The nutritional composition of hemp seeds has made them highly respected in the health world. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, loaded with healthy fats and fiber, and offer a wide variety of nutrients. The exploration of hemp seeds is much more than throwing them into salads, smoothies, and pasta sauce. Hemp seeds can be transformed into oil, powder, and milk and further used in products.
10 Hemp Seed Uses
Hemp Seed Oil
Made from extracting hemp seeds, the cold pressed or unrefined oil is considered to be one of the nutritious oils available. Hemp seed oil is generally put to use in culinary and cosmetic practices.
1. In Cooking
Hemp seed oil offers a nutty flavor and is expressed to be rather strong and distinctive. The sensitivity and delicacy of hemp seed oil suggests refrigeration and using it cold, rather than fried with foods. Add to dressings, smoothies, soups, sauces, or foods that have already undergone a cooking method.
2. As a Moisturizer
The topical application of hemp seed oil moisturizes the face. Additionally, the oil can reduce irritation and redness associated with acne. On a clean face, lightly massage a teaspoon of oil, let sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and lightly pat off excess oil.
3. Treat the Scalp and Hair
Adding hemp seed oil onto the scalp can relieve itchiness and dryness. Hemp seed oil can also keep hair smooth, strong, and moisturized. The oil can be added to shampoo bottles or simply used alone and rinsed out.
Hemp Protein Powder and Flour
Protein powder and flour is created by grounding up hemp seeds, either whole (protein powder) or stripped away from the seed's oil (flour). Like the seeds, the protein powder contains all 21 nonessential and essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. This plant-based protein is a significant protein source for vegetarians and vegans. But unlike the protein powder, hemp flour does not contain all essential amino acids.
4. Healthify Desserts
Desserts are generally absent of nutrients but loaded with sugar and refined flour. Using hemp protein powder in these baked good recipes enhances the nutritional profile without compromising flavor: mini brownies and hemp protein cookies.
5. Add into Smoothies
Although smoothies are generally recognized as "healthy," some offer nothing more than sugar. To make smoothies more substantial and filling, add hemp protein powder.
6. Hemp Protein Bread
Bread seems to be the "bad guy" when it comes to weight loss. However, baking bread with hemp flour offers rich nutrients and protein, unlike refined white bread. Try this recipe for a nutritious twist on your favorite baked bread.
This plant-based milk can be purchased in store or created in the comfort of your own kitchen. It is created by soaking and grounding hemp seeds in water. Optional steps include straining the product with cheesecloth or adding flavors such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice.
7. Pour into Cereal
Grab your favorite cereal bowl, a nutritious cereal, and hemp milk! To really amplify your morning go-to, prepare your own milk with spicy flavors. For instance, enjoy a flavorful bowl of whole grains, bananas, and cinnamon hemp milk!
8. Create Chia Pudding
Looking for a dairy-free pudding rich in flavor? In a bowl or mason jar, gently mix together ¼ cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of hemp milk and let sit in the fridge overnight. Prior to serving, break apart any clumps with a good mix. Add cocoa powder for a chocolate pudding or top with favorite fruits, nuts, and seeds.
9. Make French Toast
With the hemp bread recipe provided in number five, use a hemp milk and egg mixture to soak up French toast. On a non-stick pan, lightly brown both sides of the French toast. Top with berries, cooked apples, or simply with a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup.
10. Use in Coffee
All these breakfast ideas igniting a coffee craving? Adding hemp milk into coffee offers a little sweetness and creaminess for not only vegans, but for anyone to enjoy in the morning hours or as a pick-me-up.