Hemp seeds have been a staple in my diet for several years now. They are a nutritious and yummy addition to almost any snack or meal. Read on to find out more about them and why I love them!
WHAT ARE HEMP SEEDS, ANYWAY?
Hemp seeds come from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Don’t be concerned: Hemp, though related to, is NOT marijuana. It is cultivated differently and does not contain the THC as marijuana does. You won’t get high from consuming hemp seeds, no matter how many you eat! Hemp seeds can be bought whole or shelled (you can also buy it as an oil), though shelled is the only way I’ve consumed them. Shelled hemp seeds are also referred to as “hemp hearts” or “hulled hemp seeds.”
WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE?
Shelled hemp seeds are soft and have a delicious buttery, nutty flavor!
ARE THEY REALLY THAT HEALTHY?
Yes! Hemp seeds have numerous health benefits! They:
- Are a great source of protein (10 grams of protein in just 3 Tablespoons!) and contain all of the essential amino acids
- Are loaded with vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, D, E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Thiamin, Potassium, Zinc
- Contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, for healthy digestion
- Are a great source of fatty acids with a balanced ratio of Omega 3’s to Omega 6’s
- Are easily digestible
- Are allergy friendly
HOW DO I EAT THEM?
Hemp seeds are best eaten raw and can be sprinkled into literally anything, from pancakes to pasta to toast to salad to cereal to yogurt to smoothies to quesadillas… literally, anything! You can also bake with them (check out this recipe), but baking at 350 degrees F or under is advised, as too high of heat can damage the natural oils (though the protein and fiber value will remain unharmed.)
WHERE CAN I BUY THEM AND WHAT SHOULD I BUY?
Hemp seeds are available at nearly every regular grocery store, as well as online. It’s important to buy hemp seeds that are from Canada, the US, or Europe, as other countries do not have the same restrictions/regulations. It is also important to check the product’s expiration date, as omega 3’s are perishable.
HOW DO I STORE THEM?
Store your hemp seeds in a sealed container in the fridge for longer shelf life and to maintain freshness. Make sure to use them by their expiration date – it won’t harm you to eat them past, but their omega 3 content will not be as high!
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