Sulston's Kitchen - Food for thought - No.3


Hemp

Hemp

Believe it or not (even if you’re not vegan), hemp protein is a great way to supplement your training. It’s a great alternative to traditional whey powder and it also has additional benefits you won’t find in whey like fibre and omega 3.

Hemp protein is one of the few 'complete' plant proteins, which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids that are needed for muscle repair. As well as all these health benefits, it tastes great too. It adds a unique mild nutty taste to what ever you are preparing, you can simply add it into your smoothies or bake with it, just keep the temperature below 165°C to retain all the heath benefits of the natural oils.

Nutritional benefits

Great source of Protein (complete plant based protein)

The protein and fiber in hemp combine to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore sustains your body’s energy. A diet rich in hemp promotes digestive regularity.

Fibre

Omega 3 - The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function.

Anti-inflammatory powerhouse

Recipe - Chocolate and hemp flapjack

100g Maple syrup

160g Coconut oil

250g Oats

80g Dates (chopped)

30g Hazelnuts (chopped)

70g Cocoa powder

60g Hemp protein

20g Cocoa nibs

Melt the coconut oil with maple syrup then add the remaining ingredients mix well and place into baking tray and cook at 160°C for 25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool then turn out and cut into squares.

Keep it Green

Make sure you source your hemp protein responsibly as a lot of it is imported and it’s nutrient value can be diminished through processing. Good quality cold pressed hemp retains the oils from the leaf to ensure all the vital nutrients are still in the hemp. We use Green Muscle hemp protein at Sulston’s Kitchen. It’s cold pressed and grown in Sussex so we’re sticking with British!

Alex Johnson

By Alex Johnson

My friends think of me as a mixed martial arts ninja and I don't disagree with them. I live in Essex (UK) with my wife and dog Kingston, who eats more protein than I do.

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