Eat, drink more hemp seeds (yes, they’re legal)

Hemp milk one of the most nutritionally value-packed milk options

Author: Eatocracy Editors
(CNN) -In a post about eating more compassionately in the new year, Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur extolled the virtues of replacing cow’s milk with an animal-friendly, non-dairy milk.

Among his replacement recommendations were the usual suspects – almond, soy, rice – but then he also mentioned a substitute a little more, shall we say, earthy.

While the perception of hemp leans, erroneously, more toward Cheech and Chong than one of undiluted health, hemp seeds are packed full of nutrition – and you should milk them for all they’re worth, says Happy Hemp owner Tara Miko Grayless.

Five Uses for Hemp Seeds: Tara Miko Grayless

1. A happy stand-out

“Hemp seeds are a flavorful seed similar to pine nuts. Just a sprinkle of hemp seeds elevates any meal to super food status. It adds nutty goodness and a healthy dose of protein, fiber and essential amino and heart healthy fatty acids.

Sprinkle this moist seed on to any salad, yogurt, or cereal, or enjoy this protein-packed snack on their own. Simple and easy.”

2. Got milk?

“Hemp milk is one of the most nutritionally value-packed milk options. Hemp milk is a great option for vegans, those who have allergens associated with whey protein or casein, or are lactose intolerant. Hemp milk is full of omega fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and protein – not to mention easy to make!”

Hemp Milk

1 cup hemp seeds

5 to 6 cups of water

Sweetener: honey or agave

Directions:

In a blender combine one cup of hemp seeds with five to six cups of water. Blend for two to three minutes until smooth. Use less water for a thicker option. Add sweetener to taste. Strain through a cheesecloth or strainer to remove seed particles. Keeps fresh for three days in the refrigerator. Great for coffee, cereal, or oatmeal.

 

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