When it is thought about substitutes of milk, first choice is rice, soy or almond milk. Indeed, these dairy substitutes are all extremely popular with vegetarians, vegans, and those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to traditional cow’s milk or its products. However, these are not the only substitutes that people can consider. Although it is not as well-known in the United States, hemp milk and other edible hemp products continue to attract a greater gathering. The hemp milk benefits are attracting more and more attention.
This is most because people are becoming aware that hemp milk does NOT contain THC’s, active compounds in the marijuana plant which can produce the effect of getting “high”.
Although hemp is still illegal to grow on the farms in America, the seeds from it can be bought legally from Canada or Europe and these are showing up in more and more health food stores across the country. The hemp milk benefits for the health and a recipe for its home preparation are described below.
What’s in a Glass of Hemp Milk?
There is a reason why so many health nuts are going – well, nutty – over hemp milk. The numerous healthful compounds and nutrients in just one glass are amazing. This dairy alternative will provide the body with:
Vitamins like Vitamin A, E, B-12, folate and riboflavin. Minerals like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and zinc. All 10 essential amino acids. Protein (4 grams per serving) Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
Being this nutrient-rich, it is no wonder that hemp milk provides so many health benefits as well! Because of these nutrients, hemp milk is helpful developing glowing skin, strengthening the body’s immune system, developing strong and healthy hair and nails, having sharper cognitive skills, having a healthy heart, improving learning and memory.
Homemade Recipe for Hemp Milk
- 1 cup shelled organic hemp seeds
- 5-6 cups purified water
- Raw organic honey to taste
Add shelled seeds and the water to a blender and process together until smooth. The amount of water can be variable, less or more can be added, that depends on the texture that is desired: if more water is used the drink will be lighter, and if less is used it will gain creamier and smoother taste. After this is done, add the honey to taste and process again. Decant into a pitcher and refrigerate. This will keep up to 3 days.
Vegans and vegetarians as well as people intolerant or allergic to dairy products, by using hemp milk can avoid traditional cow’s milk while still enjoying the rich, creamy taste of “dairy” products. The great variety of nutrients it has and the health benefits it brings make sampling this dairy alternative well worth the effort.