Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hemp Milk

Hemp seeds are one of the only plant-based complete proteins. They contain all eight essential amino acids, those that your body cannot make and must be ingested. The protein provided by shelled hemp seeds is proportional to both egg whites and soy beans with higher levels of arginine and histidine. It is easily digested and is often used to treat malnourishment. 

Hemp seeds are also a great source of polyunsaturated fat as well as essential fatty acids.  Omega 3 and Omega 6 and contain a high level of antioxidant tocopherols. In addition, they contain adequate levels of vitamins B1 and B2 and are a good source of phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, manganese, zinc and copper. 
As a part of a daily diet, hemp seeds are also associated withlowering colesterol levels and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

You may add them in your salads, just like flaxseeds, but I would suggest you to try hemp milk, which you may drink plain, add it in smoothies or mix it with some oats and nuts just like I did this morning!! 

So here is the recipe:

1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds, soaked overnight in 1/2 cup mineral water
1 1/2 cups mIneral water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or cinnamon (optional)

Put the hemp seeds with their water in a blender and add the rest of your ingredients as well. Blend really well and strain using a very fine sieve, or a nut milk bag (or just a piece of voile or cheesecloth).

This morning I had it with some oat flakes, walnuts, goji berries and cranberries and added some cinnamon on top... it was delicious!!!











































Resources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/217904-hemp-seeds-health-benefits-or-hype/#ixzz2MeCVnL2A
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