Hemp seeds are on my permanent grocery list these days. But when my mom came to visit from California a few weeks ago, she turned her nose up at them and couldn't quite understand: Why not just eat granola in the morning instead? Why would you put those in your salad?
The truth? They're nutty and delicious
and pack a serious nutritional punch. In short: I've fallen hard for them.
If you haven't tried hemp seeds, they're chewier than other seeds like sunflower or pumpkin seeds and have a really wonderful, nutty flavor. A complete source of protein (10 grams per serving!), essential fats and vitamins, they're great in the morning because they don't contain much sugar.
My go-to way to eat them is on yogurt with a little honey, but many people love eating them in salads, smoothies, soups, and pestos or sauces. They are still illegal to produce in the United States, to my knowledge, but you can find them at most gourmet grocery stores or health food stores (I like the Hemp Hearts brand and have an easy time tracking them down).
If you have yet to dive into the word of hemp seeds, here are a few great recipes to help inspired you:
5 Great Hemp Recipes to Get You Started:
- Raw Tabouli Hemp Seed Salad (pictured) - Kimberly Snyder
- Super Seed Trifecta Granola - Keepin it Kind
- Hemp Seed Pesto - Bob's Red Mill
- Speedy Summer Power Salad - Oh She Glows
- Apple Hemp Muffins - Dreena Burton's Plant-Powered Kitchen
(Images: Kimberly Snyder)