When it comes to nutrient-dense super foods, hemp is at the top of my list. Powdered hemp and hemp seeds are both staples in my kitchen; I toss the seeds in salads and breakfast bowls, and use the powder in everything from smoothies to veggie burgers – even chocolate truffles.
So what makes hemp so great? To start, it’s an amazing vegetarian protein source that has all nine essential amino acids – making it easily accessible to our bodies. When I review a client’s food journals, one of the first things I look is to make sure there is a good source of protein with breakfast, and that it is included in all other meals and snacks. A lack of protein is a common culprit for most health complaints: lack of energy, insatiable hunger, blood sugar crashes, or trouble losing weight. Protein is essential for our metabolism, immunity, digestion, energy levels, and healthy skin/hair.
Unlike other chemically derived protein powders you may see on the shelves and nutrition stores, hemp protein is 100% ground hemp seeds. Choose a high-quality, organic variety and you can trust it is free of added hormones, genetically modified ingredients, pesticides, and/or other yucky stuff. Because hemp protein is just seeds, it has a natural, nutty flavor; and doesn’t have that funky artificial, powdery aftertaste that swore me off protein drinks for years.
Hemp seeds are also an impressive source of iron, with 40% of our recommended daily needs in a 2-tablespoon serving. For many women, and those on a plant-based diet, adding in iron-rich foods is essential.
I could go on an on about the virtues of hemp – but why not just try it for yourself?? Over the next 3 days, my friends at Ruth’s Hemp Foods will be generously providing full-size containers of their certified organic, raw, and gluten-free hemp protein powders to one of my facebook friends. You can pick from their plain hemp protein powder, or their hemp blends with maca/sprouted flax, or maca/E3 Live. They are valued at up to $29.95!
Head over to my facebook page (be sure to ‘like’ it), and share your favorite smoothie – either a recipe you make at home, or your favorite combination you grab to go. While you’re there, you just might come across an idea or two that inspires you to dust off your blender and whip up a few sweet – and healthy – summer drinks.