Hemp

Hemp is considered one of the world’s most nutritious plants. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids making them an ideal source of protein for vegans. The essential fatty acids (both Omega-3s and Omega-6s) are abundant in hemp seeds and magnesium, iron, and potassium are in good supply along with fibre. Some of hemp seed’s supply of antioxidants comes from its vitamin E content. Hemp belongs to the genus Cannibis sativa and has been cultivated for thousands of years as a source of fibre, edible seeds, edible oil, lubricant, and as a fuel.

Hemp plants grow brown popcorn kernel-sized hard seeds. Inside these hard seeds lie soft, white or light green inner kernels. You can’t really derive a lot of nutritional value from the unhulled seeds, so when you see a bag at the store labeled “hemp seeds,” what you’re actually buying is those soft inner kernels, also known as hemp hearts. Hemp hearts can be pressed to make hemp seed oil, leaving behind a byproduct that can be turned into hemp protein powder.

Hemp seeds are being used in many packaged products, usually found in health food stores, including hemp milk, ground hemp flour, hemp oil and hemp ice cream. Try sprinkling hemp seeds over a salad, as a topping on granola, puddings or other desserts. Frequently sold as a superfood, hemp seeds can be added to smoothies both at home and in many cafes and juice bars. Hemp seeds can also be used in baking and cooking though the nutritional content is at its highest in its raw state.

Hemp Seeds are a more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk, or any other high protein food. They have a better spectrum of available proteins than soybeans–without the soybean anti-nutritional factors. They are an excellent protein product for everyone – mothers, babies, body builders, convalescents, the elderly

Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control. Hemp can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.

 Speedy hemp courgetti noodle salad

  • 1 large courgette, spiralized
  • 1/2 cup ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  • I avocado diced
  • 1 tablespoon hemp oil
  • 1 juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon hemp seeds, toasted or plain
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and toss to coat courgetti noodles.