Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. In addition to providing a massive amount of protein and other nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, studies have shown that they provide medical benefits such as treating and preventing high blood pressure. Given these benefits, and the simple fact that hemp seeds are delicious, it’s always a good idea to include them in meals; they’re incredibly versatile and can be added to almost anything, sweet or savory.
With all of this in mind, here is a list of five of the best ways to consume hemp seeds (other than adding them into baked goods or drinking hemp milk). Here they are:
Put them in a salad
Hemp seeds are perfect in salads. The slight nutty flavor of the seeds shines through particularly well when using a light Italian or vinaigrette dressing, and the subtle crunch added to each bite really brings the salad together.
Put them on a pizza
Adding hemp seeds to pizza doesn’t add a lot of flavor, as the sauce, cheese and any additional topping tends to drown it out, but it does add an additional layer of appreciated texture to the pizza, and a huge boost of nutrients.
Put them on ice cream
The joy of eating hemp seeds certainly expands into sweet foods, and how well they pair with ice cream is the perfect example. Enjoyed on some vanilla ice cream (if you have vegan hemp ice cream; even better!) by itself, or with a dollop of fudge and whipped cream, hemp seeds add a great burst of both flavor and texture.
Put them in oatmeal
This is an obvious one, but the combinations works far too well to not include on this list. The hemp seeds blend in perfectly with the oatmeal, giving a massive boost of nutrients. The flavor is subtle to the point of being unnoticeable, but if you put in a lot, you’ll add a nice nut-like flavor profile to the oatmeal, and a welcomed layer of texture.
Put them on a sandwich
Adding hemp seeds to a sandwich is a great way to add a nice crunch and extra flavor depth. This works particularly well on sandwiches that have lettuce and tomato.
Do you have any favorite ways of eating hemp seeds that we didn’t mention, or any hemp seeds recipes you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!