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Hemp is a Healthy Option for Animals

Hemp is a healthy option for Animals

Are you wondering about the benefits of adding hemp to your pet’s diet?

You’re in luck.  Since hemp offers an excellent balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, it is an ideal supplement for your pet’s health.

Much like when humans consume either hemp oil or protein, the effects can be felt in a wide range of areas from reduced inflammation to cardiovascular health.

The Misconception

There is a common misconception when it comes to hemp.  People perceive it as a drug, and therefore refrain from consuming it or sharing this superfood with their pet.  

By nature, the hemp plant in its entirety contains extremely nominal traces of THC, and in many cases 0% in end products derived from hemp seeds.  It cannot get you high, no matter how much you eat of it.   Same rule applies to when you feed hemp protein or oil to your pet.  Don’t miss out on this healthy boost due to misinformation.

Healthy Dose

Since most hemp foods are designed and distributed for human consumption, it’s understandable that you may not want to serve your pet a portion.  That’s why there are great companies out there dedicated to bringing the right products to market, designed specifically for animal well-being and health.

Hemp for Horses

We at HempE are thrilled to be carrying Elite Three products.  These have been specially crafted for horses however can also be consumed by larger dogs too.   Elite Three offers hemp oil and protein, encouraging both be added as dietary supplements.

Why Hemp Oil?

One of the most notable benefits of hemp oil for horses relates to their stamina and heart rate.  It promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and provides a sustainable energy source for fuel.  An added bonus of feeding hemp oil to your animal is that it has been shown to increase calmness and focus through its natural unique properties.

Why Hemp Protein?

Derived from the by-product of pressing hemp seed oil, the protein powder offers many of the same benefits of the oil without the added fat and calories.  Hemp protein is high in fibre and aids with digestion.  Speaking of digestion, due to the make up hemp, it is known to be one of the most digestible protein sources which reduces lag time between ingestion and absorption.

Other Pets

We know that not everyone has a horse, so we also carry a great hemp seed oil supplement for other pets.  HemPetz is a staple for the average pet owner and has shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.  The fatty acids found in this supplement are an important to the overall health of your pet’s skin, coat, joints, and other body systems.

Share the Love

Animals bring so much joy to our lives, why not share the love with a healthy addition to their diet.  The increase in overall health will be of benefit to the both of you.  Go natural at mealtime by supplementing hemp along with their staple food.

Do you feed hemp to your pet?  We’d love to hear about the effect it’s had on their general health and overall well being.   Share comments below or get the conversation going on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

If you’d like to learn more about omegas as they relate to hemp, give a read to this great post all about brain health.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

 

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Hemp Offers a Healthy Harvest for Farmers

hemp for victory

Have you ever thought about why farmers grow the crops they do?  

While it has a lot to do with climate and soil type, market demand plays a large role in the ultimate decision. This is where you, the customer, comes into the picture.

Simple Economics

Supply and demand is a basic principle in economics, and decision makers take careful consideration when selecting which crops to plant for the year.  This very principle is a big reason as to why traditional crop farmers are choosing to grow hemp rather than canola in their fields.

You see, for a farmer to switch their annual crop from a tried and tested plant like canola, they need to be sure that there is a demand for their new crop of choice, and also that there is not too much supply to meet that demand.  The odds are in the hemp farmers favour since there is a growing demand for this super crop, and current supply is not over the top due to stricter regulations.

Healthy Harvest

Hemp is a favorable option for farmers looking to make the switch from a commonly grown crop to an innovative option.  Not only does hemp offer a healthy end product for customers, it is also great for soil and the atmosphere.   With an abundant list of benefits to growing and using hemp, you might wonder why more farmers aren’t planting it?

Though the plant itself has been grown across the globe for thousands of years, it’s faced some limitations in the last century due to being part of the cannabis sativa family.  Luckily, things are changing, and laws are loosening up surrounding the entire plant species due to its numerous advantages for people and the planet.

Industrial Hemp

The agricultural community is pondering the future of hemp as a crop option, often asking if it will grow to be more popular than canola.  While nobody can predict what’s to come, hemp pioneers are speaking up about this natural solution that is a substitute for petroleum based products and reduces dependency on trees for paper and cotton for clothes.  Imagine the possibilities once hemp reaches its full potential.

There is an important shift happening in Canada from a legal perspective, and hemp regulations are developing in the plant and planet’s favour.  While it is still regulated by Health Canada, the growing demand for use of the entire crop will push for updated legal treatment of a plant that is not a drug, but treated like one.

Demand Creates Supply

As Canadian citizens demand healthier options for ourselves and the Earth, policy makers will surely supply us with the right regulations to ensure that we aren’t missing the boat on an economic success story that’s an environmental win.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

Ham and Pasta

Ham and pasta lunch fun

Quinoa and Rice pasta, leftover ham, avocado, Tex-Mex seasoned hemp seeds, and ketchup for lunch.

Ham and Pasta
Ham and Pasta
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Quinoa and Rice pasta, leftover ham, avocado, Tex-Mex seasoned hemp seeds, and ketchup for lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 minutes
Ham and Pasta
Ham and Pasta
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Quinoa and Rice pasta, leftover ham, avocado, Tex-Mex seasoned hemp seeds, and ketchup for lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Stir gently until all pasta is coated. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve as a cold pasta salad.
    Stir gently until all pasta is coated.
Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve as a cold pasta salad.
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Are you a vegetarian?  Add black beans instead of ham & you've got yourself a delicious & nutritious pasta dish packed with protein.

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Bananas for Hemp Muffins

Bananas for Hemp Muffins
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They are gluten, dairy, egg, soy and nut free. I'm pretty sure they'd also classify as paleo, allergy friendly, vegan, vegetarian, and others...
Servings Prep Time
12 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30-35 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30-35 Minutes
Bananas for Hemp Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
12 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30-35 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30-35 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Peel 5 bananas and dump into your mixing bowl. Add milk, vinegar and melted margarine. Blend until bananas are mashed, mostly smooth with some small chunks is perfect! Add all dry ingredients, mix well. Spoon into 12 muffin tins, and sprinkle 1 tsp. of sweet n cinnamon hemp seeds on each one.
    Peel 5 bananas and dump into your mixing bowl. Add milk, vinegar and melted margarine. Blend until bananas are mashed, mostly smooth with some small chunks is perfect! Add all dry ingredients, mix well. Spoon into 12 muffin tins, and sprinkle 1 tsp. of sweet n cinnamon hemp seeds on each one.
  2. Bake at 350 for 35 mins....and there you have it. Protein and Fiber packed yumm!!
    Bake at 350 for 35 mins....and there you have it. Protein and Fiber packed yumm!!
  3. My family gobbled then all up for breakfast ... ☺️ Great to add to Lunchboxes for a healthy snack.
     My family gobbled then all up for breakfast ...  ☺️  Great to add to Lunchboxes for a healthy snack.
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Hemp isn’t Marijuana!?

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You Can’t Get High from Hemp Seeds

“Can you smoke it?” “Isn’t hemp marijuana?” “I’m not ready to jump on the pot wagon yet” “Is it safe for my kids?” and “Can I eat hemp when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?” are the most common questions I’m asked.

I would like to assure you that consuming hemp seeds is as safe as sunflower, sesame, chia, flax, or pumpkin seeds. You could literally smoke an entire hemp field (if you really wanted to…) and you could not get high – it is impossible! There are many varieties within the cannabis species.

The easiest way I can explain it is to compare cannabis to mushrooms. There are mushrooms we eat, many of them in fact, and some of them are known to be powerful superfoods! Then there are mushrooms that have psychoactive effects, which we must be careful not to eat.

Hemp is tall and lanky, “marijuana” is short and plump. Both plants look completely different when you compare them side by side. Mushrooms, too, look different. Heck, we could even look at how many different varieties there are of apples, potatoes, tomatoes, or cherries.

Hemp is no different. All cannabis plants make cannabinoids in different concentrations. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in “marijuana” or “pot”. THC is virtually non-existent in the hemp plant – like a flea in a dump truck!

Some people think that the plant has been altered, the THC removed, the males removed so that the females’ buds turn to seed. None of this is true. In fact, you can’t even grow hemp alongside “marijuana”, or both crops will fail.

The cannabis plant had existed for thousands of years across the world, and utilized for endless purposes until only about 80 years ago. Propaganda has evolved the way humanity sees nature. The species was banned in Canada in 1938. The US government actively encouraged farmers to grow hemp for fiber and oil during World War II, cultivation ceasing by 1958. Believe it or not, hemp was re-legalized for industrial use in Canada almost 20 years ago (since 1998)!

Mother nature put every plant on this earth for a reason, she gave us this gift! To me, it is a crime that mankind decided nature shouldn’t exist. Although I’m not free to plant hemp in my garden (without a license from Health Canada), I am grateful that I have access to it. I can buy it in the grocery or health food stores and feed it to my family. It is a full balanced meal on it’s own, so I never have to worry if they’re getting the nutrition they need. Plus, they love the delicious nutty taste, and it’s nice and soft for easy chewing.

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Beef Breakfast Skillet

Cook beef in skillet

A great way to start the morning with an extra helping of protein found in hemp seeds.

Beef Breakfast Skillet
Beef Breakfast Skillet
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Ground Beef with Hashbrowns, Scrambled Eggs, Cheese and Vegetables. Delectably seasoned with Tex-Mex Hemp Seeds.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Beef Breakfast Skillet
Beef Breakfast Skillet
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Ground Beef with Hashbrowns, Scrambled Eggs, Cheese and Vegetables. Delectably seasoned with Tex-Mex Hemp Seeds.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook beef in skillet over medium high heat until just cooked. Drain some of the fat from the beef. Add mushrooms and hash browns. Cook over medium heat until cooked approx. 15 mins.
    Cook beef in skillet over medium high heat until just cooked. Drain some of the fat from the beef. Add mushrooms and hash browns. Cook over medium heat until cooked approx. 15 mins.
  2. Stir in salsa and pasta sauce. Stir beaten eggs over and mix. Cook and stir until eggs are completely set, approx. 5 mins. Top with cheese, continuing to cook until melted. Sprinkle with Tex-mex hemp and serve.
    Stir in salsa and pasta sauce. Stir beaten eggs over and mix. Cook and stir until eggs are completely set, approx. 5 mins. Top with cheese, continuing to cook until melted. Sprinkle with Tex-mex hemp and serve.
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Guilt Free Fudge Drops

Hemp Fudge Drops

Oats and Hemp become irresistible in these cookies! A full balanced meal (the kids will never know!)

Guilt Free Fudge Drops
Guilt Free Fudge Drops
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Great anytime of the day. I'll admit, they're my favorite breakfast!
Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 15 minutes
Guilt Free Fudge Drops
Guilt Free Fudge Drops
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Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, milk, oil and cocoa in large saucepan. Stir often while melting. Bring to a rolling boil and boil, stirring constantly, for 90 seconds.
    Combine sugar, milk, oil and cocoa in large saucepan. Stir often while melting. Bring to a rolling boil and boil, stirring constantly, for 90 seconds.
  2. Remove from heat. Add oats, hemp and vanilla. Drop by the spoonful and allow to cool.
    Remove from heat. Add oats, hemp and vanilla. Drop by the spoonful and allow to cool.
  3. Don't eat them all in one sitting! 🙂
    Don't eat them all in one sitting! :)
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