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Nutritional Greens

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Most people seem to be coming around to the versatility of the hemp plant. Going beyond CBD and hemp flower, its other uses include rope, textiles, and even building material. But here’s a new use that’s just now starting to catch on – eating it. And not once it’s CBD either. I’m talking about getting in your nutritional greens – eating the hemp hearts, or seeds, as well as the leaves.

Will I get stoned?

No; they’re not psychoactive like a THC edible, so don’t worry that your new dietary habits will make you fail a drug test or give you any unwanted side effects.

Then what’s the point?

Nutrition! Believe it or not, the plant contains many valuable nutrients. In just 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts, there are 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, 300 milligrams of potassium, omegas 3 and 6, as well as 15 percent of your vitamin A and 25% of your iron daily intake.  And while there are no studies (that I’ve read) on the leafy greens, they’re suspected to be as or more nutritious than kale, with similar texture and flavor. California kale, am I right folks?

Okay, so how should I cook them?

Hemp hearts are similar to chia seeds, and therefore a great addition to smoothies, overnight oatmeal, granola, and other breakfast delights. You can also use it with grains such as quinoa and chickpeas for added texture and protein. This article had 15 different recipes that I have most definitely saved for myself, and I hope you’ll find a few that you like as well!

 

~written by Melinda Gardner~

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