Cooking With Hemp: Healthy and Eco-Friendly

When most people think of hemp as something to include on the dinner table, likely the first reaction is shock. Many associate hemp too closely with marijuana, which like hemp is a by-product of the cannabis plant. People are apt to assume, therefore, that hemp is a drug, when in fact it is not. Cannabis is actually a genus for several species of plants in this family, and hemp is primarily derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, and contains none of the THC that gives marijuana its medicinal and recreational properties. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with having hemp-made foods in your pantry – they are as healthy as they are tasty.

Why should you include hemp in your diet? In addition to carrying all eight essential amino acids, hemp is a good source of protein, iron, and magnesium. Hemp is also environmentally friendly – the plant doesn’t deplete as much nutrients from the soil as other plants do, and food products made are diverse and useful in a variety of recipes. Just some of the wonderful things you can add to your pantry and refrigerator shelves include:

Hemp Oil – High in Omega-6 and Omega-3, this is a good substitute for olive and canola oil when cooking stir fry vegetables.

Milk – The milk derived from this product definitely doesn’t contain the hormones one is likely to find in regular cow’s milk. This is a great alternative for the lactose-intolerant.

Hemp Spread – Have a peanut allergy, but want a nice nutty-tasting spread for sandwiches. This special butter is just what you need for toast and crackers, or by itself for a treat.

Cereal – Granola style cereals made with hempseeds, dried fruit, flax, and other organic ingredients make for a healthy start to any day.

Protein Powder – For adding extra protein goodness to diet shakes, this provides nutrients you won’t find in other mixes. It also helps enhance the flavor of smoothies, too.

Don’t let the idea of using hemp in your cooking concern you. The qualities you’ll normally find in marijuana are not present, but you will enjoy the healthful properties that give you more energy and balance in your diet. Try hemp food products today!

Bobbie Carson writes about marijuana culture and Mary Jane girls.

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