The week of June 6th marks Hemp History Week and we are celebrating with remembering hemp’s roots and enjoying this superfood ingredient in our line of baking mixes and our NEW crunchy and mini cookie line. It’s been a staple for all of our Zemas Madhouse Food products since the beginning and we’d like to make it a staple in yours.
Hemp has origins that can be traced back to 4000 BC where nearly every society on every continent in the Northern Hemisphere cultivated the plant. It produces a generous crop that has been used in a wide variety of ways over thousands of years. In fact, in 1938, Popular Mechanics named hemp the “New Billion Dollar Crop”. At the same time, the US government chose to heavily tax and eventually outlaw cultivating hemp because it shares the same plant origin as marijuana. Many consider this shortsighted as hemp contributes so many benefits while having only trace amounts of THC, the compound that causes the drug-like effects of marijuana.
Despite the government’s position, hemp is widely used throughout US manufacturing. Raw hemp is imported from Canada, Europe and China, and is used in everything from healthy snacks to body care products to durable goods like carpeting and auto parts to biofuel.
The nutritional benefits alone make hemp a healthy essential gem. Since it’s plant based, it can provide a much needed nutritional boost to even the most restrictive diets(especially vegans).
- It’s high in protein and fiber which naturally regulates blood sugar, sustains the body’s energy and helps digestive regularity.
- It’s one of the few plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids which helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower blood pressure.
- It’s seeds are a “complete” plant protein containing all the amino acids that must be found in one’s diet. Amino acids are necessary for mental function and regular body maintenance of cells, muscles, tissues and organs.
For all of those nutritional benefits above and more, is why we use them in ALL our whole food products. Outside of our mixes, hemp seeds can be used easily in one’s daily diet. Here’s an easy smoothie recipe:
Cocoa-Banana-Almond Butter Smoothie
8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 serving of cocoa protein powder
1-2 T. organic peanut butter (or almond, cashew, Sunbutter)
1 T. hemp seeds
2 T. cacao nibs
½ c. ice cubes(more if needed)
1 T. MCT oil (optional)
Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Here’s some of my favorite recipes using our baking mixes that already have hemp in them:
Love this cool summer treat of frozen Sunbutter Cookie Dough Balls and feel free to swap out for any seed or nut butter of your choice:
Another summer favorite for my family is our Whoopie Pies-messy and delicious!
I also love to sprinkle hemp seeds in my salads, roast them, add them to cold pasta dishes and add to roasted potatoes.
Happy Hemp History Week!