Super Food: Hemp, Not Just for Hippies
Hemp is one food you should not live without. Come back… I didn’t say it was time for your joint… It contains only trace elements of THC, but is packed with an incredible amount of fatty acids, minerals and protein. Hemp has the ideal ratio of omega 3 and 6. A U.S. study found a balanced omega ratio reduces the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), sudden cardiac death, and has anti-inflammatory benefits that can decrease symptoms arthritis. Hemp has a full amino acid spectrum—meaning it provides a well-balanced, complete protein source, and amino acids are important for growth and maintenance of body tissue. In fact, in times of famine, some civilizations have survived solely on hemp and water. Hemp is also an easily digested protein. Seeeee it’s not just for hippies.
Use these magical seeds the same way you would any other. Blend with fruit and juices in smoothies; or use them as salad toppers. Hemp seeds can also be found in oil form. You can mix it into a salad dressing, but don’t try cooking with it; Hemp oil isn’t heat stable. OR try Chocolate Hemp Milk, on it’s own or in your granola for a well deserved treat.
Try this yummy dip with your favorite crackers or fresh veggies! I love it on roasted portobello mushrooms.
Cauliflower Hemp Dip
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 of a zucchini
2 cups of raw cauliflower
handful of fresh basil
1 tsp Himalayan rock salt
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup water
1-2 tsp miso
1/8 tsp cayenne
Blend or process all ingredients until smooth.