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Tasty Tuna Sandwiches

Enjoy this Tasty Tuna Sandwich that is perfect for lunches!

 

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Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Anything with cheese & pasta is usually a hit!  This Cheesy Broccoli Pasta will be just that!

This is also a great way to sneak in some healthy greens for those little ones that may not eat it otherwise!!

Feel good sharing this vegan, allergy friendly, gluten & dairy free dish with friends and family!

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Dairy Free Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce….need we say more??

So many people feel like cheese should be a food group…..and there are some that LOVE CHEESE but just can’t eat it anymore!  Look no further, now you can enjoy this yummy Dairy Free Cheese Sauce that you can add to pretty much anything!

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Mexican Rice

Oh this is a delicious one!  A vegetarian Mexican Rice dish your friends and family will love!

As most of you know…. we eat with our EYES first!  This dish is loaded with delicious healthy ingredients AND lots of bright colours to have your eyes saying Yummmmy!!

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Junery

Junery is a side dish your family will enjoy!  With the addition of allspice and cinnamon to this mixture of deliciously cooked veggies….will have your house smelling like heaven!

This vegetarian dish is loaded with protein, omega 3, 6 & 9 oils and so much more….try for yourself!

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Cauliflower Salad

If you like Cauliflower, then you will LOVE this recipe.  Not only is it packed with flavour, but the fresh crisp texture is fantastic!

This Cauliflower Salad is also a great option for when you forgot to pack lunch for the next day….or when you were just too tired!  Goodness, we have all been there, I’m sure.  Just toss into a container and be on your way!  Such a great source of protein and so much more!

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Hemp: The Alpha of Omega

We’re always hearing about the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet, and rightly so! Omega-3s are nutrients that are vital to our:

  • Metabolism
  • immune system
  • brain health
  • eye health
  • heart health
  • joint health
  • lung health

just to name the top few things!

As mammals, we are unable to produce this important compound ourselves, and must obtain it all through our diet. However, today’s common diet of fast/processed foods and reliance on vegetable oils – all low in critical nutrients like Omega-3  – means most of us could use some extra help getting the nutrition we need.

According to the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, our bodies are required to maintain a Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio of anywhere between 1:1 and 4:1, but the average North American diet gives us 14-25 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3, which can lead to a laundry list of health problems (heart disease, inflammation, metabolic disfunction, etc.).

Doctors and health professionals have traditionally recommended fish oil supplement capsules to help us get enough of this essential fatty acid – but is this really what’s best for our bodies?

Hemp vs Fish: The Ultimate Smackdown

As Cyndal, CEO of HempE, sat pregnant in the medical clinic 2 years ago her doctor cautioned her, “Be careful how much fish you eat; we are concerned about the mercury levels in the ocean. Don’t eat fish more than twice per week.” She was alarmed to find that the research agrees; our oceans and fresh water have been saturated with toxins like mercury, PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyl) and dioxins that get stored in the liver and fat cells of marine life. Labdoor, an independent supplement research company, did a study on 54 of the bestselling fish oil supplement capsules on the market, and the results are more than a little fishy. Every product contained measurable amounts of mercury, with 3 products recording 50% or greater of the allowable mercury content/serving. Additionally, every supplement contained measurable amounts of mercury, with the category averaging 2.4 PPB (part per billion) of mercury. For the non-biochemists out there, that’s too much mercury.

When the fish are caught, they are brought to a factory to be sectioned, steamed and pressed to produce the fish oil. This steaming process can pose serious health risks, as all omega oils have a very low heat tolerance. You know that smell of day old fish in the trashcan? That is the smell of the fish and all its polyunsaturated goodness oxidizing (aka going rancid). In that same study by Labdoor mentioned above, it was found that all products recorded measurable levels of oxidization, with 14 out of the 54 supplements tested measuring at or above the upper limit of 10 meq/kg. This is a disturbing fact- think of all those nasty ‘fish burps’ those supplements can cause. Gross!

In our books, the idea of consuming rancid fish product for health purposes just doesn’t pass the taste (or smell) test.

Perhaps the most serious effects produced by fish oil supplements are those of an environmental nature. Fish do not produce the Omega fatty acids themselves, but like us, obtain it from their diet, which consists of algae and other plants. By the time the fish is caught it has already digested much of the fatty acid leaving us with an incomplete Omega-3 profile (more on that here). We could easily just harvest the algae, but still we insist on having fleets of colossal fishing tankers (that also, by the way, destroy other marine life by dragging nets across the ocean floor). These methods devastate entire ecosystems, and are so indiscriminate that many of the fish caught are unwanted. Sadly, they are just discarded back into the ocean, dead. Let’s do better for our planet!

So, what’s a mammal to do for their omega-3s? Have no fear, hemp is here!

Hemp is a superfood that offers the richest and most balanced natural source of EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) and it naturally provides us with a 3:1 Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio (well within the perfect ratio). Just one tablespoon of hemp oil contains all the omega-3 & omega-6 you need in a day, and exhibits the highest phenolic content and antioxidant activity when compared to other plant based oils. It also has naturally occurring properties that are anticarcinogenic, relieve systemic inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, autoimmune conditions, psychiatric/mental health disorders, promotes eye and brain health, etc. Additionally, because hemp seed oil is plant-based, it can be cold pressed, packaged and stored appropriately so it does not oxidize and spoil as easily. Also, since it hasn’t been partially digested by a fish, it provides the complete nutritional profile of Omega-3.

Long story short: hemp provides your body with a whole host of amazing nutritional benefits you’re likely missing in your diet, and can go a long way toward optimizing your health!

Hemp is also an incredibly sustainable, and earth conscious alternative to the destructive commercial fishing industry. It is easily grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides, and removes a larger amount of carbon dioxide per acre than most plant life. It has thousands of commercial applications including paper, textiles, clothing, 100% biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, animal feed and even concrete! It requires no overfishing or ecosystem destruction, it is 100% recyclable and non-toxic. The possibilities are endless!

When it comes to Omega-3 fatty acids, hemp is the reigning champion. Whether it’s about your health or environmental impact, fish oil supplements just don’t measure up.

So, ditch the fish burps and discover all the benefits of hemp for yourself!

To learn more, you can head to the HempE website or contact Cyndal directly at info@hempe.ca.

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Breaking Down the Hemp Crop ~ Part 3 ~ Seed

How do you like your hemp seeds: whole, shelled, pressed, or powdered?  

With hemp being such a versatile and useful crop, it’s no surprise that there are many different ways to consume the seed.  Whether you are looking to boost your protein or decrease inflammation, there is a solution to be found by adding a serving or two of hemp to your daily diet.

Shelled Hemp Seeds

Perhaps the most common way to eat this omega rich food, shelled hemp seeds are great for cereal, salads, smoothies, just to name a few.  

If you are looking for an excellent protein source that’s tasty and diverse, look no further.  Not only do they taste delicious, with a light, nutty flavour, hemp seeds are also used to heal common day health issues such as high cholesterol and depression.

Whole Hemp Seeds

You can eat these on their own as a crunchy snack or add them to your salads and stir fries.  Word of caution: whole hemp seeds love to get stuck in your teeth, so be sure to check the mirror after you eat!

In consuming  whole hemp seeds, you get the extra benefit of an insoluble fibre not often found in our everyday diet.

Hemp Oil

Using a press process, hemp seeds are carefully converted into hemp oil to create a product excellent for dressings and dips.  

The oil extraction method also allows for the production of hemp oil capsules which are commonly used to treat arthritis, blood pressure, and mental health the natural way.  

Since hemp is rich in omega, you will likely notice improvement to your immune system, digestive system, and hair health.  Introduce capsules into your daily vitamin regimen, and reap the many rewards.

Hemp Protein

Here’s a great way to get a plentiful source of protein in a versatile powder.  This vegan friendly option offers high levels of fibre and omegas, much like when you eat the seeds or consume the oil.  

While you might typically use the hemp protein powders in your smoothie, we recommend you try this one in your baking too.  

Healthy Option

No matter which way you choose to eat this superfood, you’ll quickly enjoy the benefits.  Hemp is a crop that dates back thousands of years. Today, it’s making a comeback offering farmers an excellent crop option while providing healthy eaters a delicious addition to any meal of their day.

How did you start eating hemp seeds?  Share your story on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

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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Dill Delight Salad

This mixed greens salad is good to the last bite & full of nutrients.  Great as a lunch or side salad.

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Guacamole Bites

Looking for a refreshing appetizer?  This awesome recipe yields about 4 servings & is perfect for a summer gathering.

Recipes

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Tasty Tuna Sandwiches

Enjoy this Tasty Tuna Sandwich that is perfect for lunches!

 

, , , , , , , , ,

Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Anything with cheese & pasta is usually a hit!  This Cheesy Broccoli Pasta will be just that!

This is also a great way to sneak in some healthy greens for those little ones that may not eat it otherwise!!

Feel good sharing this vegan, allergy friendly, gluten & dairy free dish with friends and family!

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Dairy Free Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce….need we say more??

So many people feel like cheese should be a food group…..and there are some that LOVE CHEESE but just can’t eat it anymore!  Look no further, now you can enjoy this yummy Dairy Free Cheese Sauce that you can add to pretty much anything!

, , , , , , , ,

Mexican Rice

Oh this is a delicious one!  A vegetarian Mexican Rice dish your friends and family will love!

As most of you know…. we eat with our EYES first!  This dish is loaded with delicious healthy ingredients AND lots of bright colours to have your eyes saying Yummmmy!!

, , , , , , ,

Junery

Junery is a side dish your family will enjoy!  With the addition of allspice and cinnamon to this mixture of deliciously cooked veggies….will have your house smelling like heaven!

This vegetarian dish is loaded with protein, omega 3, 6 & 9 oils and so much more….try for yourself!

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Cauliflower Salad

If you like Cauliflower, then you will LOVE this recipe.  Not only is it packed with flavour, but the fresh crisp texture is fantastic!

This Cauliflower Salad is also a great option for when you forgot to pack lunch for the next day….or when you were just too tired!  Goodness, we have all been there, I’m sure.  Just toss into a container and be on your way!  Such a great source of protein and so much more!

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Dill Delight Salad

This mixed greens salad is good to the last bite & full of nutrients.  Great as a lunch or side salad.

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Guacamole Bites

Looking for a refreshing appetizer?  This awesome recipe yields about 4 servings & is perfect for a summer gathering.

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Zesty Ceasar Salad

This recipe yields approximately 2 servings and can be made dairy free by using the vegan friendly substitutes noted below.

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These allergy-friendly, vegan, & gluten-free Chocolate ZucchinE Muffins are moist and nutritious – a family favorite!