Hey there you groovy cat. Come on in to my humble abode and have a seat on the tie-dye bean bag right next to the lava lamp. Take off your shoes and breathe in that sandalwood incense. I want you to be comfy because today we are talking about that super fly seed known as hemp. Can you dig it?
OK, in all seriousness I did want to share my love for hemp. I’m not talking marijuana. I’m talking hemp seeds. The kind you eat and drink. I love hemp seed. It’s nutritional value is off the charts and at only 57 calories per tablespoon it is totally guilt free. I started drinking Hemp Milk when I was pregnant with Catarina. I’ve always done my best to try and eat healthy, but when I became pregnant I knew how important it was to up the ante on the nutrition I was ingesting and therefore sending to my baby.
So I began by drinking Tempt Hemp Milk because not only did it have all the benefits of hemp seeds, but it also was fortified with calcium, vitamin D and B12. Very slowly I began purchasing hemp seeds (although not very often, in fact I stopped altogether after Cat was born and didn’t start again until recently) and adding them to my smoothies, yogurt and salads.
What is hemp? From Hemp.com:
Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is grown for the fiber and seeds. The fiber and seeds are incredibly valuable and is why hemp is often called a “cash crop.” Hemp is a very hearty plant and grows very quickly in very diverse soil conditions. Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been done by many civilizations for over 12,000 years.
So what makes Hemp so freaking amazing? Well, for one, it contains all nine essential amino acids and is high in fiber. And who couldn’t use some more fiber these days?
Other nutritional value:
- Is 33 percent protein. Meaning you get 10 grams of protein in just 3 tablespoons.
- Has 33 percent essential fatty acids; Omega 3, 6, 9 and GLA.
- High in magnesium.
FUN FACT: Eating hemp seeds will not cause you to fail a drug test. You would have to eat an inordinate amount of seeds in order for it to appear in a urine sample.
I think I’m going to let Hippie Veronica close us out…
So that’s the skinny on that far out seed known as Hemp. Don’t be shy baby, put that amino-acid giving sweet thang in your shopping cart and enjoy the stellar benefits it has to offer.
Catch you on the flip-side!
– Veronica Sandate-Craker