Hemp seeds are small seeds from the hemp plant (no, no active THC in these seeds) loaded with nutrients especially protein, vitamin E, and healthy fats. Hemp seeds are slightly sweet and nutty, they have a neutral flavor which makes them perfect for adding to dishes and recipes very easily to add nutrition. Hemp seeds are definitely a “superfood” in my book because of their nutrient density.
How to use | I love adding hemp seeds to salads for a boost in protein and healthy fats. They’re also great blended into dressings, desserts, smoothies, butters, Nourish Bowls, porridges, sauces, granola, muesli, etc. to add a thick texture to the recipe. Hemp seeds can also be made into milk, ice cream, or other creamy dishes.
Nutrient breakdown of HEMP SEEDS | *per 30g, 2 tablespoons
Protein | 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds contains 11g protein
Fiber | 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds contains 1g fiber
Healthy fats | 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds contains 14g of fat 80% essential fatty acids [omega-3 (22%), omega-6 (55%)]
Iron | 16% DV
Magnesium | 48% DV
Zinc | 23% DV
Hemp seeds are a fantastic way for plant-based dieters to get a great amount of protein and healthy fats into their diet in a very small volume. They can essentially be used in any dish because of their small size and relatively neutral flavor. I would categorize hemp seeds as a protein/fat for plant-based lifestyles as one serving contains both a decent amount of protein and fat.
Where to purchase | health food stores, grocery stores, farmers markets, or online retailers.
Tips and tricks | store hemp seeds in an airtight container in the freezer to keep the fatty acids from oxidizing quickly.