The enthusiasm of edible-hemp lovers is hard to match, which makes sense in light of hemp’s dazzling nutritional profile.
Not only do hemp plants grow like weeds, making them a highly renewable food resource, the seeds provide an easy way to get your EFAs with an optimal 3-to-1 ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. They’re also high in fiber, protein, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamin E, which promote everything from intestinal health to stable blood sugar and healthy skin. If you’re at all concerned about the plant’s reputation, extensive tests have shown that, much like poppy seeds and opium, the effects of food-grade hemp have absolutely nothing in common with those of its wilder botanical cousin. Living Harvest Hempmilk is sweet, nutty and just a little creamier than other nondairy beverages — great on its own or on cereal, and pretty much guaranteed to pass the kid taste test. About $5 a carton at your local natural grocery, or order by the case at www.livingharvest.com, where you can also learn about their hemp seeds and protein powders.