Have you tried hemp yet? You’ve probably seen these happy little seeds popping up on your Instagram feed recently as they have just been given the green light for human consumption in Australia ie we can buy them at the shops and add them to all of our delicious treats like muffins, raw balls, avocado toast ….. the list is endless. Now, to answer your burning question no you won’t get high. Although hemp is from the same family as smokable hemp it only contains a teeny tiny amount (0.3%) of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive compound that gives you the high. They are, however, packed full of body-loving nutrients that will leave you feeling full and nourished.
Hemp is available in many edible forms all derived from the seeds of the plant commonly referred to as “hemp hearts”. The dried ground seeds are sold as hemp protein and you can also buy hemp oil or butter and even hemp milk. Hemp is a great allrounder to add to your diet, especially if your vegan or vegetarian. It is high in plant-based protein, essential fatty acids, iron and fibre. The nutrients found in hemp are highly digestible and easily absorbed by the body, perfect for post work out recovery.
My favourite and also the easiest way to enjoy hemp is added to a smoothie. This particular smoothie is one I love to have after a work out as its packed full of protein, around 12g per smoothie, just from the hemp. The hemp makes this smoothie super creamy and when combined with the rich chocolatey cacao it tastes so decadent you’ll think you’re having dessert!
Chocolate & Hemp Protein Smoothie
600ml of coconut water or plant milk
4 tablespoons of hemp seeds
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
3 tablespoons of cacao powder
1 teaspoon of cacao nibs
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
To make the chocolate sauce melt the coconut oil and combine with 1 tablespoon of cacao powder.
to make the smoothie blend all the ingredients apart from the cacao nibs together until smooth.
To serve drizzle the chocolate sauce down the inside of your glasses, pour in the smoothie then top with cacao nibs, hemp seeds and chocolate sauce.