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What You Should Know About Eating Hemp Seeds

Fact: Hemp seeds are delicious.

If you’ve hesitated to add hemp seeds to your shopping cart, you’ve probably wondered something like this: Are hemp seeds worth the price? What will I eat them with? And will I, uh, become impaired if I eat too many? If you’re at all skeptical of hemp seeds, this one’s for you.

What is hemp seed?

Hemp seeds (aka hemp hearts) have become a popular health food for their protein, fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and other nutrients.

These seeds come from the hemp plant. Hemp plants and marijuana plants hail from the same species, Cannabis sativa L. Hemp seeds, however, won’t get you high. And you won’t fail a drug test after eating them.

It’s true that hemp plants contain low levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. But we’re talking just 0.03 percent. In fact, in 2018, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) ruled that hemp doesn’t fit the definition of marijuana. Not to mention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates hemp products. So, yes, hemp seeds are totally legal and safe to eat.

What do hemp seeds taste like?

Hemp seeds taste similar to sunflower seeds, somewhat like pine nuts, and a little like walnuts, too.

What are hemp seeds used for?

Hemp seeds enhance savory and sweet dishes alike. Mix them into Lemony Cabbage-Avocado Slaw or a kale and apple salad for extra crunch. Blend them into hummus to play up its nutty flavor. Turn them into pesto. Sub them for bulgur wheat in tabouleh. Sprinkle them over oatmeal and chocolatey chia pudding, or bake them into chocolate chip protein bars. You can also turn them into homemade hemp milk.

Fact: Hemp seeds are delicious.

I Swapped My Usual Snack for Hemp Seeds—Here’s How to Eat Them in 15 Ways

Jamie McKillop

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How to eat hemp seeds? We asked Well+Good readers on Instagram. And many weighed in with super smart ideas and recipes. Here are 15 easy ways they get down with hemp seeds. So you can, too.

Keep reading for 15 ideas for how to eat hemp seeds.

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Well+Good readers share their favorite ways to cook and eat hemp seeds

Severing: On top of salads, or in my vinaigrettes. In my chia seed spread for sandwiches. Smoothies.

Beingtricia: I always have them on hand. Great to add to anything. Salads. Smoothies. Avocado. Veggies. Easy to make hemp milk too.

Feelmyspinee: With pasta sauce! They add some nuttiness to the dish. Very yum.

Nephriticus: On top of salad, rice, smoothies. Mum is obsessed with the crunch.

Kpaide: In yogurt and smoothies. Great stuff. Keep in fridge.

Tismejenny: I make hemp milk and add it raw to smoothies and the like. Love this brand in particular.

Wellnesstwin_marcella: Add it to my cauliflower for mock mashed potato. Salad dressing with garlic, olive oil, lemon, honey. Add it to my smoothies and oatmeal in the morning. Or to homemade granola.

Hungryrunner: I’ve been topping my oatmeal with them. I love @wellnesstwin_marcella’s idea for the cauliflower mashed potato add-in too!

Fernolivia: For an easy lunch, I sprinkle extra virgin olive oil over greens and top with hemp hearts. I take them with me in my bag everywhere, along with Himalayan sea salt. No joke. I am known to order a simple salad at the bar (because it is the only healthy, plant-based option) and ask for avocado if they have it, and I get all my proteins and minerals with my carry-on toppings! It’s an absolute staple of mine!

Mandyvelahuff: I use them in my chia seed pudding. So super power, delicious!

Jartumbler: ‏So good in smoothies! Yum. And sprinkled on protein pancakes just before flipping to the second side.

PamelayLong: Add them to quinoa flakes or oatmeal, I also sprinkle on almond or coconut yogurt for a yummy and nutritious snack.

MarissaVicario: Just sprinkle on salads and in smoothies no cooking necessary.

Emmyparr: I have hemp hearts in my refrigerator right now! They are great in a kale salad, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil/lemon. Simple is good.

Kattancock: Don’t cook them! I use them in smoothies, in salads, added to oatmeal before I eat it.

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Well+Good readers share their savvy tips and easy recipes.