This morning I rediscovered one of my favourite foods: Hemp seeds.
Green apple breakfast with hemp milk I blended about 1,5 peeled and cored apples, a stalk of celery, some fresh mint and 1 tbsp of flax in the blender (just enough water to allow the blades to turn). I like to keep some chunks in there. To go with this I prepared some hemp milk, it turns out best, smoothest if you have a small blender. For one serving add about 1 dl of water and 2 tbsp of hulled hemp seeds. Blend until smooth. I prefer stevia (and a pinch of sea salt) to sweeten mine but you could throw in a date instead. Blend again and add a little more water.
Hemp is a true superfood! It contains all 20 amino acids including the essential amino acids our bodies need to build protein. The protein in hemp is considered to be an easily digestible one and a good alternative to soy.
Hemp is also a good source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and have a good ratio between the two, 3:1. (A ratio of around 2:1 would be ideal but with our modern western diet the ratio has changed to anything from 10-50:1).
This imbalance, with too much omega-6 fatty acids and insufficient omega-3 promotes many diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune disease and more. It is due to our consumption of vegetable oils with large amounts of omega 6 fatty acids: canola-, safflower-, soyoil and products made from these: hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats: margarine. Unfortunately pretty much any prepared foods you buy in the store will contain these cheap vegetable oils that will worsen the ratio of 6:3. Better alternatives are: good quality coldpressed olive oil, avocados, organic butter and coconut oil.
There are a few different hemp products out there, most likely you will find them in the health food store. Hempbutter, I have not yet tried this one but it sounds dangerously good. Unhulled hempseeds: these you can plant and grow to sprouts to put in your salad or use to make hemp milk (but then you will have to strain it to remove the husks). Hulled hemp seeds are ready to eat, just sprinkle them over anything; your green- or fruitsalad, cereal, make hemp milk- or even better:
Chocolate hempsmoothie For one serving:Blend 1-2 fresh or frozen bananas with a little water, 2 tbsp hulled hemp, about 2 tbsp cacao nibs and some cinnamon. Great after working out.