Hemp, once a lesser known food stuff, is quickly becoming a celebrated super food; but first things first, don’t confuse this nutritious and amazing food with marijuana. It’s not pot, so you won’t get high; so if that was what you were after, sorry. True it is derived from the same plant, but so are linens, rope and tablecloth, among other things. Cannabis is in fact the Latin word for hemp; so there it is, rumor dispelled.
Hemp seeds and their oil are one of the most balanced oils on the market; meaning, hemp contains both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of those fats are considered essential fats as our bodies cannot supply them on their own and therefore must be obtained from our diet.
Hemp is incredibly beneficial in maintaining cardiovascular health; as the omega-6’s lower bad cholesterol and improve insulin sensitivity; and omega-3’s lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. The omega-3’s are also effective at decreasing blood pressure, platelet stickiness and fibrinogen levels, key in the prevention of atherosclerosis.
It’s well documented on this website that I enjoy a DIY milk project; and in this instance I turned to hemp to satisfy my need. I hate buying any kind of milk, because quite frankly they are expensive, and generally full of things that I do not want in my body. Hemp milk is deliciously nutty and finds itself at home in lattes and smoothies; in addition to being as easy, if not easier, to make than other non dairy milk varieties- no overnight soaking involved! Like all raw milks, hemp milk must be refrigerated, and consumed within a few days.
But, WAIT, we’re not done yet!
In addition to making lovely milk, hemp is one of the best protein products around. Store bought protein powder is not only RIDICULOUSLY expensive, but oftentimes full of fillers and junk; not hemp protein. Hemp is almost 25% protein and 10-15% fiber; and contains key minerals for recovery such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. There are some wonderful hemp protein powders on the market; but when you flip them over and read the label, they contain but one ingredient, hemp. So it got me thinking; why not blend my own hemp protein and supercharge it with flax? And another DIY project was born; and although the result wasn’t as powdery as its store bought counterpart, the result was still amazing.
Between hemp milk and hemp/flax protein powder, my smoothie efforts with never be the same again, thanks to these hemp seed food products!
1 cup hemp seeds
3 cups water
1 tbsp coconut sugar
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth; strain through a nut milk bag and store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
Hemp Flax Protein Powder
1 cup hemp seeds
½ cup flax seed
In a blender, pulverize both ingredients to a fine blend. Can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.