During the winter months we all try to find ways to keep our energy levels high either with vitamins, caffeine, exercise or a quick vacation. I enjoy my morning ritual of a hot drink to get my day going. When I visited my sister-in-law she made me this amazing hot drink using the Vitamix blender adding this one ingredient that made it creamy and OH SO GOOD! I actually had a lot of energy for the rest of the day. It’s no surprise that it has been said that this is one of the most nutritious foods. HEMP SEEDS! The trick is to add about 1 tablespoon per cup to your milk or smoothies. It makes your drinks creamy, you get the foam on top not to mention that it adds you a boatload of vitamins, essential fats and minerals! Just don’t add too much as it has a strong nutty flavor. Honestly, this simple step has made ALL the difference in increasing my energy levels and daily nutrients. One cup is enough and I am good to go for the day!
But what exactly are Hemp Seeds?
It grows on a plant. The hemp “seed” is actually a dry fruit with a hard shell. It is considered one of the most versatile plant and is cultivated for it’s fibers, seeds, oils and meal. However, do not heat the seed as it will destroy the nutrients.
Hemp Seeds Nutrition and Benefits
- More allergy-free than many other seeds
- Rich in healthy fats (omega-3, omega-6)
- High in protein
- Source of vitamine E
- Source of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc
- Easily digested by the body
- May help reduce PMS and menopause symptoms (any women could benefit from this, lol!)
- Hemp seed oil has been linked to an increase in energy, healthy skin, helping arthritis and normalizing blood cholesterol.
I usually use the Vitamix blender to ground the hemp seeds, adding about 1 cup of my almond milk, some spices depending on my mood such as cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, tumeric and a dash of cayenne. For added sweetness 1-2 tsp of honey or dates and a bit of coconut milk if I want some extra thickness.
I sure hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do!