Hemp seeds are right up there with kale and avocados on my “Super Foods” list! Don’t worry you won’t fail a drug test or find the urge to wear patchouli from eating these little seeds! They are a product of a plant that is similar to the marijuana plant however; it lacks the cannabinoid compounds (ah, shucks!). It is the same plant that produces hemp for the production of rope and cloth. Eating the seeds actually does the opposite of marijuana, they boost your memory!
Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and are a great addition to your morning smoothie because they contain high levels of protein (3 tablespoons contain 11 grams of protein!). Save your cash on those expensive protein powders and use hempseeds instead! Not only will you be getting a great source of plant based protein, you will get a healthy dose of polyunsaturated fatty acids (ALA and GLA) as well. These fatty acids may alleviate skin issues such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Hemp seeds also contain high levels of vitamin E, which will decrease inflammation in the body lowering your risk of cancer and heart disease as well as ease pain from arthritis.
Strawberry Fields Forever Smoothie
2 cups milk of your choice, preferably non-dairy (or water)
3 dates, pitted
1 ripe banana
1-2 tablespoons cashew butter
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
1-2 cups baby spinach
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
Now, try to get that song out of your head!