Hemp Seeds

April 29, 2021

Hemp Seeds

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Nia Rennix

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Hemp is the common name used for a wide variety of plants from the Cannabis family. Yes, it comes from the same controversial plant that produces marijuana. However, hemp seeds are the seeds or nuts of the hemp plant and unlike the leaves, they contain trace amounts of the psychotropic chemical THC. The hemp seeds are actually rich in a number of essential nutrients and are completely safe and obviously, legal for human consumption.

Hemp is actually a very resilient plant that grows across the world and does not require much care. The seeds are edible and can be used in different ways. If you are worried about eating hemp seeds due to their close relation with marijuana then read on to find out the health benefits of hemp seeds.

  1. Helps in better digestion

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and they contain both soluble and insoluble forms of fiber. Insoluble fiber acts as roughage and prevents diarrhea and constipation. Soluble fiber slows down glucose absorption and stimulates the production of gastric juices, bile juices, and other digestive juices. Overall, your digestive health will improve a lot if you make hemp seeds a part of your diet.

2. Alleviates stress and anemia

Hemp seeds are an important plant-based source for the mineral iron. Iron is essential for healthy formation of red blood cells and thus consuming hemp seeds can act as a deterrent to anemia. Anemia itself is a disease that often creates symptoms like headaches, fatigue, body pain, etc. Iron also helps you to combat symptoms of stress and anxiety.

3. Repairs and maintains heart health

Hemps seeds have the proper balance between cholesterol or fatty acids which is essential for a healthy heart. Also, the high fiber content helps in scraping off fatty deposits from the arteries, keeping you in better shape.

However, the most important constituent of hemp seeds with respect to heart health is GLA or gamma-linoleic acid. It is a very rare form of omega 6 fatty acid that is obtained from a natural source. It actively brings down cholesterol levels and improves cardiovascular conditions.

4. Gives you better sleep

Hemp seeds are rich in several minerals including magnesium which creates a very soothing effect on your body, helping you to fall asleep. Magnesium can have an effect on enzymes and hormones in your body that triggers proper sleep for you. Also, magnesium leads to production of serotonin which goes to the brain to turn into melatonin. Melatonin is the most powerful agent to fight against insomnia. Having hemp seeds regularly would thus ensure a better night’s sleep for you.

5. Fights against arthritis and osteoporosis

Hemp seeds are a natural plant-based source of calcium and they would help you to have stronger bones. This, in turn, will prevent painful conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis.

6. Develops muscle mass

Hemp seeds contain 21 amino acids including the 8 essential amino acids that the human body cannot manufacture. Thus, it is often called the complete plant-based protein. It helps to develop muscle mass and boosts muscle strength. You can expect to lose weight faster and to developed a well-toned body if you eat hemp seeds regularly.

7. Boosts Immune System

Due to the presence of various nutrients, vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds, fiber, and other compounds, consuming hemp seeds strengthens your immune system and helps you to guard yourself against several diseases.

8. Prevents Hypertension

Hemp seeds contain a special protein called hydrolysate which lowers the blood pressure and helps to prevent hypertension.

9. Prevents hormonal diseases

Hemp seeds help to regulate the hormonal balance in your body. It is a hormone regulator for thyroid and pancreas and thus helps you to stay in good health. It also helps to fight against menopausal symptoms like depression, anxiety, mood swings, etc.

9. Fights against alcoholism

The non-psychoactive component of hemp seeds helps to curb alcoholism and drug addiction.

Hemp seeds are thus considered to be a superfood, containing an array of nutrients and essential components. They do not have any mind-altering effects and gives you robust health. Make it a part of your diet and you can be sure to embrace a fitter version of yourself.

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The Keto diet is one of the best available options if you’re trying to lose weight safely and quickly. This diet allows you to eat delicious meats, healthy fats, and vegetables—all targeted to help you burn the extra fat on your body by putting you into ketosis! Fascinating, right? To understand how the Keto Diet works, you need to learn about macros responsible for fueling our body.

Macros refer to three essential nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids (fats). These are considered the three essential macronutrients that we consume to get energy. Usually, a typical meal consists of 60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 20% fat or lipid.

The Keto Diet suggests that you reduce carbohydrates and make your diet heavier in protein and fats. When you decide to go on a Keto Diet, your meals generally consist of 65% fat, 30% protein, and 5% carbohydrate. If the body gets less than 20 grams of carbohydrate each day, it goes into ketosis, a metabolic process that burns stored fat to produce ketone bodies that supply the energy required to run your body. Thus, if you plan your meals meticulously and keep the carbohydrate consumption extremely low, you can expect to lose weight quickly.

Here is a 3-Day Keto-Compliant Meal Plan

The upside of this diet is that the meals are not bland and are reasonably easy to prepare.

Keto Diet Day 1

Breakfast: Keto Pancakes and Stir-fried Broccoli

Break two eggs in a bowl and add 1/2 tablespoon of almond flour. Next, throw in 2 ounces of cream cheese and a pinch of salt to taste. Whisk the mixture until you get a smooth combination of pouring consistency. Heat butter in a pan and fry the pancakes one by one.

Cut a small head of broccoli into florets and wash them under running water—heat olive oil in a pan and throw in some chopped garlic. Once you get a pleasant aroma, add the broccoli florets and stir fry them for a minute or two. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt, and your breakfast is ready.

Note: If you prefer your pancakes a little sweeter, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla instead of salt in the pancake mixture and pair the cooked pancakes with fresh strawberries.

Snack: Assorted Nuts

You can have a handful of mixed nuts to prevent sudden hunger pains. Almondscashews, and pistachios are all keto-compliant nuts. You can dry roast them lightly to enhance the taste.

Lunch: Stir-fried Chicken and Veggies

Add one pound of minced chicken breast to heated oil in a pan. Chop some cabbages, peppers, and tomatoes and add them after 5 minutes. Keep tossing and add ginger and garlic paste after five more minutes. Turn off the heat and shred a little bit of cheese on top of the mixture. 

Dinner: Broccoli-Mushroom Salad with Diced Chicken

Cut one small broccoli and some button mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Dice a quarter pound of chicken breast into cubes. Heat olive oil in a wok and toss in the chicken slices first. Once they are lightly fried, neatly move them to a bowl and add a dollop of butter to the pan. Cook the broccoli and the mushrooms for 1 minute and then add the cooked chicken. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic and toss for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle oregano generously. Your dinner is ready.

Keto Diet Day 2

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, and Grilled Brussel Sprouts

Break two large eggs, add a bit of salt and pepper. Whisk into a smooth solution. Chop half an onion and one tomato into small pieces and add them to the eggs. Heat a little butter in a pan, pour in the egg mixture and scramble with a spatula. When the eggs are half done, you can shred in some cheese for extra taste.

Grill two slices of turkey bacon.

Arrange some Brussels sprouts on a skewer and coat them with chopped garlic, crushed ginger, and olive oil. Grill each side for 5 minutes to a light golden color. Now, your delicious breakfast is ready!

Snack: Veggie Sticks Dipped in Peanut Butter

Cut carrots and celery into 3-inch sticks. Dip them in peanut butter for a quick and tasty snack.

Lunch: Collard Shrimp Wrap

Take a giant collard leaf and blanch it in salted water for 30 seconds. Coat 1 pound of shrimp with sea salt and pepper. Cut one tomato and one green bell pepper into small cubes. Heat oil and toss the tomatoes and the bell peppers first. After a minute, add the shrimp and toss everything for 1 minute. Add one spoonful of butter and some chopped garlic cloves and cook for another minute. Turn off the flame, and your filling is ready. Place it neatly within the collard, leave and roll it into a nice, savory wrap.

Dinner: Pork Chops

Sear bone-in pork chops on both sides for around 4 minutes in heated olive oil. Take butter in a bowl and mix it with rosemary and chopped garlic. Place the chops on a baking tray brushed with butter mixture and cook for 12-15 minutes at 375°F. Once done, drizzle more butter on the chops and enjoy your dinner.

Keto Diet Day 3

Breakfast: Fruit Smoothie and Smoked Sausages

If you prefer a predominantly sweet breakfast, you can go for a fruit smoothie that tastes excellent, filling, and has few carbohydrates. Add frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries in a blender. Add almond or coconut milk to get a rich and creamy taste. Blend them. You can sprinkle some bits of almond and grated coconut on top to enhance the flavor.

Have two turkey sausages on the side for an even more satisfying breakfast.

Snack: Egg Muffins (Makes two servings)

Crack and whisk one egg. Add 3-5 chopped mushrooms to it. Crush a clove of garlic and add a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Mix well and pour into two muffin molds. You can add cheese or tomatoes as well for variety.

Lunch: Classic Egg Salad With A Twist

Take two hard-boiled eggs and crush them to form bite-sized pieces. Dice onion and avocado into small pieces. Next, wash a handful of cherry tomatoes. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. You can squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it, and your egg salad will be ready to eat.

Or, you can prepare a proper dressing by mixing two tablespoons of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and a dash of olive oil. Gradually, fold the sauce into the egg mixture and end by sprinkling a little bit of kosher salt.

Dinner: Meatballs and Side Salad

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So, take a deep breath and jump onto the Keto bandwagon. Starting is the hard part. Once you get started, the journey is smooth sailing! And, the weight loss and extra energy are fantastic!

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