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Strawberry Hemp Seed Smoothie

I’ve been so into chia seeds lately that I kind of forgot about hemp seeds until last month’s Expo West. Hemp was everywhere! Apparently it’s still a hot food trend, and for good reason: hemp seeds do offer great nutritional bang for your buck.

A little more on hemp seeds…

What are they?

Hemp seeds are in the seed/nut family, and have a nutty flavor and crunchy texture, kind of like flax or chia.

What’s so healthy about hemp?

Hemp seeds are a great plant source of protein and healthy fat, and are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Some people claim to have more energy and improved digestion after adding hemp seeds to their diet (probably because of the fiber, protein, and healthy fat content).

Should I start eating hemp?

If you’re a vegetarian or just trying to eat more plant-based proteins, give hemp seeds a try. They are especially good for people who like to sprinkle a little crunch on top of their yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal or salads. Definitely worth working into your nut & seed rotation.

Are there any reasons not to eat hemp?

Like all nuts and seeds, hemp seeds are a dense source of calories and fat. Two tablespoons has about 85 calories and 7 grams of fat (the heart-healthy kind of fat), so while they are healthy, I don’t recommend you sprinkle hemp seeds on everything you eat. But if you replace some of the less-healthy fats in your diet with any nuts/seeds – hemp included – you’ll be doing your body a favor.

What can I do with these little seeds?

Sprinkle them on yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and salad. Add them to granola, baked goods, or bread. Here are tons of delicious and unique recipe ideas using hemp.

Most recently I made a super creamy Strawberry Hemp Seed Smoothie (pictured above) that I now can’t get enough of. Make this with any type of frozen berry you like!

The perfect way to enjoy the creamy, nutty flavor of hemp seeds!

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A light strawberry smoothie is the perfect way to usher in a season of fresh produce and welcome warmer mornings. In this smoothie, hemp seeds take the place of nuts, creating a protein-rich smoothie that also provides a dose of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Hemp seeds, sometimes called hemp hearts, have a creamy texture that produces a smooth background for any seasonal fruits or berries. Their mild grassy flavor doesn’t overpower the delicate flavor of the strawberries and the banana gives just the right amount of sweetness for a breakfast smoothie.

Strawberry-Hemp Smoothie

Makes 1 large smoothie

For added flavor, try incorporating a pinch of cinnamon or a tablespoon of coconut butter. You can also replace the water with coconut water for a sweeter result.

Ingredients:

2 cups hulled strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 frozen banana, broken into pieces

1/2 cup filtered water

3 tablespoons hemp seeds

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in an upright blender and blend until completely smooth.

A light strawberry smoothie is the perfect way to usher in spring and welcome warmer mornings. In this smoothie, hemp seeds take the place of nuts.