After trying the whole paleo thing for about 2 weeks, I realized how hard it is to do! I know, 2 weeks is not even very long and I really wanted to stick with it, but I just couldn’t do it. I felt like I was so focused on trying to have protein all the time and it was stressing me out. Also, being someone who doesn’t particularly like eating meat all the time, it felt forced and I just wasn’t enjoying it. So I have decided to allow grains back into my diet, although I did notice I feel better not having grains very often, so I am making a conscious decision to avoid having them all the time. I find that when I do have grains, breakfast or lunch are better times for me and then having a grainless dinner is best. In the morning, I like a hearty breakfast such as this hemp oatmeal, especially in the colder months. As much as I love my smoothies, sometimes, all I want is a bowl of warm stovetop oats. It gives me all the feels!
Along with the hearty oats, I also like to amp up my oatmeal with more superfoods like chia seeds and hemp hearts. Hemp is a staple item in my pantry (actually I keep it in the fridge) but you know what I mean and I can’t believe I have never written about them before on here. Weekly, I make my own hemp milk because honestly it is the easiest milk to make as it doesn’t require any soaking or straining. Often times, I will throw in some brazil nuts for added beauty benefits (thank you selenium!) and I still don’t strain them, although soaking beforehand is required. So if I remember to do it the night before, I soak a few brazil nuts to go along with the hemp. I will include my recipe for hemp milk so you can make it as well. It is so much better than buying store bought and for this reason, I don’t buy any store bought dairy free milks anymore.
Hemp is dope (hehe):
Sometimes when I am talking to people outside the nutrition bubble, I tell them I use hemp all the time and that I make my own milk with it. Then I get strange looks and asked, “does that make you high?” and the answer of course is no, hemp is not the same thing as smoking marijuana.
So what is hemp and why is it one of my all-time favourite superfoods?
Hemp is a species of Cannibis sativa but is not the same as marijuana as it contains less than 0.003 THC (the compound in marijuana that causes the drug-like effects).
Here are some of the amazing benefits associated with including hemp in your diet:
- Hemp is rich in protein and omegas: Hemp contains all of the essential amino acids. They are considered essential, because our bodies cannot make them, hence they are essential to get it from other sources. In fact, 25% of their total calories come from high quality protein. They also contain over 30% fat from omega 3 and omega 6 and contain GLA’s (gamma-linolenic acid) which has been linked to numerous health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, helping with inflammation, better skin and hair health, balancing hormones and general heart health. Bottom line: hemp is a great plant based source of protein and good fat which is essential for optimal health.
- Hemp can help with your hormones: The GLA found in hemp produces prostaglandin E1 which reduces the effects of the hormone prolactin. Prolactin is thought to play a role in the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS. Hemp may also reduce the symptoms of menopause.
- Hemp can help with your skin health: Due to the fat contained in hemp this can help with a variety of skin conditions like eczema as this is commonly linked to a deficiency of good quality essential fatty acids. It may also help relieve those with dry and itchy skin as well as those with dermatitis.
In this recipe, I like combining hemp with chia seeds and oats for a well balanced, fibre rich and protein packed breakfast. This is one of those meals that will surely keep you feeling full all morning and you have all the benefits of including hemp in your diet.
I use this brand exclusively when buying hemp and if you can find a big bag of it at Costco it is definitely more economical, or of course you can buy from Amazon as well. This stuff lasts quite a while, but keep the opened bag in your fridge to ensure it doesn’t go rancid. If you are like me and make your own hemp milk every week, it won’t last quite as long 😉
- ½ cup oats
- 3 tbsp. hemp
- 1 ½ tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 ½ cups milk
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- extra nuts and/or seeds
- pinch of cinnamon
- sprinkle of raw cacao (sifted)
- Add all of the oatmeal ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, pour into two bowls and serve with additional toppings.
- 1 cup hemp hearts
- 5 cups filtered water
- 2-3 medjool dates (optional, but I like the sweetness)
- 1-2 tbsp maca powder (optional)
- 6 brazil nuts soaked overnight (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients into your high powered blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a large glass mason jar and store in the fridge.
- This will keep in the fridge for about 1 week.
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