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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via onegreenplanet.org

 

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!

This article also appears on Women’s iLab to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

Back on Track Green Smoothie

Did you have too much chocolate and wine over the weekend or is this cold winter weather leading you to overindulge?

Here is my favorite Green Smoothie recipe that makes me feel detoxed, replenished, and kick starts me to get back on track during the week..

What I love most about this smoothie is that it does not deprive you of any nutrients or calories. It is a complete meal that just makes you feel great.

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greensmoothie

Ingredients (2 servings):
4 handfuls of kale/spinach
2 cups of almond or coconut milk
2 bananas
1 mango
1 
avocado (optional)*
1 tsp of ginger
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp maca powder (optional)*
Protein (choose 1-2):

1-2 scoops of all natural plant protein powder (recommend vanilla/vanilla chai flavor)
2-3 tbs of hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds (or a combination of two)
2 tbs of almond butter
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa

*two optional ingredients that have GREAT health benefits:
Avocado: is a great addition to your morning smoothie because of its nutrients and healthy fat content. Dr Lipman suggests having 1/2 avocado daily with breakfast for sustained energy and fullness. It adds an amazing creamy texture to your smoothie as well!
Maca powder: is a newly discovered Superfood that is known to boost energy, libido, improve skin & hair and even balance hormones. It adds a great strong flavor that compliments the ginger and cinnamon as well.

Directions:

Fill up your blender with all of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
Portion into two glasses and enjoy! Can easily store the second serving for the next morning 🙂

This article also appears on Women’s iLab to inspire the next generation of female leaders.