This morning was a day much like the week prior. I woke at the crack of dawn to stretch, run, hit some weights and follow it all up with a wholesome smoothie before work. Pretty ordinary. The real magic happened while making my smoothie. I tossed in raw cashews, almond milk,raw oats, vanilla, coconut sugar, bee pollen, and finally hemp seeds. Now I don’t want to give the impression that this was my first run in with hemp seeds. Be it far from me. But this moment was special because I took a moment to really stay in the moment recognize just how powerful some of the ingredients in my Vitamix were (namely Hemp Seeds) . I could go on for days (but I wont) about just how powerful hemp seeds are. Hemp seeds have been coined a miracle drug. In his Book “Fats that heal, fats that kill” Dr. Udo Erasmus names hemp seeds as the best source for a balanced source of essential fatty aids ( omega 3, omega 6, steradonic acid, and linoleic acid). According to Bastyr University associate professor and certified nutritionist Jennifer Adler; the anti -inflammatory quality of hemp seeds help to fend of a number of conditions including diabetes, certain cancers, auto-immune, and heart diseases. Hemp seeds are easily digested, high in protein, great for skin health, inhibit cancer growth, whats not to love?
We are fortunate to have access to them. With all of the legal hoopla surrounding the Hemp, and Cannabis plant its great to know that there has been someone sane or savvy enough in government to allow us a chance to enjoy the natural benefits of either. If you aren’t yet hip to what the real issues are; THC-tetrahydrocannabinol (the compound found in either plant that causes psychoactive effects) is regulated and monitored by both the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Even though hemp contain very little levels of THC, it is still grouped with marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance ( by the DEA). Hemp has been planted, harvested and used for food and textiles by the Chinese as early as 2800 BCE, grown and used in Chile in the 1500’s. It wasn’t used in North America until a century later. The whole world agrees, hemp seeds are delicious and wholly wholesome. Try hemp seeds in shakes, smoothies, granola, or simply tossed into a salad. Here’s a tasty recipe from the Vegetarian times that’ll help introduce hemp seeds into your repertoire. Enjoy!
Chef Will Hall
Grated Carrot and Celery Root Salad with Hemp Seeds
30 minutes or fewer
- 2 medium carrots, peeled
- 8 oz. celery root, peeled
- 3 green onions, chopped (¼ cup)
- ¼ cup shelled hemp seed
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
- 4 tsp. hemp seed oil
1. Grate carrots and celery root using finest grater setting of food processor. Transfer to bowl, and stir in green onions and hemp seed.
2. Whisk together mustard and vinegar in small bowl. Whisk in hemp seed oil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Add vinaigrette to carrot and celery mixture, and toss to coat.
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