After the 21-Day Clean Program some of us may find we feel best avoiding dairy products, like cow's milk. Many find dairy difficult to digest, and consuming it can lead to inflammation, acne, and bloating. This hemp milk recipe is creamy, nutty, and full of health benefits, making it one of our favorite choices for a dairy replacement. Finding alternatives to milk is easy in most grocery stores, but this hemp milk recipe is so simple and healthy to make at home.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant protein, with just three tablespoons measuring in at 10 grams. Whether you are vegetarian or a meat eater, sprinkling these seeds over a salad, adding them to a shake, or of course a hemp milk recipe is a great way to add protein to your meals.
Add Hemp for a Dose of Magnesium
Hemp seeds are high in many vitamins and mineral and in particular magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral with a seemingly endless list of benefits. It is useful for calming the nervous system and maintaining a relaxed state of mind, which in turn assists in better sleep. Magnesium also helps us maintain healthy blood sugar levels so you'll be less likely to experience energy crashes during the day. Many people and women, in particular, are low in magnesium and hemp seeds are a great way to supplement.
A Rare Source of GLA
Hemp contains an omega-6 called GLA (short for gamma-linoleic acid), which is very hard to find in food sources. GLA is crucial for a healthy metabolism. If weight loss or fat-burning is one of your goals adding sources of GLA is a good idea. Unlike most Omega-6 fatty acids, GLA also has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to containing this healthy Omega-6, hemp also has plenty of Omega-3s. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, and most of us have diets too rich in Omega 6s, and low in Omega-3s. Hemp contains a healthy ratio of the two, so you can sip away without concern. The Omega-3 content also helps the body break down excessive cholesterol in the system, helping to prevent heart disease.
Help Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer's
Unsaturated fats have been linked to reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimers. Those with diets rich in the omega-3s found in hemp seeds are less likely to experience either disease. In addition to the Omega-3 content in hemp, they also contain an Omega-6 called y-linolenic acid which has been shown to lower the risk for Alzheimers, as well as certain cancers and cardiovascular disease.
Makes four cups
1 cup hemp seeds
4 cups filtered water
2-3 Medjool dates, pitted (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
Pour hemp seeds and water into the blender. Blend on high for 60-90 seconds.
Place nut bag, cheese cloth, or fine mesh strainer over large bowl or pitcher. Pour blender contents into the bag and let liquid fully drain (you can squeeze the bag to encourage all of the liquid to drain).
Pour liquid back into blender with salt, dates, and vanilla, if using. Blend for 30-60 additional seconds, until fully combined. Pour liquid into a sealable jar or pitcher and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy this easy hemp milk recipe!
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble.