Hemp Health: How To Include The Superfood in Your Cooking?
Contrary to popular belief, hemp is used for a lot of different purposes.
- Hemp is widely used for creating fibers to weave cloth.
- It is mixed with lime to create concrete-like blocks that are used as an insulating material in construction.
- Hempoline or biofuel made from hemp is used for industrial purposes.
But, did you know that you can eat hemp?
Yes, humans have been cultivating hemp as an agricultural crop for more than 8,000 years.
In fact, early records of the Hindu sacred text Atharva Veda even call hemp the “Sacred Grass” or one of the five sacred plants of India. Hemp is also legally cultivated in countries like France, Australia, Canada, India, and the United States.
Here are the healthy benefits of including hemp in your diet:
- Hemp seed reduces the risk of cardio-vascular illness due to the high content of amino acids in them.
- Hemp oil and seeds are great for your skin as they provide polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids.
- Hemp seed has multi-nutritional values including linoleic acids, vitamin E, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, potassium, and calcium to name a few.
- Hemp seed helps alleviate problems like PMS and menopause in women as a result of the presence of GLA-gamma linolenic acid in them.
- Hemp seeds are a great source of protein.
- Hemp seeds help in better digestion due to the high fiber content in them.
Looking for interesting recipes to include hemp in your diet?
Hemp seeds can be used in a wide variety of ways. They can be eaten raw, sprouted, ground to a hemp meal, or crushed to create a hemp powder. Hemp liquid is extracted to make hemp milk and it can also be used to make hemp oil. The easiest way to include hemp in your diet is by sprinkling hemp seeds on your salad, cereal bowl, or fruit bowl.
Here’s a list of easy to make, exotic, and healthy recipes to include the healthy benefits of hemp in your diet:
Recipes using hemp seeds
- Smoothies: Delicious and nutritious smoothies can be made using a combination of bananas, yogurt, shelled hemp seeds, and crushed fruit of your choice. Add any fruits like mango, blueberries, strawberries, avocado, to give your day the perfectly smooth and power-packed start.
Hemp seed burgers:
- Create a vegetable patty using your favorite veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beetroot.
- Add green leaves like coriander and parsley.
- Add hemp seed, sesame seed, and sunflower seeds to the mix. Spice them up with flavors of your choice—peri-peri for the spicy eaters, mint-mayo for the not so spicy eaters, and ketchup for those who can’t do without it.
- Don’t forget to add a dash of salt and pepper.
- Roll them in a mix of hemp seed, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds before grilling them on the barbecue.
- Voila, your veggie burger is all ready to rock your next summer barbecue party!
Recipes using Hemp Milk:
Hemp Milk: Here’s how you can create perfect hemp milk for all our lactose-intolerant friends:
- Plain Hemp Milk: Create hemp milk by blending an equal proportion of hemp seeds with water. If you like your hemp milk creamier, you may reduce the quantity of water. Add sugar or pitted dates as sweeteners.
- Flavored hemp milk:
- Vanilla hemp milk: Add fresh vanilla pods or vanilla essence to your plain hemp milk
- Chocolate hemp milk: Add chocolate sauce or chocolate powder or Nutella to the plain hemp milk.
- Fruity hemp milk: Add any crushed fruit that you like to the plain hemp milk for a fruity flavored hemp milkshake. Add ice cubes for a super summer refresher.
Recipes using Hemp oil:
Hemp oil is one of the healthiest oil’s that you may use without worrying about its effect on your heart! Most hemp oil is extracted by cold-pressing hemp seeds and they are a great source of essential unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that our body needs.
Hemp oil is very versatile and can be used to make salad dressings, hummus, dips, cold soups, sauces, sandwich spreads, and even pesto.
- Hemp oil Hummus: Create a delicious and healthy chickpea hummus using hemp oil. Blend boiled chickpeas or garbanzo beans, hemp oil, chopped garlic, lemon juice, and tahini paste together in a mixer. Add water if needed. Garnish your hummus with a mix of hemp oil and hemp seeds.
- Hemp Pesto: Blend hemp seeds, hemp oil, basil leaves, a dash of olive oil, crushed garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice for a super tasty hempseed pesto.
Be creative! Experiment the way you like, hemp is sure to create add a magically delicious concoction to your daily diet!
Author Bio: Vishal Vivek, Co-founded the NGO Hemp Foundation to increase awareness about hemp which is the most misunderstood plant on the planet. He believes that we can fight climate change, water crisis and plastic pollution with Hemp. Times Group recognized him as a legendary entrepreneur and published his biography in I Did IT- Vol 2 at the age of just 30!
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