Six Hemp-Happy Foods You Can Munch On
By KELLY PLOWE, M.S., RD, CSSD
Hemp salad, hemp cereal and hemp yogurt? Yes! These days, edible hemp products are all the rage, and while legalizing marijuana is a controversial topic, hemp-based foods are something you can feel good about.
Hemp comes from a variety of the cannabis plant, but the only high these seeds will give you is a nutritional one. Hemp is one of the richest plant sources of protein -- it's considered a complete protein -- and it's also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
This cannabis plant derivative is also a source of fiber, iron, potassium and zinc. Commonly found in oil, seed or powder form, hemp is making its way into the mainstream market by way of nut butters, cereals, salad dressings and even yogurt.
Here are six hemp-based products to try:
1. EVO HEMP BARS
Raw. Gluten-free. Vegan. Paleo. Organic. These little bars have it covered. Evo Hemp bars are similar to other fruit-and-nut bars: They're made with whole-food ingredients that you can actually pronounce, such as dates, almond, raisins and cherries, but they differ in that they offer a little more oomph from protein -- seven grams to be exact, and eight grams in the pineapple almond bar. The protein goodness comes from (you guessed it) hemp seeds.
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2. DAILY GREENS HEMP MILK
With ingredients like cocoa, Madagascar vanilla and wheatgrass, and names like Enlighten, Replenish and Symmetry, Daily Greens Hemp Milk is a tasty addition you'll want to add to your diet. These plant-based protein drinks are infused with greens, so you're sipping on the best of both worlds. Organic and cold-pressed, these drinkables range from 220 to 260 calories and seven to nine grams of protein per serving.
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3. READY PAC BISTRO BOWL
Finding ready-to-eat meals at the grocery store that won't break the bank or bust your waistline are far and few between. Enter Ready Pac's Jamaican Style Jerk Hemp Seed Salad at just 160 calories per bowl. The convenient meal or snack option includes hemp seeds, chopped romaine lettuce, red cabbage, shredded carrots, black beans, diced chicken, red rice and a Jamaican jerk with hemp dressing.
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4. YUMBUTTER NUT BUTTERS
This is the epitome of getting your bang for you buck: Pairing everyday peanut butter with chia seeds, hemp seeds and goji berries takes PB to the superfood level. Oh, and they do the same thing with almond and sunflower seed butter too. A two-tablespoon serving offers up seven grams of protein and two grams of fiber. They are lightly sweetened with coconut palm sugar.
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5. PEACE CEREAL MAPLE BUCKWHEAT HEMP
Made with organic whole buckwheat, hemp seeds and maple syrup, this cereal touts four grams of fiber, seven grams of protein and only six grams of sugar per serving. When it comes to breakfast cereal (or any meal for that matter), it's important to get your fill of fiber and protein because these nutrients help to keep you full, which means you should eat less and lose weight.
6. TEMPT HEMP YOGURT
You may have seen the Tempt milk alternatives on store shelves -- they come in coconut and hemp -- but this shout-out goes to their hemp yogurt! Available in four delicious flavors (original, blueberry, strawberry and raspberry), these Greek-style yogurts, like others, pack in probiotics, but they're also a source of omega-3 fatty acids and GMO-free.
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Kelly Plowe, M.S., RD, CSSD is a nutritionist and food and health communications specialist. As a registered dietitian and certified sports dietitian, Kelly helps consumers put health and nutrition research into practice. She believes diet is at the center of a healthy and fulfilling life and is dedicated to helping others be their best. Kelly lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their bulldog, Sunny. She is an avid runner, weight lifter and CrossFit enthusiast. Living in SoCal, Kelly spends most of her free time cooking, eating out with friends and going to music concerts. Follow Kelly on Instagram.