Weather is slowly taking a beautiful turn in our neck of woods. I was looking through my last year photos and noticed that the trees were already in full bloom by this time, now we only have tiny buds on trees. But at least it is getting warm and I have no complaints.
I have a summery smoothie today with pineapple, mango and banana. I added some coconut milk to the smoothie and it reminded me of pina colada a little bit.
But the secret ingredient in the smoothie is “Hemp Seeds’. I read about these seeds in Vegetarian times magazine a while back and when I saw them in Trader Joes, I couldn’t stop myself from buying them. I started adding them to my morning cereal, they don’t have any distinct taste — so blend well in just about anything.
Hemp seeds provide an ideal ratio (~ 3:1) of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Their anti-inflammatory effect helps fend off a number of conditions including diabetes, certain cancers, and autoimmune and heart diseases. Hemp protein is also one of the most complete sources of protein that has all 9 essential amino acids — important building blocks of protein and muscle.
The smoothie with tropical fruits and hemp seeds turned out delicious. I was skeptical if my picky 7 year old would like it, but he said it tasted like lassi and loved it. Even my 2 year old enjoyed it quite a bit. All in all, a very tasty and protein rich smoothie that is perfect for any time of the day.