Hemp Seeds, the new kid on the block…. in Australia anyway!

Hemp Seeds, the new kid on the block…. in Australia anyway!

Hemp seed (and its products, such as oils and milks) is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. This is the same plant that produces marijuana and medicinal cannabis, but the seeds have no psychoactive properties.  The reason we have not heard much about them until recently is because they were prohibited for sale in Australia until 2017. 

So what is so great about Hemp Seeds?

  • They are high in Omega 3s
  • They  are high in protein  compared with other seeds – 32 g of protein per 100 g of high quality protein  (nearly twice the amount of protein as chia or sesame seeds)
  • They are a source of fibre. 100 g of hemp seeds contain 4 g of fibre.  If fibre is what you are after, you might want to swap your chia seeds for hemp  seeds, because they have a massive 34 g of fibre per 100g.

How do you use Hemp Seeds?

  • On cereal or yoghurt
  • In smoothies
  • Baking, muesli bars, muffins and goodie balls
  • Sprinkling on salads

And the big question, do they have any calcium?  

They have approximately 70 mg per 100 g, so they have some, but not enough to rely on as a decent source.

The take home message? 

Hemp seeds are great for you so find way to incorporate them into your diet. But don’t give up all your other seeds. Chia, flax seed, linseed and sesame seeds, just to name a few, are so good for us and contain nutrients we don’t get from hemp seeds so remember, variety is the key!

Here’s a recipe to give hemp seeds a GO!

Hemp Pesto (source: Australia’s Best Recipes: www.bestrecipes.com.au)

Super easy. Makes 3 serves

Ingredients

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/4 cup hemp seeds

4 cups fresh basil leaves

2 garlic cloves small

1/2 lemon juice

2 tbs hemp oil (can replace with olive oil)

1 pinch salt

1 pinch oregano *to taste

1/4 cup parmesan *optional to add calcium!

Method

Add the hemp oil slowly with the motor running until the desired consistency is reached. Add salt to taste.

Add the hemp oil slowly with the motor running until the desired consistency is reached. Add salt to taste.