Hemp Seed: The New Chia Seed of 2014?

Hemp Seed the new Chia Seed of 2014

Listen up health nuts, there’s a new seed on the horizon called hemp seed!

So what is hemp seed? Hemp seeds are tiny round seeds about the size of a sesame seed and come from the hemp plant. These seeds are packed with essential fats, amino acids and protein. Hemp seed has more than double the amount of protein as chia seeds which makes it a great source for both vegans and vegetarians. One serving size of hemp seeds has 10 grams of protein compared to chia seeds which only hold about 3 grams of protein per serving. Hemp seeds also contain 50% of your daily dose of Magnesium (helps with nerve and muscle function) and Phosphorus (helps build strong bones and teeth).

Hemp Seeds

These protein packed seeds are a great addition to your morning oatmeal, afternoon smoothie  or dinner time soup! I personally like to throw them in my oatmeal, yogurt or granola for an extra protein boost in the morning to help keep me full until lunch.

What is your favorite way to eat hemp seeds?

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Berry Protein Smoothie

Berry Protein Smoothie Ingredients

After my 11 mile run this morning I needed to replenish the 800+ calories I burned quick! To go along with the beautiful weather I decided a smoothie was the just the ticket! This smoothie, along with plenty of water, was the perfect post-workout drink!

Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe:

  1. 1 Cup frozen berries (I used the frozen berry medley from Trader Joe’s. Frozen berries keep the smoothie cold so you don’t need to add ice!)
  2. 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk (I used the light version, but you can substitute regular milk, rice milk or soy milk, go crazy!)
  3. 1 Vanilla Greek Yogurt cup
  4. 1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein powder
  5. A sprinkle of chia seeds (this is optional)

Blend all the ingredients together and the smoothie is ready to drink! Next time I might add a handful of spinach for some extra nutrients. If you don’t like vegetables, combining spinach or kale in a smoothie is a great way to hide the veggie taste, but still get those nutrients. I promise you won’t even taste it!

Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe

What is your favorite smoothie combination??