We love our green hemp seeds. They are one of the best sources of protein and healthful fatty acids–and they can make a more nutritious alternative to dairy and other nuts/seeds in so many recipes.
Why green hemp seeds?
The deep green color of hemp foods comes from their high chlorophyll content, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most healing substances in nature. Chlorophyll is incidentally also the main ingredient in the composition of wheat grass, another highly healing plant food.
A serving of shelled hemp seeds provides us with 11g of absorbable protein.
Hemp contains 25% – 31 % protein, second only to soy (35%), but the protein in hemp foods is more easily digestible, because hemp contains globular proteins, albumin 33% and 65% edistin (a Greek word meaning edible), which have structures very similar to proteins made by the blood, which makes them readily digestible. No other food source provides complete protein in such an easily digestible form. No enzyme inhibitors like other plant-based proteins.
Hemp seeds also have a naturally nutty flavor making them the perfect base for a nutty pesto. This hemp seed pesto recipe can be used for pasta, as a dressing, a sauce roasted veggies, or as a spread.
Easy Green Hemp Pesto Pasta
½ cup Green Hemp Seed Meal
¼ cup extra-virgin olive or avocado oil
2-3 garlic clove
2 cups basil leaves, packed
1 cup spinach or arugula
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1-1 1/2 tsp. mineral salt
- In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients, except oil until smooth.
- While the blade is running, drizzle in the olive oil. Season to taste.
- Serve over zucchini noodles, kelp noodles, or cooked spaghetti squash (as shown in the photo) with sautéed onions, garlic, mushrooms and asparagus.
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