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It seems like these days we’re all looking for easy ways to boost our protein and vitamin intake. It’s actually easy to do, thanks to one of the hottest ingredients around: hemp seeds.What Are Hemp Seeds?
Hemp seeds come from one of the oldest, most versatile and hardy plants in the world. Hemp is used for making fabric, pressed for oil, ground for powder and eaten as shelled seeds. Plus, just a little bit can add a protein boost to your diet!How to Eat Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds (also called hemp “hearts”) are sold shelled, so they’re ready to eat when purchased. You can simply sprinkle them over your morning oatmeal or yogurt, or mix into baked goods. I like to use them in baked oatmeal!
Once opened, store packages of hemp seeds in the refrigerator, where they will stay fresh for up to a year.
Here are some great ways to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet:
- Mix up a batch of hemp seed dukkah, perfect for using on grilled meats or veggies.
- Add to your favorite breakfast cereal or granola.
- Try it as a protein-rich replacement for grains, like in this hemp seed tabbouleh.
- Soak, blend and strain for your own DIY hemp milk.
- Pulse with nuts and dates to make a piecrust.
- Use on salads instead of croutons.
- Coat chicken or fish in hemp seeds for an addictively crunchy crust.
- Use in place of breadcrumbs when making meatloaf, meatballs or burgers for a Paleo-friendly twist.
- Blend into smoothies.
- Sprinkle onto avocado toast.
There’s so many ways to enjoy hemp seeds, so start experimenting!
Photo Credit: @lucy_and_lentils
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