As you might guess, we burn the midnight oil at the Hemp, Inc. helm, and eating correctly can sometimes be a challenge, like yesterday when we forget to bring enough Hemp Foods with us on a road trip to LA to meet with Dana, the owner of ForbiddenLeaf.com. Happily, what we lacked in nutrition was more than made up by Dana’s great energy and sampling of her Hemp Body Care products.
But back to the subject at hand! Over the weekend, shopping at a local market, we came across a loaf of Hemp Bread in the freezer department. We hadn’t tried that particular brand before, and when we got home and tasted a small piece, it was really, really great! That set the course for the following thoughts about some hemp food products and hemp recipes, so here’s a shout out to French Meadow Bakery for that great treat!
Human Beings have been eating Hemp foods for centuries. History shows us that hemp as a food source has staved off famine in many countries around the world, including Australia, South Africa, Europe and China. The seeds were crushed in water to make a porridge that was eaten around the world for centuries!
Hemp is said to be the very best source of protein on the planet, containing all twenty one known amino acids. The human organism is unable to produce the nine essential amino acids, and amazingly, Hemp offers a full daily supply from one source. Additionally, hemp foods contain a perfect 3 to 1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega 3 Linoleic Acid, which when digested improves the immune system and boosts cardiovascular health. Hemp foods are also a rich source of phytonutrients, the organic compounds of plants that are thought to promote human health.
It’s been easy for us to incorporate hemp foods into the healthy cuisine routine. Thankfully, as hemp prohibition is lifted in other countries, hemp recipes have become not only more available, but more sophisticated. We use Hemp Oil to make salad dressings, substitute hemp oil for butter in most recipes and even use it as a marinade – best applied after a meat or bread is baked. Hemp Seeds can be sprinkled on just about all our favorite dishes from salads to yogurt granola parfaits! Hemp protein powder can be mixed with flour or added to my favorite morning blast, fruit smoothies. So if you thought eating hemp was boring, think again! Here are some of my favorite hemp recipes for a full day of Hemp Feasting!
Raw Vegan Crepes
Tempt Hemp Milk
Organic Orange Juice
Here are a few hemp sources that I like along with the links containing nutritional information.
Basic Hemp combines several protein sources including hemp, spirulina, AFA and rhodiola rosea to ensure the body gets a full daily supply of all necessary amino acids and vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, electrolytes and fiber. All of these elements work to increase stamina, strength and mental capacity. Incorporating Basic Hemp into a healthy diet improves the immune, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory and nervous systems. Add a serving to fruit and yogurt, blend with ice and enjoy a delicious smoothly any time of day. Basic Hemp products can be purchased online here: http://basichemp.com/
French Meadow Bakery
French Meadow Bakery is dedicated to providing flavorful food made from the Earth’s most natural and abundant resources. They make Hemp bread available in most Health Food Stores nationwide including Whole Foods Markets and certified low glycemic for consumption by diabetics by the Glycemic Institute. Check out their line-up of organic and all natural products including yeast free, vegan, sprouted grain, gluten free and Kosher Parve options. http://www.frenchmeadow.com/
Hempzel’s are pretzels sprinkled with hemp seeds and hand by Pennsylvania bakeries in small artisan batches. Coupled with the company’s signature horseradish hemp and honey mustard, Hempzel’s adds a healthy twist to a very old fashioned treat. The hemp seed mustards can also be used to spice up a deli salad or add just the right kick to a warm roast beef sandwich. Hempzel’s works with other companies to promote the myriad uses of the Hemp plant and offers a free complimentary hemp friendship bracelet by www.hempbasics.com with every online purchase. http://www.hempzels.com/
After travelling all over the World and learning the different ways that Hemp was used as a food, Chef Brad Irwin returned to the United States determined to make Hemp cuisine a common way of life in the Unites States. Brad and his wife Melete live on a ranch in Texas developing hemp products. They believe that Hemp will unquestionably replace petrochemical products for future generations. Chef Irwin has found creative and fun ways to enjoy the nutritional benefits of hemp, and hosts a YouTube channel and a full social media program replete with recipes, helpful tips and educational information.
Hippie Butter products include seeds, salad dressings, coffee, hemp butter, oil and more. Sign up for their email letter in the right column of their website to receive new recipes and special promotions each month. http://www.hippiebutter.com/
Hemp Seed Oil Salad Dressing
- 3 Tablespoons – Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup – Hemp Seed Oil
- Squirt – Dijon Mustard
- Pinch – Sea Salt Pinch – Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon – Cumin
- Pinch – Sugar
- Preparation: Mix all ingredients (except Hemp Seed Oil) together in a small bowl, Add Hemp Seed Oil and blend well.
Hippie Butter About us
Living Harvest began working with Canadian farmers and hemp foods researchers to create a superior Hemp Milk product distributed out of Portland, Oregon. The company cites the University of Saskatchewan in Canada as the source of their inspiration and breakthrough developments for its creation. A growing love of healthy consumer protein sources has taken the product all over the World. Nationally, Tempt Hemp Milk can be found in most major health food chains including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, and the company has expanded their product lines to include ice creams, protein powder and other healthy treats. Living Harvest hosts a recipe exchange on their website with lots of creative options for eating their products. http://livingharvest.com/eating-hemp/recipes
For more information on Living Harvest, please visit their website: http://livingharvest.com/
http://www.ukcia.org/industrial/hemp/famine.html Australia Famine Reduction, South Africa case study notes
http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2009/03/hemp-seed-nutritional-value-and-thoughts.html Resource Article
http://www.hemphasis.net/History/history.htm Hemp History