A while back a friend suggested I try making milk with hemp seeds. Sounds weird right? I love milk and creamy foods and can’t drink straight cow milk due to a casein allergy, so we were talking about nut milk options. She was telling me how high in protein, iron and omega 3’s hemp is so I was curious..
So I took her advice and OMG. Best seed ever award! Light and nutty flavor! Superfood nutrition! I have been adding them to my morning shakes and they are creamy, delicious and filling. I also like using the hemp hearts instead of a protein powder because its a whole food. I will say I tried making fresh hemp milk for my morning tea which did not turn out as well. The flavor wasn’t quite right with the tea, but I am telling you it is awesome in a shake. I did some research so I could convince you about how excellent they are and this is what I found:
Shelled hemp seeds (the “heart “of the seed) are:
– one of the best balanced sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids
– extremely easy to digest and contain vitamins, chlorophyll, fiber, calcium and are rich in
– packed full of protein with 10 grams of plant-based protein per 30 gram serving size.
– they contain no phytic acid, the mineral-binding antinutrient common to most nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes. This is extremely rare for a seed. It means hemp seeds require no soaking to get rid of phytate. (source: go here for more info)
So get some! They have upleveled my smoothie experience … I highly recommend! Buy on amazon for the best deals as hemp seeds can be way pricey at the health food store.
Try this recipe— one of my all time favorites:
The BEST + Super Simple (vegan!) Chocolate Banana Milkshake
*all amounts approx
1 ripe banana (the brown spots = sweeter + more nutrition)
1-2 heaping teaspoons raw cacao powder (use can use reg unsweetened cocoa but raw is the BEST, for a million nutritional reasons)
3 Tablespoons raw hemp hearts
1 cup ( approx) high quality water ( filtered , well or spring water)
add some ice cubes if you want
blend up real good.
if your bananas were not that ripe then you may want to add 1-4 drops liquid stevia for added sweetness
Bask in the glow of the truly healthy and delicious beverage you just created..