as to all the ways you can eat hemp seeds.
Nutritional benefits of hemp seeds
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of the essential omega-three fats and six fatty acids yet low in inflammatory saturated fats.
Hemp seeds are exceptionally high in vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese. They are also an excellent source of iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
Vitamin E and zinc are crucial nutrients for optimal immune health.
Magnesium is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies and an underlying cause of weight gain and insulin resistance. Optimal magnesium levels are essential for maintaining normal blood sugar levels.
Manganese helps boost antioxidant production as manganese is the co-factor for the SOD enzyme to make the body’s internal antioxidant superoxide dismutase.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant protein and contain all essential amino acids. Eating hemp seeds is especially beneficial for vegans and vegetarians as they are a complete protein source. They are a fantastic addition to anyone’s diet as they are a nutrition powerhouse packed with essential fatty acids and amino acids.
How to store hemp hearts
Hemp seeds should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator to prevent the oxidation of the delicate polyunsaturated fats. I recommend a glass jar or container over plastic.
Where to get hemp seeds
While I think everyone should have hemp seeds in their kitchen cupboards, they can still be difficult to source as many grocery stores do not stock hemp seeds (let’s hope that changes!) Almost all health food stores stock hemp seeds and is the best place to get hemp seeds local to your community.
Fortunately, we have access to online shopping such as Amazon and many other companies that ship hemp seeds worldwide!
The local health food supermarket is my go-to place for hemp seeds, where I buy a small bag weekly. I really should buy in bulk.
The easiest ways to eat hemp seeds are in smoothies, soups, and topped on salads, although there are so many ways to enjoy hemp seeds.
Here is a list of hemp seed recipes that I love!
- Healthy oatmeal for fatty liver
- Chocolate energy balls
- Greek quinoa salad
- Apple Banana Smoothie
- green Smoothie Recipe
- Beet Raspberry Smoothie
- Mango Banana Smoothie
- Banana Porridge for Babies
I love putting hemp seeds into low fodmap smoothies as they are an excellent low fodmap protein source for anyone on the low fodmap diet or SIBO diet. Below are some low fodmap smoothie recipes with hemp seeds.
- Low Fodmap Blueberry Smoothie
- Low Fodmap Carrot Orange Smoothie
- Low Fodmap Chocolate Smoothie
- Low Fodmap Strawberry Smoothie
Another reason why I love eating hemp seeds is that they are great for the environment and a sustainable protein source. The hemp plant is more effective than trees at sequestering carbon; thus, eating hemp seeds is a great way to offset our carbon footprint.
I hope you enjoy all the ways you can eat hemp seeds and find some new hemp seed recipe ideas! Let me know what your favorite way to eat hemp seeds is?! Also, be sure to learn about the benefits of hemp seeds for babies and how to get this superfood into their diet!