Helpful Hemp

Seeds are delicious and healthful and hemp seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in this category.  They contain large amounts of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E and B, and the minerals Fe, Zn, Mg, P, K. Like soy, they are also a complete vegetarian source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids – the ones we cannot make. A tablespoon of hemp seeds contains about 3 g of protein. The seeds contain no psychoactive component, so you don’t have to worry about failing any drug testing at work. You can consume them as hemp milk, or do what Dr. Andrew Weil does:  toast hemp seeds in a dry skillet until they start to pop, then add olive oil, salt and pepper, or a combination of soy sauce garlic and ginger. These seeds can then be eaten as is, or scattered on top of a salad or stirred into steamed veggies.