Guess what day it is?? Ingredient of the week day! This week, we’re talking about hemp seeds.

The first time I encountered hemp seeds was in a recipe from Oh She Glows (for these Irresistible Chewy Trail Mix Cookies). Having some leftover after the cookie making, I was pretty excited to find out a) how easily they enhanced my current meal situations, and b) that they had some significant health benefits.

This also helped me justify making these cookies (my justification threshold is like 1 healthy ingredient per recipe, last weekend I snuck some flax seeds into the cookies I made unbeknownst to my boyfriend).

Anyway, happy hemp seed day, and I hope you find some cookie justification in here!

Health Benefits

Fiber. Mmm, fiber. Fiber helps your body regulate blood sugar, maintain weight, and of course, helps with healthy bowels (source). As a pregnant person, I can now say first hand that there are few things more frustrating than constipation. Unlike with flax seeds, keeping the shell ON (i.e. buying them that way) is what gives you all the fiber, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping! (source) Yay digestion!

Protein. Hemp seeds are also one of the best sources of plant based protein! In 2-3 tablespoons, you can get about 11 grams of protein (source) which is a pretty good bang for your buck. They also have all the necessary amino acids to be considered a full protein. I was a vegetarian for a few years during my heavy running days, so finding alternative protein sources was important.

Omegas. Omegas aren’t produced naturally by our body, so we have to ingest what we need. Hemp seeds have both Omega 3s and 6s, which are good for the skin and bones. (source).

And here’s a bonus article from Oh She Glows, a blog/website that introduced me to many new, healthy ingredients, about why you should eat hemp seeds.

Why You Should Try Carob, Hemp, and Chia!

Recipes

Hemp Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders (my favorite food as a kid was chicken fingers, and this is a healthy alternative!) from Gimme Some Oven

Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites from Minimalist Baker

Superseeded Brussel Sprout and Kale Detox Salad from Blissful Basil

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Hemp Seed Breadsticks from Wholesome Yum

Chocolate Hemp Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie from Running with Spoons

Black Bean Hemp Burgers from Sweet Potato Soul

What are your favorite hemp seed recipes?

Have you ever snuck something healthy into a recipe? How did it turn out?

Ingredient of the Week: Hemp Seeds
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