You probably know that seeds are good for your health, but did you know they can do wonders for weight loss? If I had to choose just ONE seed to eat the rest of my life, it would be hemp seeds. Hands-down.
Don’t worry – I’m not promoting “getting high!” Although hemp seeds come from the cannabis plant, hulled hemp seeds are considered non-viable and do not contain THC, the chemical in marijuana responsible for producing mind altering effects.
In years past, hemp has been used not only for its highly nutritional seeds, but to make fiber, paper, rope, oil and many other products.
Hemp seeds are considered one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. They contain all of the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for maintaining optimal health – there is NO other single plant source that offers all of this in such an easily digestible form, or that has the essential fatty acids in such a perfect ratio to meet nutritional needs.
And, hemp seeds also have one of the most potent effects on weight loss. Three tablespoons contain almost 16 grams of protein and only 120 calories. Protein is known to help to balance out low-sugar levels, decreasing cravings for unhealthy foods – plus, studies have even show that a diet with plenty of protein helps control the appetite and can make you feel fuller longer so that you’ll consume fewer calories throughout the day.
As hemp seeds are also a great source of fiber, they provide a “double whammy” effect in taking the edge off of cravings and keeping you feeling satisfied longer. Hemp seeds are also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids that help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels in addition to preventing a poor mood which can cause some people to turn to junk food for relief.
We can all use more energy, right? The nutritional makeup of these tiny seeds even offer a great boost of energy when you need it most, making it easier to feel motivated to workout.
Just keep in mind that you still have to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan to lose weight. Simply eating hemp seeds and doing nothing else to reach your desired goal is not going to make 10 pounds magically drop off overnight. But, adding them to an already healthy diet and exercise program can help you achieve those results quicker.
Hemp seeds have a pleasant nutty taste similar to pine nuts or sunflower seeds. They can be found at most natural food stores or online – look for organic seeds without any other unnecessary ingredients.
Of course, just like any other seed or nut, the calories can add up quickly, so it’s best to limit your daily amount to around three tablespoons.
There are lots of ways to use them due to their mild flavor. Get creative and add them to all sorts of dishes, including soups, oatmeal, into a smoothie, sprinkle them onto a salad or yogurt – they’re super easy to incorporate to your diet!
Here's one of my favorite Smoothie Recipes:
– 3/4 c water
– 2 scoops of Organifi protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
– 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
– 1/2 c greens (spinach, kale or romaine)
– 1 Tbsp raw peanut or almond butter
– 1/2 tsp turmeric
– Handful of ice
Blend together until all ingredients are mixed well and enjoy!
This is one of my favorite recipes to start the day since it includes all of the essentials for a boost of energy and fat loss – fiber, protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
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