It’s no secret that hulled hemp seeds are renowned for being one of the most nutritionally complete foods we could eat. They have a perfect balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, better known as Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), required by our bodies for optimum health. EFAs are known to strengthen almost every system in the body, from our immune system to nourishing the skin, brain and therefore becomes an important source of nutrients for our children.
One of the more difficult nutrients to get him to eat is protein. The general macros of the right types of carbohydrates and the right fat is easy, but a solid and clean source of protein is proving difficult. Along with ensuring he gets the right micro nutrients too is vitally important. Chicken, beef, eggs, milk protein (although we’re weaning him off the milk now he’s almost 2) and the usual suspects are not working.
Then we discovered hemp seeds! Now this is an amazing natural food source of protein…….but what’s even better, it’s not just for him. I’m reaping the benefits of adding hemp to so many meals, juices and dried nut bars. For this blog lets focus just on the protein value where hemp seeds have up to 30% protein compared with the wider known sources of chicken which has approx 25%, beef around 14% and eggs 13%. Adding just 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your day can deliver up to 11 grams of protein. As a father wanting to set an example for my (almost) 2 year old son, my wife and I are constantly looking for new recipes and foods to try, to give him every chance to develop the best way we feel is best for him.
Strangely enough in Australia consuming hemp seeds is still illegal because of it’s reference to marijuana although they are cultivated differently and completely different. Hemp seeds do not induce a psychoactive effect. Australia is one of the last western countries to legalise hemp seeds consumption! So if you are reading this form Australia, be sure not to consume hemp seeds, but keep a note if you travel overseas and looking for a healthy food source.
A quick take away snack is to mix equal parts hemp seeds, chia seeds, strawberries and raisins with some water and let it sit for a few minutes until the chia turns to a jelly like texture………kids love it! So here are just 5 reasons why you should include adding hulled hemp seeds to your child’s dietary intake
- one of the highest and most complete sources of natural protein. If you’re living a vegan lifestyle then it probably doesn’t get much better than this
- high source of fiber
- contains all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot naturally produce
- a great source of zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron
- higher source of fatty acid (Omega-3 & 6) than flax or any other seed oil
There will come a day when he will make his own decisions as to what goes into his body and many of those times I cannot control. But what I can do is start him on a path of nutritional greatness……then it’s all up to him and by then…..hopefully hemp seeds will be legal to consume in it’s natural source in this country.
- Reasons to use Hemp Seeds in your juice (calijuiceclub.wordpress.com)
- Benefits of Hemp Seed (southweb.org)
- SUPERFOODS Series: Hemp Seeds (bloguvib.wordpress.com)
- Australian farmers benefit from Hemp (eco-business.com)