Hemp boosts your overall morning nutrition by providing you with essential fatty acids, iron, fiber, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Hemp-laced oatmeal makes a quality post-workout meal to provide a combination of protein for muscle repair and carbohydrates for glycogen, or energy, restoration. One scoop of hemp protein adds about 10 grams of protein to the oats.
Oats are some of the healthiest grains available. They provide health benefits like weight loss, lower blood sugar, and even reduce the risk of heart disease. Having a balanced nutrient composition, oats are high in fiber and carbs, and are loaded with many important vitamins and minerals. Only half a cup of oats contains 51 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of fiber, with only 303 calories! This makes oats a super nutrient-dense food, providing you with a good ratio of nutrition to calories. In addition, oats are rich in antioxidants, can lower cholesterol levels, and lowers blood sugar. To add on to all of that, oats are very satiating and don’t require a lot to make you feel full.
Chia seeds are known for their abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great alternative from fish oil for vegans. These tiny seeds actually have more of the beneficial fats than salmon. The omega fatty acids can improve your heart health and cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in losing weight. The gel that is formed around the seed with the help of water has no calories and makes you feel more full.
Flaxseeds contains lignans, which are chemical compounds that carry antioxidants and enzymes that have many benefits. Flax is also a good source of a type of soluble fiber that helps maintain ideal cholesterol levels. It provides Omega-6 fatty acids and many essential minerals.
Ground flaxseeds can be added to oatmeal, baked goods, smoothies, cereal, and more. Like chia seeds, when immersed in liquid, ground flax seeds form a gel, and make a great egg substitute. To replace one egg, combine 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons water. Stir together and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes, or until thick and gelatinous.
This recipe for High Protein Hemp Oatmeal is a dairy-free protein-packed breakfast dish that comes together quickly on a busy morning. With 14 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber per serving it’s a delicious morning meal that will keep you full for hours.
- 2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
- 1 cup raw, shelled hemp seeds
- 2 T chia seeds
- 2 T flaxseed meal
- 4 T raw honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 cup strawberries (or berries of choice), sliced
- ¼ cup almonds or walnuts
- Pinch of salt
- Combine the almond milk, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seed meal, honey, and salt in a pot.
- Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low. Let the oatmeal simmer until it thickens (approximately 4 minutes), making sure to stir constantly to prevent the mix from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Divide the hemp seed oatmeal evenly into two bowls and then top with sliced strawberries and almonds.