Here's why I've been adding hemp seeds to my recipes!
I absolutely love hemp seeds because they are a powerhouse of nutrients. I've recently partnered with Ananda Food, an aussie hemp company that only uses 100% Australian Hemp grown right here in Australia, Tasmania to be exact. They've got an incredible range of seed, oil, flour and protein, all packed with incredible nutrients that are so good for your health.
Not only are they one of the best sources of plant based protein, containing all 9 amino acids, they also contain loads of important vitamins and minerals, and they are a great source of fibre.
But what I love most about hemp seeds is they have one of the best Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratios, which is super important for helping us better manage and reduce inflammation. Some studies are discovering that this beneficial Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio may help to relieve symptoms of Arthritis - something that Arthritis Australia estimates that 1 in every 6 people are currently living with!
So you might be thinking, how do I start adding this incredible superfood into my life? Well, its super-easy! They have a subtle creamy-nutty flavour which you can add to both sweet and savoury recipes. They are also considered low-allergenic meaning they are the perfect addition for lunch boxes or sharing with the whole family.
Check out my tips below, plus I've shared some of my favourite recipes using them.
HEMP SEED NUTRITION
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are pre-cursors to our inflammatory hormones. Omega-3 is the precursor to our ANTI-inflammatory hormones, whereas Omega-6 is the precursor to our PRO-inflammatory hormones.
Hemp Seeds contain high levels of Omega-3, and what is considered close to the ideal ration between Omega-3 and Omega-6, which is understood to help us better manage inflammation.
Studies are showing that Hemp Seeds may help to relieve symptoms of more sever inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Hemp seeds contain high levels of the amino acid arginine, which our bodies uses to make nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide has been shown as important in helping our arteries and veins to dilate effectively, keeping them smooth and elastic.
The beneficial fatty acids in Hemp Seeds are thought to helpful in improving skin hydration, skin cell-membrane integrity and skin elasticity. Sign me up!
HOW TO USE
Whether you blend them or add them on top, Hemp Seeds are a great addition to your favourite smoothie.
Because of their lovely subtle nutty flavour, Hemp Seeds are a great addition to salads.
My favourite way to use Hemp Seeds is adding them into my healthy treat recipes. Whether its adding them into a home-made chocolate slab, a biscuits base, bliss ball mix or a fresh batch of granola, they go with just about everything.
MY HEMP RECIPES