Thursday, September 1, 2011
Hemp seeds are amazing. Really, I am in love. They contain all 9 essential amino acids & are easily digestible, making them one of the highest plant-based complete protein sources out there. One serving (or 3 tablespoons) of hemp powder contains 16 grams of the muscle building, growth encouraging, immunity strengthening good stuff. Pretty awesome, right? Besides the protein, hemp seeds contain omega fatty acids, dietary fiber, and are a great source of iron.
Hemp is available in seed or powder form, in both raw and organic varieties too. You can incorporate hemp into salads, granolas, yogurts, smoothies, and soups. My favorite way to enjoy this superfood is by partially substituting flour with hemp powder when baking. Right now, I am obsessed with a protein-packed, gluten-free, vegan flat bread. I can't wait to try making a superfood "cookie" with it. If you are looking to incorporate more protein into your diet, skip the complex smoothie mixes and go straight for the more dependable (and more versatile) source.
I am ever so loyal to this brand and have found the best prices on Amazon.com.
Photo: Navitas Naturals