If getting healthy was on your new year’s resolution list, you’re not alone. In fact, getting healthy and staying fit were some of the most popular resolutions for 2017. How about adding some nutrient-rich hemp to your diet? To help you in your quest, here is a day’s worth of hemp recipes to get you started. All are vegetarian and should take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Enjoy!
Breakfast – Super Seed Choco Smoothie
Enjoy this super healthy breakfast in a glass, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber—courtesy of hemp and chia seeds. The chia helps keep the smoothie thick. For best results, they should be ground ahead of time in a coffee grinder or spice mill. This recipe makes about four smoothies.
- ¼ cup chia seeds ground
- 4 cups hemp milk (plain, vanilla, or chocolate – your choice)
- 1 large banana
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup (4 scoops) unflavored or vanilla hemp protein
- 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional for added flavor: 1 Tbs. cacao nibs, chocolate chips or finely ground espresso
- Optional: Sweeten with 1 Tbs. coconut sugar, cane sugar or honey
Grind chia seeds to a fine powder. Combine in blender with hemp milk, banana, hemp seeds, protein powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Blend until creamy. Add extra flavoring and sweetener to taste and blend to your desired consistency.
Lunch – Hemp Hummus Pita Pockets
This recipe serves two. Enjoy this tasty, healthy lunch with a friend!
- 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 3 Tbs. hemp seeds
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- ½ cup diced zucchini
- ½ diced tomato
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- 2 Tbs. chopped green onion
- ½ tsp. hemp or olive oil
- 1 whole wheat pita, halved
- ½ cup water
- Optional: Black pepper and/or turmeric
Bring ½ cup water, chickpeas and garlic to a boil in small saucepan. Cook 1 minute, remove from heat, and mash to a coarse consistency. Stir in hemp seeds and lemon juice; season with pepper and turmeric as desired. Allow the hummus mixture to cool. Then combine zucchini, tomato, parsley, green onion, and oil in small bowl; add additional pepper and turmeric if desired. Fill each pita pocket with half thenhummus mixture topped with half the veggie mix.
Dinner – Cheesy Hemp Tofu Tacos
Six can enjoy the cheesy flavor of these protein-rich tacos that results from blending nutritional yeast with hemp’s healthy fats.
- 1 14-oz. pkg. super firm tofu, drained
- 2 Tbs. tahini
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbs. coconut oil
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- 12 4 ½-inch organic corn tortillas, warmed
- 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- 3 limes, cut into wedges
- Hot sauce
- Optional for seasoning: Salt, pepper, cumin
Mash tofu into crumbles in a medium bowl. Stir in tahini, nutritional yeast, and onion powder; season as desired. Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add tofu mixture and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat, add hemp seeds to pan, and mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl. Make it a fun buffet and allow guests to assemble their own tacos by also placing green onions, tomato, cilantro, lime wedges, and hot sauce in separate bowls for individual assembly.
All recipes adapted from Vegetarian Times.