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Hemp seeds milk
Try this easy homemade raw vegan hemp milk recipe. Hemp seeds are an ideal superfood for a raw food or vegan diet due to their high protein and essential fatty acid content. This quick and easy recipe for a raw food hemp milk made from hemp seeds can be used over a bowl of fruit, in smoothies and shakes, or enjoyed on its own, just like regular dairy milk or any of your other favorite non-dairy milk substitutes such as soy milk or almond milk.

How to Make Raw Vegan Hemp Milk

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (4 servings)

Try this easy homemade raw vegan hemp milk recipe. Hemp seeds are an ideal superfood for a raw food or vegan diet due to their high protein and essential fatty acid content. This quick and easy recipe for a raw food hemp milk made from hemp seeds can be used over a bowl of fruit, in smoothies and shakes, or enjoyed on its own, just like regular dairy milk or any of your other favorite non-dairy milk substitutes such as soy milk or almond milk.

You can omit the vanilla and sweetener if you prefer an even more nutritious beverage, but the strong flavor of the seeds can be a bit overpowering for some. It’s a bit of an earthy flavor, even for vegans used to drinking different kinds of non-dairy milk substitutes.

Hemp seeds milk
Hemp food products — like hemp seeds, hemp protein and hemp milk — come from the Cannibus sativa plant, Jarosh and Clarke say. It’s the same plant that marijuana comes from, but when you eat hemp, you’re not getting the “drug” part of the plant, otherwise known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp producers use plants with less than 0.3 percent THC (many guarantee their plants have 0 percent THC). To make milk, h emp seeds are blended with water and then the mixture is filtered.

3 Reasons to Try Hemp Milk (Dr. Oz Loves It!)

Last month, Dr. Oz picked hemp milk as his favorite milk alternative. But can hemp milk — which calls to mind a certain drug — be good for you?

We asked Willow Jarosh and Stephanie Clarke , contributing editors at SELF and co-founders of C&J Nutrition, why you should try it.

1. You will NOT get high

Hemp food products — like hemp seeds, hemp protein and hemp milk — come from the Cannibus sativa plant, Jarosh and Clarke say. It’s the same plant that marijuana comes from, but when you eat hemp, you’re not getting the “drug” part of the plant, otherwise known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp producers use plants with less than 0.3 percent THC (many guarantee their plants have 0 percent THC). To make milk, h emp seeds are blended with water and then the mixture is filtered.

In other words, you’re not going to be getting stoned on milk!

2. It tastes great

Hemp milk (also called hemp beverage) has a creamy consistency that tends to be a bit thicker than skim milk and other milk alternatives. It’s got a slightly nutty flavor (similar to almond milk ).

3. It’s good for you

Hemp seeds are rich in the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid ALA, and several hemp milk companies add additional hemp oil into their hemp beverages — so drinkers get the omega-3 benefits. Research shows that getting enough omega-3 fatty acids each day can help keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check. Though the type of omega-3 found in hemp isn’t as easily used by the body as the kind found in fish , studies show that it can still provide benefits.

In addition, if you have milk allergies, lactose intolerance or soy allergies, hemp beverage can be a great alternative — as long as you look for a brand that is fortified with calcium/vitamin D and are not depending on it as a major source of protein in your diet. A 1 cup serving of hemp beverage contains around 2 grams of protein (compared to 7 grams per cup in soy milk and nearly 9 grams per cup in nonfat cow’s milk).

Watching your waistline ? Be sure to stick with the original or unsweetened versions. Vanilla and chocolate hemp milk often have more sugar added, boosting calories to more than a cup of low-fat or skim milk (aim for around 100 calories or less per cup).

Unsweetened hemp milk also has more fat than other milk alternatives (hemp: 5-6g/cup; soy: 4g/cup; almond: 3g/cup), so plan your daily intake accordingly.