Recipes provided by Anita, founder of Loving Gift. You can purchase Loving Gift groceries to use in these recipes from InnerOrigin.
5 Hemp Seeds Benefits
As the world’s health consciousness continues to rise we are consistently re-discovering amazing foods that have been forgotten for long periods of time during this modern health crisis of processed, artificial “foods”. One of the most powerful of these is Hemp Seeds. It was one of the most important foods and building materials throughout the world for thousands of years before being vilified in the early 20th century and made illegal in many countries. Luckily it is regaining popularity, so today I will share with you 5 Hemp Seeds Benefits as well as a recipe for Raw Hemp Balls.
- Hemp Seeds are packed with Omega 3 Fatty Acids
And they also happen to have the ideal ratio of Omega 3s to Omega 6s; 3:1. Particularly for people on a raw vegan diet, making an effort to eat lots of Omega 3s can be a tricky one. It’s much less common than Omega 6s, especially in vegan foods, so maintaining that 3:1 balance can be difficult. Hemp Seeds are one of the best ways to do that, as they can be added to all sorts of recipes like smoothies, protein & energy balls, sauces and dressings.Having an imbalance of Omega 3s vs. Omega 6s in the body can cause inflammation, which is one of the root causes of many ailments, so helping to fix this ubiquitous health issue is arguably the most important of the many hemp seeds benefits.
- Complete Plant Protein
If you’re on a vegetarian diet you’re probably quite fed up of hearing your meat eating friends and family tell you that you aren’t getting enough protein. Well they might not listen, but you can rest assured that if you add hemp seeds to your diet you probably won’t have any issue with protein levels. They are one of the most dense plant proteins at 25%, as well as a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. So they work incredibly well as a base for a protein powder, which we sell at InnerOrigin.
- Healthy for the Heart
Another one of the many hemp seeds benefits is how healthy they are for your heart. This is due to their containing two powerful nutrients that combat heart disease; GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and the amino acid arginine. GLA can reduce inflammation, which is practically always present in people with heart disease, and arginine has been shown to lower blood pressure.
- They’re Good for Digestion
Hemp Seeds are chocked full of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which are both key for keeping a constant smooth digestive flow. They are technically not allowed to be sold as human foods in Australia in New Zealand, but they are a great addition to your pet’s diet as well. We recommend sprinkling them on top of their food. You can purchase them here.
- One of the Most Nutrient Dense Foods on the Planet
Getting all the nutrients you need in your diet isn’t always the easiest task, so choosing foods that are nutrient dense is important. Hemp Seeds are just completely jam packed with nutrients and have been considered a superfood for thousands of years, particularly in China, a country known for its ancient knowledge of health and the human body. Along with all the awesome components we’ve already mentioned, Hemp Seeds have tons of vitamins and minerals in them, such as Calcium, Iron, and a ton of B-Vitamins.And this list of hemp seeds benefits barely even begins to cover how many other health issues they can help with. So the basic gist is… eat them! Now i’ll share with you one easy way how you can add them to your diet.
Raw Hemp Balls Recipe
This recipe is quick to make, stores well, and is a great snack for any time of day.
- ¾ cup Honey (Ideally Raw)
- 2 cups Hemp Seeds
- 10 drops Banana Essence Medicine Flower Extract
- 2 cups of Fine Shredded Coconut
- 6 drops of Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Raw Cacao Powder
- Pinch of salt
- ½ to 1 cup of Melted Coconut Oil
- Melt the coconut oil and then measure
- Put everything into a food processor and blend until you get a nice consistency.
- Roll into balls that weigh about 40 grams each.
- Place in fridge to set
Other Loving Gift Recipes to Try below!
Super Smoothie Recipe
- 2 heaped tbsp Cacao Powder
- 1 heaped tsp Bee Pollen
- 1 small handful of Goji Berries
- 1 heaped tsp Maca Powder
- 1 heaped tsp of Chia seeds
- 1 heaped tbsp of Raw Honey or Agave Syrup
- 1 heaped tsp Camu Camu
- 1 tsp MSM
- 1 Banana
- Mix with water and blend – we usually add a banana but you can add mixed berries.
- Make sure you use Organic ingredients (when I first started drinking this I used to make nut milk, sometimes I used to use half milk half water but now always just good water).
- You can alternate these ingredients for nutrient variation:
- 1tsp Spirulina
- 1tsp Coconut Oil
- 1tsp Cats Claw
- 1tsp Lucuma
- 1tsp Nobal Powder
Raw Chocolate Mint Slice
- 1 cup Almonds
- 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Canned Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Raw Cashews (soaked overnight – or at least 2 hours)
- 1/3 cup Rice Malt Syrup (you can swap with raw honey or agave syrup)
- 10-15 drops of Peppermint Oil
- 1/2 tsp Matcha Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 3 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
- 1 tbsp Rice Malt Syrup (or natural sweetener of choice – as above)
- Line a 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inch) baking tray with baking paper, we like to use a silicone mould.
- In a food processor place all of the base ingredients.
- Whiz until a crunchy butter forms.
- Transfer this in to the lined tin and spread out evenly, covering the entire base.
- Place in to the freezer.
- Drain and rinse the cashews.
- Place all of the filling ingredients except the rice malt syrup in to the blender.
- Blend on medium speed until super smooth.
- Now add the rice malt syrup and blend on low speed until smooth. You do not want the filling to heat as the rice malt syrup will separate.
- Place the filling on top of the base and smooth out the top.
- Place back in to the freezer.
- Rinse the blender.
- Place all of the ingredients except the rice malt syrup in to your blender and blend on high until smooth.
- You don’t need to melt the coconut oil first as the friction from the blender will slowly melt it all together.
- Now add the rice malt syrup and blend on low speed until smooth.
- Spread the icing on top of the filling and place in to the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Once set, slice and ENJOY! Holy deliciousness!
Fermented Chocolate Chilli Slice
- 1 Cup of Almond Flour
- 2 Cups of Desiccated Coconut
- 1 Cup Ground Cacao Nibe
- 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
- 1/2 Cup Sultanas
- 1 Cup of Kim Chi Fermented vegetables (you can use any flavor but you will need to add cayenne pepper about 1/2 tsp
- 1/2 Cup of Sweeter of Choice Coconut Nectar/Honey/Agave
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
- Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
- In a food processor with the S Blade in add all your dry ingredients.
- Mix until blended well.
- Then add Fermented Vegetables
- Blend until all mixed in. It should be sticking together like a batter.
- Press into a lined 20 cm tin.
- Place into dehydrator for approx 2 hours. Take out of the tin then place back in the dryer for a further 8 hours. You can do less time. With the longer time it firms up very nice on the outside.
- Thanks and enjoy!