Beginning a holistic life comes with challenges, like having to replace unhealthy foods with more nutritious options. Although there are somewhat unconventional supplements and choices of sustenance for adventurous eaters, there are others that can be infused in almost any meal or recipe, like hemp seeds. Shelled hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, can be sprinkled on toast or salads, swirled in pestos and hummus, or blended into smoothies and soups. You can also create hemp milk and hemp seed nut butter to replace traditional options very easily. Hemp seeds are also a complete source of easy-to-digest protein (packed with 10 grams!) and every essential amino acid without much sugar, making it a true superfood that’s as versatile as you need it to be.
You’ll be a believer in this superfood after trying these 5 recipes with shelled hemp seeds:
Chocolate Hemp Seed Pudding
This easy four-ingredient recipe is a perfect way to fall in love with hemp seeds and is a healthy alternative to a popular junk food. Simply combine ¾ cup hemp seeds, 3 ripe bananas, 2 tablespoons pure organic cocoa powder, and ¾ cup coconut milk in a food processor and blend until smooth. Best when chilled before serving!
Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce (by Ashley from Blissful Basil)
Transitioning to a holistic lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up comfort foods! Cashews, almond milk, and hemp seeds create a thick, smooth, dairy-free sauce for pasta or veggies. Enjoy this vegan version of an Italian classic that you won’t feel guilty about. Access the full recipe here.
Hemp-Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders (by Ali from Gimme Some Oven)
Triple the protein and gluten-free, these chicken tenders are crispy, savory, and another way to swap your favorite comfort foods with an upgrade without losing the flavors you love. Almond flour, shelled hemp seeds, and chicken pack 3 times the protein punch, and you can change around the spices to please your palate. Link to full recipe here.
Banana Mango Green Smoothie Bowls with Hemp Seeds + Sprouts (by Sherrie from With Food + Love)
Another vegan recipe, this smoothie-meal is packed with delicious fresh ingredients and can be customized to fit your tastes. Bananas, baby spinach or kale, almond milk, and hemp seeds serve as a tasty base for toppings like shredded coconut, goji berries, or more hemp seeds! Link to green smoothie goodness here.
Carrot Hemp Seed Pâté on Cucumber Rounds (by Natalie from Feasting on Fruit)
For a more simple meal with a crunch, dine on these mini vegan cucumber sandwiches with a blended “pâté” of carrots, spices, and shelled hemp seeds. A perfect substitute for when you get a little tired of tossing hemp seeds on salads without sacrificing all the nutrition of veggies. Link to the full recipe here.
Hemp seeds are readily available in the organic aisle of many grocery stores or at specialty food stores, but make sure you’re buying the shelled version for the most nutritional value. Choosing to introduce hemp seeds to your diet is a great step in nutrition and holistic living. There are three different nutritional programs tailored to fit your specific health needs offered by the SaJune Institute for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine:
The Superfood Nutrition Program consists of introducing raw, natural superfoods to your diet at a rate your body is capable of handling, like hemp seeds. Anyone with chronic degenerative disease such as hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer will benefit from the regenerative capacities of superfoods.
The Plant-Based Nutrition Program focuses on reducing meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and processed and refined foods and replacing them with vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts, seeds, sprouts, and sea vegetables. This program is ideal for anyone interested in improving their quality of life, detoxifying the body, alkalizing the body, and especially those with inflammatory conditions.
The Metabolic Balance/ Insulin Replacement Program is designed to restore an optimal balance of hormones and nutrients while reducing toxins and alkalizing the body. Patients with unexplained weight gain, diabetes or prediabetes, and high cholesterol are encouraged to try this program.