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The seeds extracted from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa are known as hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are a storehouse of vital nutrients and are loaded with minerals, healthy fats, and proteins. Their nutritional properties make hemp seeds an extremely effective remedy for various health problems. To name a few, heart diseases, skin disorders, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, and digestive disorders are some problems that can be treated or prevented by the consumption of hemp seeds.
There are some easy methods of consumption of hemp seeds.
Hemp Seed Recipes
Here are some interesting hemp seed recipes that can help you add this wonder food into your diet.
Ginger and hemp seed smoothie
Both ginger and hemp seed contain healing properties. Combining these two with more ingredients such as maca root powder and blueberries loads it up further and makes it an antioxidant-rich drink also.
- 1 banana, should be ripe
- ½ of blueberries that are frozen
- 1 full teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- ¾ cup of water. Alternatively, you can also use any plant-based milk
Blend all the ingredients together till they form a creamy smooth drink. Make sure you consume the smoothie immediately.
Hemp, banana, maca, and mango smoothie
This is a power-packed smoothie. While maca can regulate the endocrine system of the body, hemp seed can give your body the much-needed dose of protein.
- 1 banana, large
- 1 cup or 100 gm mango, frozen
- 1 teaspoon of finely grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon of powdered hemp seed
- 1 teaspoon of maca powder
- Rice or any plant-based milk (200 ml)
Take all the ingredients and turn them into a smooth, creamy drink using a blender. If you want your drink to be thick, add less liquid. You can either use a glass to drink it or simply pour it in a bowl and sprinkle some fruits, add granola, and enjoy it with a spoon.
Hemp and beetroot burger
Other than making your food look delightful, beetroot is loaded with health benefits that make it a must-have for you. It is instrumental in bringing down blood pressure levels, boosting stamina, and it also has antioxidants in abundance.
- 1/3 cup or 75 gm of shelled hemp seeds
- 2/3 cup or 175 gm of sunflower seeds
- 2 medium-sized beetroots
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of powdered cumin
- 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
- Little black pepper, just about a pinch
- 1 tablespoon of powdered coriander
- 2 teaspoons of onion powder
- 1 tablespoon of coconut cream
- 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds, in addition to the 1/3 cup
- 3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds, in addition to the 2/3 cup
- Oatmeal about 4 tablespoons
Mix 75 gm hemp seeds and 175 gm sunflower seed in a grind and keep grinding it till the mixture reaches a coarse consistency.
Now, take the two beetroots and grate them.
You now have to mix the grated beetroot and the seed mixture in a food processor. Alternatively, you can also use a hand blender. Now, you must add salt, the cumin powder, parsley, onion powder, and pepper to the mixture. Blend the mixture till all the ingredients are mixed well. Make sure that you avoid making a puree.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and then add coconut cream, the 3 tablespoons of sunflower and hemp seeds, and oatmeal. Mix all the ingredients again using a spoon.
Using the mixture, make patties for the burger. If the mixture feels too moist to form a shape, refrigerate it for some time.
Once the patties are ready, start grilling them using a wire grill tray. Cook each side of the patties on a low to medium heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure that you are careful while turning the patties.
When thoroughly cooked, put them inside buns and enjoy your gluten-free burger with some Tahini sauce.
Hemp seed falafel
You can combine the falafel with some salad, avocados, and tomatoes stuffed in a loaf pita bread. If you wish to avoid the carbohydrates in the bread, you can even wrap the falafel and the salad in a big salad leaf.
- 800 g of chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 4-5 tablespoons of hemp seeds
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon of curry powder
- 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- Fresh herbs
Keep the oven ready by preheating it at 200 degrees Celsius
Make a coarse paste out of chickpeas using a blender. Now, other than the hemp seeds, all the ingredients to the blender and make a smooth paste. Your dough for falafel is now ready.
Use parchment paper to make a baking sheet. Using the falafel dough, make about 15 falafel balls. Cover them with hemp seeds before transferring them on the baking sheet.
Bake the falafel balls in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. To make sure that they are cooked thoroughly, keep turning them.
Hemp seed alfredo sauce
For vegan lovers, this recipe is a boon when it comes to adding flavours to their food. The thick and creamy sauce can give you a burst of multiple flavours in one bite.
- ½ cup of raw cashews
- ½ cup of hemp seeds
- ½ cup of almond milk, plain and unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cloves of peeled and grounded garlic
- Salt as per taste
- Pepper, freshly ground and to taste
To soften the cashews, soak them up in warm water for about 30 minutes.
Drain the cashews before adding all the ingredients in a blender. Grind all the ingredients for about 2 minutes or till a smooth and creamy consistency is reached.
Serve the sauce with pasta or sautéed vegetables.
Lemon and hempseed pesto sauce
This sauce is loaded with health benefits and can add the missing flavour to your favourite pasta.
- 1 cup of baby spinach
- 2 cups of fresh basil
- 1 cup of hemp seeds
- Himalayan pink salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon of smashed garlic
- Fresh juice from a small lemon
- ¼ or ½ cup of water or vegetable broth
Using a food processor, blend all the ingredients together. Keep grinding the ingredients until they are mixed well. Add water or vegetable broth to get the desired consistency of the sauce. Add seasonings according to taste.
Happy eating !