HERE ARE 2 WAYS YOU CAN INCLUDE HEMP SEEDS INTO YOUR LIFE

HERE ARE 2 WAYS YOU CAN INCLUDE HEMP SEEDS INTO YOUR LIFE

INCLUDE HEMP SEEDS IN YOUR DIET

Hemp seeds are super nutritious.

They contain a good balance of omega fats 3 and 6 with a 3:1 ratio. 

They are high in GLA (gamma linolenic acid). 

They are a complete protein containing 20 amino acids and the 9 essential amino acids.

They contain fibre to help cleanse the colon.

You can bake with them

Add them to smoothies

Add them to salads

Add them to chia pudding

Add them to porridge

Here is a great recipe using hemp seeds

SEED ENERGY BARS

This recipe is from the Paleo Hacks website here 

INGREDIENTS

60g/ ½ cup plant-based protein powder

100g/ ½ cup dates, pitted, soaked overnight

150g/ 1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight

150g/1 cup raw Brazil nuts, soaked overnight

50g/ 1/3 cup pumpkins seeds

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

1 tsp cup coconut oil, melted

1 Tbsp raw honey

Pinch of sea salt

Extra raw almonds and pumpkin seeds for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F/175C.  Drain the water from the dates and nuts, and then place both in a blender with seeds, salt, honey and coconut oil. Process on high 2 minutes, then scrape down the sides, and process again.  

Add the protein powder and process another 1-2 minutes. Continue processing and scraping the sides until fully combined.

Prepare an 8×8 baking pan by laying parchment paper crisscross, allowing the ends to hang over the edges.

Transfer the batter to the baking pan. Spread into a smooth layer with a spatula.

Place a few extra raw almonds and pumpkin seeds on top, gently pressing them into the batter to set.  Bake for 18-20 minutes until the edges are brown.  Remove from the oven. Cool in the pan 30 minutes, then remove using sides of parchment paper.

Slice into 16 bars.

HEMP SEED OIL FOR YOUR SKIN

Hemp seeds can also be great for your skin too. 

REVERSE SKIN AGING

The content of omega 3 and omega 6 help to restore skin elasticity.

Hemp seed oil will reach the deep layers and so can reset the production of collagen in the skin to help keep wrinkles at bay.

SKIN MOISTURISER

Hemp oil can help to keep your skin healthy from pollution.  Apply some at night to lock in moisture and prevent your skin from drying out.

SKIN CLEANSER

Hemp oil can be used as a cleanser, especially if you have acne because the oil will not clog the pores. 

It will help to remove excess oil from your skin.  You can mix it with some other oils such as tea tree oil. 

It is also anti inflammatory, to soothe problem skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis or dermatitis. 

 

SUGAR, HONEY, AGAVE – WHICH SWEETENERS ARE THE HEALTHIEST?

SUGAR, HONEY, AGAVE - WHICH SWEETENERS ARE THE HEALTHIEST?

Refined sugar is not really a good choice of sweetener.

Why is that?

Refined sugar can deplete your body of nutrients

Refined sugar can cause blood sugar levels to spike up and down very quickly

Refined sugar can contribute to weight gain

Refined sugar can contribute to diabetes

Refined sugar can contribute to age related diseases

There are so many kinds of sugar available.  The well known ones are:-

Granulated white sugar

Raw cane sugar

Brown sugar

 

There is no difference between white and brown sugar.  The brown sugar is coloured with dark sugar syrups.  

Raw sugar has more benefit because it is not refined and has more molasses than white sugar. 

These sugars are called sucrose and they get broken down into glucose and fructose in the body.

You don’t have to give up all sugar for good.  We do need sugar for fuel. 

When you think about how much sugar you eat every day, I bet you don’t realise just how much. 

Many people say that they don’t eat sugar but it is hiding in lots of foods in the supermarket such as snacks, desserts, drinks, cereals, gravy, sauces etc.  A lot of packaged food contains sugar.  Are you looking at the ingredients list of everything you buy to find out if it contains sugar?  I highly encourage you to check your ingredients labels. 

So what exactly would be a good choice of sweetener?

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE SWEETENERS THAT I EAT REGULARLY 

RAW HONEY

Raw honey is a delicious way to add sweetness to your diet.  It is half fructose and half glucose.  It is a good sweetener for a diabetic in small amounts too as the liver will process it slowly and you will get a slow release of sugar into your blood. 

Look out for the raw honey and not the processed kind.  You can tell if honey is raw and not overly processed by putting a bit onto your finger and if it doesn’t run off, then its good honey to eat. 

Raw honey has enzymes, vitamins and phytonutrients that come from the flower nectar.

Go here to read about the nutrition value in honey

 

COCONUT SUGAR

Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut trees which is heated to dry.  Coconut sugar has a low glycaemic level and can be used to replace refined sugar when cooking or baking. 

It is mostly sucrose and it has some nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and a prebiotic fibre called inulin.

DATES/DATE SYRUP

There are a few variety of dates, medjool or neglet nour dates.  They are excellent to bake with.  You can blend them into smoothies to add sweetness too.  You can make a syrup from them or you can buy date syrup. 

Dates contain lots of nutrients such as calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc and magnesium.  They are a good source of energy, sugar, and fibre.  They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

FOR A SWEET AND HEALTHY TREAT, TRY THESE ENERGY BARS

CHOCOLATE ENERGY BARS

recipe from Paleo Hacks website 

INGREDIENTS

100G/½ cup dates, pitted and soaked in water

65G/1/3 cup dried apricots OR dates

40G/1/4 cup raw almonds

75G/½ cup raw cashews

40G/1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

3 TBSP raw cacao powder

1 TBSP raw cacao nibs

Pinch of sea salt

40G/¼ cup dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

In a food processor or blender, add cashews and pumpkin seeds. Pulse several times until finely chopped.  Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the cacao powder and cacao nibs. Set aside.  

To the food processor, add the pre-soaked dates and apricots. Add 2 tablespoons water and process on high until a paste forms.  Transfer the date-apricot mixture to the bowl and combine the ingredients. The ingredients should be sticky and slightly crumbly.  Transfer the batter into a meatloaf pan with parchment paper and smooth into an even layer. Press firmly into the sides and bottom of the pan.  Add the almonds on top, pressing them into the mixture.  Place the pan in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to set. 

Once set, melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and drizzle over the bars.