When I was in high school, I debated about alternative and renewable energies. This was the 90s and one of the plans included utilizing hemp as an energy source. Many of the debates about hemp often dissolved into a debate about drug use and while it's 2010, many organizations continue to work to overcome the stigmas associated with hemp. Why the fuss? Hemp is valuable nutritional food source!
Last year, I wrote about Hemp Shakes which are still a staple in my daily eats. However on one recent trip to the store I saw these organic, shelled hemp seeds on sale and had to pick them up!
Enjoyed right out of the bag, hemp seeds are light and you get a lot in a single tablespoon. They have a subtle nutty flavor and add dimension to my yogurts, smoothies and oatmeal. Unlike some nuts and seeds, hemp seeds give you a lot of bang for your buck. Because they are so small, you get more per serving which means a small serving goes a long way.
In addition to flavor, these babies are FULL of nutrients! I only use one tablespoon as a serving which is only 58 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and almost 4 grams of protein. It is also high in Omega 3 and 6 (essential fatty acids) and according to Happy Planet, "Hemp contains the highest percentage of globulin protein found in any plant." I had no idea what that was until I read an article published by the Hemp Line Journal's 1992 publication which explained all of the nutritional benefits of the hemp seed. Apparently they help produce amino acids which help your immune system!
Whether you are enjoying a half-tablespoon on top of your yogurt or a full tablespoon in your oatmeal, hemp seeds are delicious, nutritious, and underutilized. If you enjoy hemp seeds or try them after reading this, let me know how you use them!