by Corinne Ellams R.H.N. Holistic Nutritionist and yogini
We add in more good things so we can drop off the foods that do not serve us. This month let’s add in one of my favorite foods - hemp.
The hempseed is a complete protein containing 36%- 45% protein, which means that per serving, hemp has more protein than meat. It’s amino acid content helps with muscle and bone growth, proper enzyme formation, detoxification and improving the immune system.
It also contains a proper balance of the essential fatty acids (EFA’s) that our body cannot produce. EFA’s are necessary for mental and visual functions as well as heart health. Hempseed’s EFA and protein profile provides a healthy alternative to fish which is becoming increasingly risky to eat due to radiation fallout and mercury and PCB contamination.
Hemp contains at least 20 major and trace minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and potassium. These minerals are necessary for all body functions. “Hemp also contains vitamin E which is essential for cardiovascular and brain health.
You can add raw organic hemp to your diet in many ways. Hemp seeds have a mild nutty flavor and pleasantly soft texture so can be eaten as a snack, sprinkled on salads, added into sauces or blended into a smoothie or salad dressing. They can be added to chocolates, cookies and crackers. Hemp powder is high in protein so add it to your morning smoothie. Hemp butter can be added to your toast, crackers, smoothie, sauces and salad dressing. I like to eat it out of the jar with a spoon! You can raw find raw organic hemp butter at Planet Organic. Hemp oil can be used as a supplement or in place of any oil in your recipes. I like to substitute 1/2 olive oil & 1/2 hemp oil. Hemp oil can also be used as a sun block or moisturizer. Find hemp oil in the retailer’s fridge. I get mine from Community Nature Foods. It is best to buy any liquid oil in a dark, glass bottle to prevent the oil from turning rancid. I love making my own hemp milk Hemp Goji Vanilla Milk and use it in place of dairy.
For optimum nutritional value, ensure the hemp or hemp product is raw and organic with no toxic additives.
Start adding this superfood into your diet today!