Cultivated for millennia throughout large swaths of the planet, hemp is an incredibly resilient and versatile plant. It’s been used to create textiles, building materials, bio-plastics and auto parts – and loads of tasty food offerings.
Hemp, not to be confused with marijuana, is a non-psychoactive cousin to the plant. Rich in protein, omega-fatty acids and fiber, hemp is an excellent plant-based protein for vegetarians, vegans, people with food sensitivities and anyone who enjoys good nutritious food.
Hilary’s Hemp & Greens Burger
Made with hemp, greens and thyme, this delicious burger is filled with nutrient-rich products that won’t make you feel an ounce of guilt for indulging your burger jones. The folks at Hilary’s are looking to help heal the American diet by creating foods for people who “seek tasty, nourishing cuisine.” They’ve covered all their bases, too – being non-GMO, free of corn, dairy, gluten, egg, nut and soy, rated USDA certified organic, kosher and vegan.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
These scrumptious hemp hearts have a lite, nutty taste similar to pine nuts and are a great addition to any salad, cereal, yogurt or smoothie. Containing 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas, they are an excellent energy booster. They’re also great to munch straight out of the bag like shelled sunflower seeds.
Nutiva Hemp Oil
Looking for a healthy, cold-pressed oil alternative to sprinkle over salads, vegetables and pastas? Look no further – this Nutiva Hemp Oil contains a nutritious blend of super Omega-3 and super Omega-6, which helps the body metabolize fat. It has a consistency and taste like olive oil with a rich nutty essence that can bring out the flavors of a host of dishes.
Pacific Natural Foods Hemp Milk
More nutty than its soy cousin, this hemp milk is great in cereals and thick enough to fatten up pancakes. Hemp milk is a good choice for those looking to eliminate dairy from their diet.
Tempt Hemp Tofu
Let’s get off the soy-kick kids – hemp tofu is great alternative for stir-frys and makes our meatless Monday’s magnificent. This tofu is crumblier than regular tofu, but works well as a substitute for a ricotta in pasta-based dishes. For those who make healthy eating a more than once-a-week affair, this hemp tofu can also replace the meat on taco Tuesdays.
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