How To Integrate Hemp Seeds into Your Diet

Hemp products are making waves in many industries. Wallets, boat sails, clothing, rope and many other products are made from hemp and now the plant has found a place in the food culture of America. Not only is hemp seed incredibly nutritious, it is also a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Whether you are a student taking online culinary courses or just want to add some flair to your next meal, consider using hemp seeds as an ingredient.

Why should I include hemp seeds in my diet?
There are very few foods on the planet that provide as much nutrition as the hemp seed. Nearly every essential amino acid is in this tiny package. There is also a high protein to mass ratio. Oil from the hemp seed has a high concentration of essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6 acids.

How can I introduce hemp seeds into my meals?
Raw, shelled hemp seeds are a perfect snack when you are on the run and can’t spend a lot of time preparing a full meal. In addition, there are a variety of ways to incorporate hemp seeds into your favorite meal that don’t take too long. Many people enjoy using the seeds as a simple topping for oatmeal, yogurt, salads, pudding and pancakes. You can bring a bag of hemp seeds to a restaurant and order a simple salad and an avocado if it’s available. Himalayan or kosher sea salt combines perfectly with this mixture of seeds and vegetables. If you’re at home making your own salads with hemp seeds, you can make a simple salad dressing with garlic, olive oil, lemon and honey.

Others find hemp seeds to be a great addition to a healthy fruit smoothie or alkaline-balancing shake. If you enjoy mashed cauliflower or other alternatives to mashed potatoes, include these seeds for not only flavor but to raise your energy levels. Another mood-boosting way to eat hemp seeds is in combination with granola, dried fruit, a variety of healthy nuts and seeds from pumpkins and sunflowers.

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