Hemp Milk for a Healthy Lifestyle
Hemp seed has become popular in recent years, available widely in health food stores. This non-THC containing variety of seed has become popular because it is a source of vegetarian, non-dairy and non-tree nut omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. It has a number of other good vitamins and minerals to compound its appeal, including all 10 essential amino acids, a whopping dose of calcium and phosphorous. It also has iron, vitamins A, E, and D, and a sampling of B vitamins.
Many hemp milk brands are shelf stable in the packaging, requiring refrigeration . Similar to almond, soy, and rice milks, it is available in plain, vanilla, and chocolate flavors, and is useable in similar ways as these and cow's milk.
Hemp milk can be purchased in a carton, or it can easily be made at home. For every 1 cup of shelled hemp seed, use 5-6 cups water, depending on the consistency that is desired. Put seeds and water into a blender, and blend it for a few minutes, until it is smooth. High powered blenders do a better job of this, but an ordinary blender will work, too. If the particles are not desirable, strain through cheesecloth or flour sack towel. Hemp milk can be sweetened with cane sugar, agave nectar, honey, or the desired sweetener, or left plain. Cocoa can be added as well.
Hemp milk can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 days in a sealed glass container and can be used in cooking, baking, and ice cream making. The seed paste can be used as a body scrub, or can be composted. Hemp seed is a versatile ingredient as well, so much so that there are cookbooks devoted to their use.
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