Hemp has been cultivated for over 10,000 years and it’s one of the earliest domesticated plants. It was first used in China and Taiwan to make ropes, pottery, clothing, and even early forms of paper. Today, it’s still used to make many of those things and more! It would probably be easier to make a list of things hemp can’t be used for. Along with it’s early uses in making paper and clothing you can also find it in biodegradable plastic, body products, oil, birdseed, and even bio fuel.
I’ve given you all of these facts about hemp, but why I am writing about it? In addition to its tons of other uses, hemp seeds can be eaten raw and made into milk and protein powder! It’s a great addition to any meal if you’re looking to pack in the most nutrients possible as it is a great source of protein and contains amino and fatty acids and different essential vitamins and minerals.
Hempseed is a complete protein that contains all eight essential amino acids and Omega-3, -6, and -9, along with plenty of B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, and more; adding healthy sources of those things can aid in weight loss and increase your overall health. It’s also a great alternative to soy because it’s easier to digest and less likely to provoke an allergic reaction.
Now you know all of the awesome facts and nutritional information about hemp and you’re probably wondering how you can incorporate it into your diet! I personally love to incorporate it into various breakfast foods. Hemp seeds, protein powder, and/or milk can be easily blended into any smoothie. I also like the seeds sprinkled into my almond milk yogurt along with fresh fruits and granola. I’ve even added hemp protein powder to vegan pancakes and waffles and they’ve turned out great! The taste blends pretty well so you get the same great flavor with extra added nutrients! While I haven’t made too many savory dishes with hemp, a big winner was my roasted bell peppers stuffed with quinoa, veggies, and hemp seeds! It added a nice texture and tasted awesome!
There are also store-bought hemp products like Tempt Hemp Milk, which comes in original, vanilla, and chocolate, and Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola. The milk is delicious and the granola is seriously amazing (finally, packaged granola without honey!!)
What are your opinions on hemp protein?!