If there is ever a super plant protein contest, hemp seeds would easily win. This simple, tiny seed is probably the most nutritionally complete food in the world. Just look at this perfect balanced nutritional profile: high quality, easily digestible, complete protein; high polyunsaturated essential fatty acid ratio; perfect 1:3 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6, (the closest to the optimum ratio of any other natural oil), both soluble and insoluble fibre and various other nutrients. It really is the super food.
I purchase whole hemp seeds in bulk, rinse them thoroughly and wind dry each batch on my window sill. They have an earthly, fresh, nutty flavor, and are super crunchy. Eating the seeds with the shell is best, plus they keep for longer in their shells; the only disadvantage might be that the shell fibres stick between your teeth. Hee hee.
When the weather is too hot and my appetite decreases I always like to make food that is lower in calories by portion but higher in nutrition. This tomato brown rice salad is one example. The ¼ cup hemp seeds gives the dish 15g of protein, and this alone accounts for nearly half of my daily protein intake. By the way, if you want to know how much protein you need per day, take your weight in kilograms and multiply it by 0.8 or by 1.1 if you are training or pregnant. For example my current weight is 42kg, so using the above calculation I would need about 33g protein. As you can see, with a vegan diet, it’s not hard to meet your needs at all!
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- 1 big tomato
- ½ cup cooked brown rice
- ¼ cup raw whole hemp seeds
- 3 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp chilli oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- paprika to taste
- Chop the tomato and mix into the cooked brown rice.
- Add all the seeds and mix well.
- In another bowl mix the soy sauce, chilli oil, and sesame oil. Pour onto the salad and mix well, then sprinkle with paprika.