Hemp seeds are small seeds from the hemp plant that are loaded with protein, vitamin E and healthy fats.
Hemp seeds are technically a nut and are often referred to as hemp hearts. Hemp seeds are small seeds that have a slightly sweet yet nutty flavor. The flavor is very mild, making them the perfect addition to any dish or recipe to boost the nutrition. Hemp seeds are often referred to as a “superfood” because of their nutrient density. They just so happen to be from the same species as cannabis, but they only contain trace amounts of THC.
Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds:
Hemp seeds are a fantastic way for plant-based eaters to get a fair amount of protein and healthy fat in their diet. They can essentially be used in any dish because of their small size and relatively neutral flavor. When it comes to hemp seeds, a little goes a long way! They can be considered both a protein and a fat source for plant-based lifestyles, as one serving contains both a decent amount of protein and fat.
In terms of healthy fats, they have a particularly healthy ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. In a traditional American diet, people often get too many omega 6 fatty acids and too little omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp seeds can help promote a healthier ratio of omega 3s to omega 6s.
Nutrient Breakdown of Hemp Seeds:
*Per 2 tbsps
- Protein | 11g
- Fiber | 1g
- Healthy fats | 14g of fat (80% essential fatty acids [omega-3 (22%), omega-6 (55%)])
- Iron | 16% DV
- Magnesium | 48% DV
- Zinc | 23% DV
How To Use:
Hemp seeds can be used in a variety of ways. You can always add hemp seeds to salads or bowls for a boost of protein and healthy fat. They’re also great when mixed into dressings, desserts, smoothies, butters, porridges, sauces, granola and muesli. Hemp seeds can also be made into milk, ice cream, or other creamy dishes! They can be consumed raw, or they may also be cooked or roasted.
Store hemp seeds in the freezer to keep fresh. Due to the presence of sensitive omega 3 fatty acids, hemp seeds are particularly at risk from rancidity in warm temperatures.