Superfood Spotlight: Hemp Seeds

Recently, I have become hooked on these tiny little Superfoods called Hemp Seeds. These seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids required to maintain healthy human life. There is no other single plant source that has these in such an easily digestible form or in as perfect ratio to meet the nutritional needs of a human. If that doesn’t scream Superfood, than what does?

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What makes them a Superfood?

– High in Magnesium, Iron & Zinc
– Contain 20 amino acids
(including the 9 essential amino acids our body needs to survive)
– High in Protein per serving (10g)
Specifically, Simple Protein which strengthens your immunity and fends off toxins
-Contains Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
(The Perfect Ratio 4 omega 6 to 1 omega 3)
– Low in Carbohydrates and High in Fiber
-Easily Digestible
-Provide long lasting energy : makes them a great addition to breakfast 🙂

How to use them?

– Add into smoothies
– Sprinkle on yogurt
– Mix into Oatmeal
– Sprinkle on top of salads
– Mix into baked goods: breads, muffins, and granola

Unlike many other seeds, such as flax, you CAN have hemp seeds daily and it is actually recommended since there is a perfect ratio of EFA (Essential Fatty Acids). They are one of the safest foods on the planet and are great substitutions for people that suffer from food allergies or digestion problems and are a great source of protein for vegetarians.

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What do they taste like?

Hemp seeds have a slight nutty flavor but are not over powering. They add great flavor to all of the above without overpowering. I enjoy them mixed into my Vanilla Siggi’s topped with lots of fruit or in my Green Smoothie recipe.

Where can you buy them?

Many companies and stores sell shelled hemp seeds in bulk or in bags. Once opened store these seeds in your refrigerator.

– Trader Joes
– Whole Foods Market
– Amazon, Vitacost, and other online health shops (Navitas Naturals)
– Selective big chain grocery stores in the health food aisles

I highly recommend adding this Superfood into your diet weekly if not daily!

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Mix-up your Breakfast Routine

So many of us get stuck in a routine before work or school and find ourselves having the same old thing for breakfast each morning. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals and there are so many new healthy and quick options these days. Here are some of my new favorites alternatives/new products I have found to replace my daily green smoothie if you have a few extra minutes in the morning or they can be perfect weekend brunch options:

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-Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal: I am a huge fan of this product. Purely Elizabeth created oatmeal that is made out of many different whole grains and SuperFoods. My favorite flavor is the 6 grain. The 6 grain includes: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, kaniwa, hemp, flax and chia. You bring it to a boil and then let simmer on the stove for about 10-15 minutes with almond or coconut milk. The best part is what you can put on the top; berries, nuts, granola, shredded coconut, figs, almond/coconut butter and cinnamon. It is so delicious and can be made in a variety of ways when you get creative with your toppings. This is a great way to start your day with a hearty serving of grains, protein and fiber. These products are great because there is no sugar added, they are certified organic, vegan, and gluten free so they can satisfy a wide audience. Purely Elizabeth also makes delicious granolas and gluten free baking mixes. Check out her website and products at your local Whole Foods Market or Target store. [www.purelyelizabeth.com]

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-Fall Recipe Remix: Add half the amount of almond/coconut milk and substitute the other half with ½ cup of 100% pure pumpkin puree, top with pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice.

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-Papaya Boats: This breakfast trend I can thank one of my favorite nutrition bloggers; Nutrition Stripped [www.nutritionstripped.com] for. This health blogger has come up with so many variations of making these amazing treats. This requires a little time to make but is well worth it! The concept is simple; split the papaya in half and scrape out the seeds in the middle. This creates your two “bowls”. Fill each with greek, icelandic skyr, or any other type of yogurt. Then comes the best part; cover with as many toppings of your choice. Some of my favorite toppings are berries, figs, coconut butter, almond butter, banana slices, avocado chunks, hemp or chia seeds, and crumbled nuts. Once you are finished filling your two bowls, grab a spoon and enjoy! Make sure to scrape some papaya into each bite!