Hemp hearts are a delicious way to boost your protein, healthy fats and nutrients like sulfur which are all essential for gorgeous skin. On a fat free diet? Better think twice. You’re starving your skin cells of the juicy goodness that keeps them plump and glowing, and this will leave your skin dry and susceptible to environmental and free radical damage. Protien is also important for collagen production and while most plant foods are missing certain amino acids and amino acids and cannot be classed as a compete protein, hemp foods are high in all 20 essential amino acids as well as important omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, gamma linoleic acid and fibre. The seeds themselves, called hemp hearts, are particularly nutrient dense, containing up to 25% protein and 30% fat as well as Vitamin E and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
The seeds have a mild, nutty flavour and a light, creamy texture lending themselves well to a ‘nut butter’ style spread and recipes where a softer mouth feel is preferred. They are also perfect in smoothies. Remember beauty fuel is a multi layer approach, it’s about feeding the skin plus supporting detoxification pathways such as the liver, lymph and gut.
If looking for a total beauty immersion sign up for my New 10 Day Beauty Fuel Detox. It’s a diet plan to support your skin and all your important detox pathways. The food is all designed to keep you full, happy and glowing with great energy my loves. More than surface beauty, we deserve to feel calm and have our hunger satisfied too.
Give this smoothie a whirl and let me know what you think!
- 1/4 Avocado
- 1/2 banana (or use 1/4 cup cold cooked cauliflower for even less sugar, it’s good I promise!)
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 400ml liquid (water/almond milk/hemp milk/coconut milk)
- 1 serve stevia sweetened collagen powder (or vanilla wpi)
- 2 tbs hemp hearts
- 2 tbs flax seeds
- 1 tsp broccoli sprout powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbs coconut or greek yogurt
- Few drops vanilla stevia if needed (depends on sweetness of your protein or collagen)
Always feel free to add a little ice for texture! Enjoy.
Sita Huber, Holistic Nutritionist
Creator of the Beauty Fuel Diet for Australia’s Next Top Model.