By Maz Valcorza – Author of Uncooked, The Naked Vegan and creator of Every Day Vegan online courses.
Being a Vegan recipe developer I love finding ways to add superfoods into my diet and boost my daily intake of essential vitamins and minerals each day. Hemp is one of the most versatile and nutrient rich foods that is so easy to incorporate into your everyday meals. Companies like Hemp Foods Australia make it so easy to add nutritional value to your diet without even noticing! Here are my top tips to get this superfood in your meals and boost your vitamin intake without even noticing!
- Pour Hemp Oil Into Your Coffee
Research shows that starting your day with healthy fat is a great way to boost your energy, metabolism and improve cognitive function. By consuming MCT’s (medium-chain triglycerides) which are naturally found in food sources such as coconut and Hemp oil may in fact induce fat loss over time. My tip is to try stirring 1 tsp. of hemp oil along with 1 tsp. of coconut oil into your morning coffee to give you a morning superfood boost and help set you up for a productive day.
- Stir Hemp Seeds Into Coconut Yoghurt
A trick I love is to take one tablespoon of Hemp seeds into coconut yoghurt for a tasty high protein breakfast or a quick and easy nutritious snack. By simply adding your favourtie nuts, fruit and granola you can easily bulk up this meal to suit your hunger level and make yourself a tasty nutrient dense time saving meal or snack.
- Sprinkle On Top Of All Your Meals
One tablespoon of hemp seeds contains 13% of your total required daily intake of iron and 5.3 g of protein which is great news for vegans, vegetarians or anyone looking to add more Iron or protein to your diet. By simply sprinkling a tablespoon of Hemp Seeds or Hemp Oil onto your meals will give them a subtle nutty flavour and pack a vitamin punch. Simply sprinkle on top of your salads, baked vegetables, soups, pasta, rice or stir-fry’s – you name it! Hemp can be added into any dish you like.
- Replace Flour With Hemp flour In Your Baking
Hemp flour is gluten free and high in fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. With its’ subtle nutty taste Hemp flour can be a great swap for your baking recipes such as bread, pancakes, muffins and biscuits. Simply follow your recipe but instead of adding your regular flour simply swap half the recommended amount of flour for Hemp Flour. E.g. 1 cup of Flour = ½ Cup Hemp Flour
- Scoop Hemp protein into your smoothies
Hemp contains the perfect omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid ratio. Hemp protein is easy for the body to digest so by using Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Protein powder to go in your smoothies it’s an easy way to boost your protein intake each day. Simply add a heaped tablespoon to your favourite smoothies and enjoy.
Here is my favourite smoothie recipe:
Chocolate Protein Smoothie
This protein packed smoothie containing 23 grams of protein in one serve is a delicious and easy way to meet your daily requirements and aid in muscle recovery. It is a great post workout snack and the best part is you don’t need a blender, just pop into a mason jar or shaker. Simply shake and drink!
Macros Per Serve:
Calories: 266 kcal Net Carbs: 3 grams Protein: 23 grams Fat: 14 grams
Makes 1 Serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
|1 tbsp||cacao powder|
|500 ml||your favourite plant milk|
|2 heaped tbsp||Hemp foods Australia Hemp protein (20 grams)|
|Stevia to test|
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender or shaker and blend on high speed or shake until well combined.
- Pour into a glass or jar if using a blender and enjoy mindfully. You can also top it with chocolate or cocoa shavings for that extra bit of love.
Hemp is a food that can be added to any savory or sweet recipe. If you’re not familiar with it yet, you can start with the suggestions above and get even more creative with uses over time.
For further information, recipes and product visit hempfoods.com.au