I’ve heard the benefits of hemp seeds for some time now but had never tried them. But since I’m always interested in adding more nutrition but not adding any additional work to my food prep time and I’m continually in search of additional protein sources, I thought I’d give them a go. So, hello hemp seeds.
After reading a bit about them and some of the research done I was impressed. Hemp seeds are high in fiber, have a good amount of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and are a great source of protein. They are actually at a substantially higher protein concentration than beef, fish and tofu. So, what does this mean for you? Well, if you choose to incorporate hemp seeds/hemp protein into your diet you should be feeling more energy, fuller longer, improved digestion as well as boosts to your brain functions (memory, clearer thinking). All good stuff.
Today I whipped up the following for lunch; it took no time at all and was delicious, filling and satisfying.
grilled tomato with hemp
6 thick slices of tomato
½ c parmesan cheese (shredded would be better than grated)
½ c hemp seeds (I used Nutiva)
drizzle of olive oil
slice tomato into thick slices + lay on a baking sheet
drizzle with olive oil
mix the cheese and hemp seeds together and pile a decent
portion onto each slice.
sprinkle with basil
bake for 10-15 min at 350 degrees, until golden brown
I’ve also been adding hemp seeds (unbeknownst to them) to the children’s morning smoothies and over my oatmeal. Let me know if you have any uses for hemp seeds that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you.