For the hard training athlete or the busy person on the go, it can be tricky to find food sources that fill you up and keep you moving. Lately, I have been loving hemp seeds for this very reason!
5 Reasons to Eat Hemp Seeds
1. They are a complete protein with a balance of proteins, essential fats and vitamins which means they pack a huge nutritional punch.
2. They are an excellent source of essential fatty acids which helps to reduce inflammation which is huge for the busy professional or athlete who is undergoing high volumes of training.
3. They help control blood sugar which means you will not experience slumps in energy, but will feel well fueled and strong throughout the day.
4. They are perfect for those who are suffering from food allergies as they are nut, gluten, lactose and sugar free.
5. The high protein content (10 g) is great for repairing muscles after a hard workout and for improving the immune system, which is exactly what you should be looking to do during the virus and flu ridden winter months.
How to Eat Hemp Seeds
A bag of hemp seeds can seem like a daunting ingredient to fold into your everyday diet if you have never used them before. Thankfully, they are quite easy to incorporate into your diet!
• They can be enjoyed raw by the handful
• Sprinkle on your salad, cereal, yogurt or ice cream for added nutritional benefit
• You can stir a cup into a jar of your favourite peanut or almond butter for a delicious spread
• Bake into oatmeal, bread, and casseroles without losing the nutritional value of the seed
• You can make some of the North Coast Natural recipes for hemp seeds
• Add to pasta sauce or salad dressings for increased nutrition in your condiments
• Use as a part of a nut and seed crust for baked tofu
• Add them into a smoothie for a healthy dose of essential fatty acids
For anyone who is looking to add some extra protein and nutrition to their diet, Hemp Seeds should be an absolute staple. It can be difficult to eat out when you have a unique diet and I love to carry North Coast Naturals Hemp Seeds in a small container in my purse for a standalone snack or to add to dishes while I am eating out.
A health tip for eating well on the go is to order a green salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a side of avocado and sprinkle hemp seeds on for all of your nutrition without the stress.
Jessica is an avid runner, racer and latte lover with a passion for the ultra distances. When she is not travelling and exploring, she also is passionate about advocating for healthy body image in women and uses her sister’s decade-long struggle with anorexia as way to raise awareness for healthy nutrition in athletes. You can learn more on her blog: lacesandlattes.com
For more hemp seed recipes, try our Fall Quinoa Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Pumpkin Pie Energy Poppers, Black Bean Sweet Potato and Hemp Seed Salad, Hemp Seed Energy Balls or Fruity Quinoa and Hemp Seed Pilaf.