As a food source, hemp is growing more and more in popularity. If you’re unfamiliar with preparing hemp, you’re not alone. Here’s how to use hemp for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Try these recipes out today!
For breakfast, consider making a hemp milk smoothie. Like cow’s milk, hemp milk contains high amounts of calcium which is important in maintaining strong teeth and bones, and protein, which helps to build and maintain muscle mass. However, the absence of dairy in hemp milk makes it a great alternative to lacto-vegetarians or individuals who have a lactose intolerance. Combine one cup of hemp milk with the fruit of your choice and a small amount of ice, and place in a blender or food processor. Blend until combined thoroughly. Be sure to refrigerate any unused hemp milk after opening to prevent spoilage.
For lunch, you may want to consider making a house salad with an Italian vinaigrette made from hemp oil. Unlike vegetable or corn oil, which contain high amounts of saturated fats that researchers have found can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, stroke and even death, hemp oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats can actually help in the treatment and prevention of some of the diseases described earlier, and are essential for good brain health and optimal growth. To make an Italian vinaigrette, combine equal amounts of hemp oil and balsamic vinegar, and mix thoroughly. Add the herbs and spices of your choice, and serve over a large salad. Enjoy!
As an Afternoon Snack
As an afternoon snack, you may want to choose hemp seeds in trail mix. Hemp seeds are the most natural form of dietary hemp, and are the way that hemp oil and hemp foods are formed. They have a slight nutty taste that makes them great for trail mixes or with mixed nuts. To make a trail mix, combine hemp seeds, peanuts, raisins and rice cereal in the ratio of your choice. This is an easy snack that is as nutritious as it is delicious.
For dinner you have a ton of different options to use hemp in your meal. As discussed above, hemp seeds have a slight nutty taste, and therefore pair very well with a variety of different meats and fish. Try topping your favorite cut of beef with hemp seeds for a surprising crunch and delicious flavor. Another great option for dinner involves making a sauce for meat or pasta with hemp oil. Hemp oil can be used in place of butter or oil in nearly any recipe with amazing results. Try making a pasta sauce with hemp oil instead of butter, and then throw a few hemp seeds on top of the sauce in place of Parmesan cheese for something different. Your family will love it!