The Power of Hemp Seeds
Ahh, my favorite plant-based protein! I use these little guys on everything and can never get enough. Hemp seeds are among the most concentrated protein sources of all plant-based foods – 50% protein + very easily digestible. They pack a powerful punch w/ all the essential amino acids, dietary fiber, chlorophyll, magnesium, iron, zinc, omegas + potassium.
We use raw, hulled seeds rather than hemp protein powder in our smoothie blends as the seeds blend much better (the protein powder tends to make it pretty gritty). Raw hemp seeds contain chlorophyll (greens) so sprinkle them on salads, on almond butter sprouted grain toast, or eat straight them straight from the bag for an extra boost of green nutrition!
You can find them at Whole Foods, at most natural food stores or online but make sure to buy raw, organic for the best quality.
Recipe by mindbodygreen.com
Creamy Raw Hemp Seed Dip
1/2 cup of hemp seeds
2 cups of zucchini, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic (to taste)
1 handful of coriander/cilantro
1 handful of dill
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)
Juice of half a large lemon
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you may need to add just enough water to get the mixture blending. Add very little water to avoid the dip being too runny. Serve with vegetables for dipping, gluten-free crackers, or dollop over a big salad, steamed vegetables or a bowl of your favorite whole grains or whole grain pasta. It will taste delicious every way!