These tiny seeds come from the high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant, but don’t be alarmed, they don’t contain the active THC compound found in marijuana!
They are rich in nutrients and are very versatile.
They contain the following:
- protein with a wide range of amino acids – aids feelings of satiety and provides the building blocks for muscles. Because they contain all the amino acids, they are a great source of protein for vegans and vegetarians
- magnesium – linked to a positive effect on migraines, blood pressure, osteoporosis and PMS
- iron – helps fight fatigue and keeps immune systems strong
- fibre – linked to feelings of satiety and a healthy digestive system
- omega fatty acids in the optimal ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 (the only plant source along with chia seeds that have this combination)
- vitamin E – acts as an antioxidant
To keep them fresh, buy small quantities and store them in an airtight container in the fridge and try using them this summer:
- Mix with linseeds, sesame seeds, goji berries and sunflower seeds for a go-to mix that can be sprinkled over your breakfast, over a salad or added to wraps
- Add them to seeds bars, nut bars or trail mixes
- Mix into cooked and cooled quinoa or couscous
- Add to juices or smoothies
- Use them to up the health factor on a treat either as is or as hemp milk. Try dipping apple slices into dark, raw chocolate and then into a mixture of calcium-containing almond nibbles, hemp seeds and chia seeds. Allow to cool in the fridge until the chocolate has set
The Nature’s Protein smoothie, made with pea protein, hemp seeds, spirulina blend, banana, pineapple, coconut milk, coconut water and honey is part of the new and improved KAUAI menu – take a look at the changes and updates at www.kauai.co.za