In 2022, Let's Resolve to Eat More Hemp
In 2022, Let's Resolve to Eat More Hemp
New Year, New You? Whether you've resolved to eat plant-based, vegetarian, flexitarian, Mediterranean, keto, paleo, or just a little healthier - hemp might just be the answer - or at least part of the solution. See our Top 6 Hemp Recipes to get you started on a hempier, healthier 2022.
Here at Blue Sky, we have drunk the hemp-based Koolaid and are enthusiastic advocates for this most super of superfoods. To get you onboard, we'll share a little hemp propaganda along with our favourite hemp recipes.
But first - let's set the record straight. Hemp seeds will not get you high.
Although hemp seeds do come from the Cannabis sativa plant, hemp seeds do not produce any mind-altering effects that come from THC. Hemp can contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight, while marijuana can contain up to 30% THC content. So no, hemp seed recipes will not get you high. But they will get you healthy.
So, what's so super about Hemp Foods?
Hemp seeds are extremely rich in protein, full of nutrients, low in calories and carbohydrates and packed with healthful fatty acids, including omega-3s and omega-6s, and they are highly digestible. In fact, unlike soy, hemp seeds contain no sugars or trypsin inhibitors to interfere with the digestion of proteins, making them 90% digestible. Finally, hemp seeds also have antioxidant effects and have been shown to reduce symptoms of numerous ailments, improving the health of the heart, skin, and joints. Find out more here.
Is Hemp the most super, superfood of them all?
Based on a 3 tablespoon (50g) serving, here’s how hulled hemp seeds stack up. You be the judge.
And if your health isn't enough to make you a hemp convert, the industrial farming of hemp is also a pretty good way to help save the planet.
Hemp makes everything a little better.
Hemp foods are extremely versatile and every day we're seeing new exciting uses for it in the food industry - in everything from baking, to butter, to beer. But most commonly hemp is being used as a low carb, high protein grain alternative, as a salad topper, as a baking ingredient, a salad oil, and as a plant-based protein supplement.
How and where to buy hemp.
Today, hemp products can be bought in most grocery and health food stores with more ready-to-eat food innovations hitting the shelves every day. Brands like Manitoba Harvest, Just Hemp Foods, Navitas Naturals, TruVibe, Nutiva Organic, Bob's Red Mill are all hemp food pioneers providing quality organic consumer ingredients like hemp hearts, hemp protein powder, and hemp seed oil to a grocer near you. And if you happen to be looking for wholesale hemp, get in touch.
Here's how to add hemp to your daily diet.
We've scoured the internet and shortlisted our top 6 recipes. Let us know what you think.
1. Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto - Veggies Don't Bite
What a great idea. Hemp seeds have the perfect texture and nutty flavour to sub in place of your usual pine nuts typically used in pesto. Ideal for people with nut allergies. Plus, hemp seeds are also a lot more affordable than pine nuts.
2. Hemp & Lemon Hummus - Kind Earth
The perfect way to pack in some extra protein, vitamins and healthy fats while keeping the carb intake down.
3. Black Bean Hemp Burger - Sweet Potato Soul
There are lots of plant-based recipes out there, but finding one that will satisfy meat-eaters and plant eaters alike can be a challenge. This protein, fibre and superfood-packed patties should do the trick.
4. Hemp and Apple Protein Balls Recipe
For a sweet treat that is packed with nutrition, try these hemp and apple protein balls -easy to make- no baking required! They have the taste of a sweet cookie but are full of healthy ingredients. Who would know they were good for you?
5. Hemp Tabbouleh - Eating Bird Food
Add protein and cut the carbs, and skip the gluten by replacing couscous with hemp seeds. Genious! Even if you're not carb dodging, protein building or gluten-free, the texture of hemp seeds and nutty flavour provide a simple twist on this Mediterranean classic. Try it.
6. Gluten Free Hemp Pizza Crust
We're really excited about this one. Many of our wholesale customers come to us looking for innovative ways to use hemp as a gluten substitute. While we have no problem with gluten, some tummies do. Adding hemp to a simple gluten-free pizza mix is a great way to add texture and taste while making everyone's favourite 'junk food' staple - completely junk-free. In fact, you could even call it healthy with extra protein, healthy fats, fatty acids and a cocktail of vitamins and minerals.
Or - try incorporating hemp seeds into the diet by:
- Sprinkle whole or ground seeds on cereal or yoghurt
- Add hulled hemp seeds to smoothies
- Bake with hemp seeds
- Make hemp milk at home using whole seeds
- Sprinkling hemp seeds on your salad
Enjoy and please share your recipe reviews and your own hemp food ideas here!
Blue Sky’s Focus on Food
At Blue Sky Hemp Ventures, food is our bread and butter (both of which can be made with hemp). We take extra safety steps on our food processing line to maintain an exemplary level of nutrition and flavour from our products while extending the shelf life.
Blue Sky is certified organic, kosher, non-GMO, nut-free and dairy-free and adheres to the most rigorous food standards in the business.
We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled customer service, meticulous dedication to quality and a focus on innovation. All of this to produce a better product at a lower cost to our customers and to our planet.