Hemp: The New Super Seed

Hemp seeds may sounds like the hippie thing, though these days, they have been more of the trendy thing. And for good reason: These tiny nutritional powerhouses have been the true superfood, packing all nine essential amino acids, plus protein, fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, as well as minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium as well as potassium. Hemp is the single of those dishes which can assistance meat eaters realize the power of plant foods, says Martica Heaner, Ph.D., accessory join forces with professor of nourishment at Hunter College in New York City. A three-tablespoon serving has the same amount of complete protein as two eggs.

And we dont need to worry about getting high from eating hemp. While hemp does come from the plant thats the close cousin to the the single which produces marijuana leaves, hemp has immaterial amounts of THC (the manly component of pot). You can buy just the seeds (or hearts, which have been shelled hemp seeds) or find them in an increasing number of finished food products. If hemp is the initial or second object on the mixture label, youll know its the categorical ingredient in which food, says Heaner. But keep in mind which the real thing unprocessed, whole seeds is always better than the processed product.

Heres the roundup of ways to work the small hemp into your every day diet.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Sprinkle these raw shelled hemp seeds on anything salads, smoothies, soups, oatmeal to add the hint of eccentric season as well as the bunch of extra nutrition.

Daily Greens Hemp Infused Milk
Hemp divert is the delicious nondairy alternative which boasts more Omega-3s than soy, rice or almond milk.

Evo Hemp Bars
Trade in your traditional energy club for the single thats cold-pressed from raw fruits, nuts as well as seeds (including hemp, of course).

Zemas Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Even dessert can come with the dose of nutrients when we nip on these gluten-free mini cookies which have been baked with the variety of super seeds, including chia, flax as well as hemp.

Big Slice Kettle Cooked Apples
These ready-to-eat pouches of cooked apple slices have been churned with banana, mango as well as hemp seeds for extra season as well as nutritional punch.

Tempt Hemp Tofu
If youre looking for the soy-free tofu alternative, this is the ticket.

Sally Wadyka is the Boulder, Colorado-based journalist who writes about nutrition, health as well as wellness.