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Hemp Seeds–What are They Good For?

They Sound Kind of Hippie… Really They’re Not.

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But They are Groovy!

Have you tried Hemp Seeds?  They are full of nutrition:

Protein–There are 11 grams of protein in just 3 TBSP!
Anti-inflammatory Omegas!
Phytonutrients and anti-oxidants!
All kinds of minerals!
Essential fatty acids!

So How Do I Use Them?

Hemp Seeds are so easy to add to smoothies, soups, and hot cereals, and to sprinkle on salads and vegetables.  They have a mild taste similar to sunflower seeds or pine nuts, so won’t overpower the flavor of any dish, and are smaller than sesame seeds.  I really like them!

Here’s the first recipe in which I ever used Hemp Seeds.  I found it in the LA Times Foods section (October 13, 2011, adapted from a recipe from BLD in LA).  When I want a filling yet healthy and light salad, I reach for this recipe.  I’ve changed it a little, but I think you’ll love it!

Chopped Vegetable Salad with Hemp Seeds

 

You’ll Need:

For the Dressing:

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  • 1 1/2 tsp grated organic fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarsely chopped organic shallot
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarsely chopped organic fresh rosemary
  • 2 TBSP organic tamari sauce
  • 2 TBSP organic honey
  • 3 TBSP sweet rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil 
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In a food processor grind the ginger, shallot, and rosemary until fine.

 

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Add the tamari sauce, honey, vinegar and lemon juice to the ginger mix and process until fairly smooth.

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Add the oil a little at a time and process until blended well.

For the Salad:

  • 10 oz package of organic Cascadian Farms frozen, thawed shelled edamame beans 
  • 2 ears raw fresh organic yellow corn, cut from cob 
  • 1 cup diced organic turnip or organic jicama 
  • 1 1/2 cup organic green beans, blanched, shocked, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted and peeled organic red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup diced organic avocado
  • 2/3 cup toasted, salted organic cashews

For Garnish:

  • 1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
  • 1 bunch organic watercress
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Roast the pepper by spearing with a large serving fork and holding it over the flame of the stove.  
 
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The pepper skin will blister and pop.  Allow to cool and then peel and chop.
 
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To prepare the green beans, drop the trimmed beans into boiling water.  After about 2 minutes, lift out of the pan with a slotted spoon and drop into ice water.

 

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When cooled (it will happen quickly), chop the green beans.

Roast the cashews in a hot oven–watch them carefully, since they burn easily.  Salt as desired.

 
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Slice the corn off of the cob, chop the turnip (or jicama) and avocado, then throw all of the vegetables and the cashews in a large bowl and toss gently.

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Pour about 1/2 cup of the dressing over the salad and gently blend.  Taste the salad to see if you’d like to add more dressing or salt.  (The leftover dressing will keep in the refrigerator for several days)

Divide the salad into 4-8 serving plates (this recipe makes about 8 cups of salad), then garnish the salad by sprinkling with hemp seeds (about 1 1/2 tsp per cup of salad) and a few watercress sprigs.

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Enjoy this wonderful salad for a delightfully nutritious summer lunch!

And for more details on how hemp seeds are a great addition your healthy life, click here.

Love,

Lassen’s

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Joy’s Chia Smoothie

Ah… Here it is! What a good lookin’ smoothie!

Before we get too deep into berries and chia seeds, let’s meet the lovely creator of this healthy drink!
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This is Joy!

 
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Joy is Lassen’s Regional Marketing Director. She’s the sweet face behind all our interesting Facebook and Twitter posts. As a former Pilates instructor, Joy lives a very healthy lifestyle that she shares with her husband and two adorable Great Danes, Scout and Hunter (who just became a Certified Therapy Dog! Congrats Hunter!)

 
 

Once upon a few days ago, Joy and I found ourselves talking about our favorite super-foods when Chia Seeds came up.

Why do we like Chia Seeds?

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Well aside from the fact that when they are left to soak in a liquid for a small amount of time, they take on an amazing gooey consistency (reminiscent of Boba or tapioca pearls found in certain Taiwanese tea-based drinks), but they also contain a handful of wonderful health benefits including Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals and fiber! They have also been known to aid in weight loss due to their ability to satiate hunger cravings in between meals!

“I have a really good chia smoothie that I make in the mornings!” said Joy with a smile.
“Care to share?”

And share she did!
Now from Joy’s kitchen, Lassens is proud to present…

Joy’s Chia, Berry & Spinach Smoothie

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 You’ll Need:
  • Handful of organic spinach
  • 1/2 cup of organic frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of organic frozen blackberries (could use raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1 frozen organic banana
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • Approximately 2 1/2 cups of almond milk (or soy milk)

Instructions:

Place spinach in first, then chia seeds, then all other ingredients.
Pulse to desired thickness. For a thicker smoothie, use less almond milk. For a thinner consistency, use more almond milk.
Makes 2/3 servings

 

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This smoothie packs a health-lovin’ punch! It acts as a great breakfast or a wonderful snack or meal replacement any time of day!
We hope you try it and love it as much as Joy does! Cheers!

Love,

Lassen’s

Should you get on the Paleo bandwagon?

Eatin’ Like a Caveman… or Woman…

There has been a lot of chatter about the Paleo Diet lately.  Have you wondered what it is all about?
 
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Well, it is basically eating what our cave ancestors in the Paleolithic Age ate.  

Meat

 
 
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Free-range or grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, poulty, fish and other seafood, eggs, and game meats.  According to the Paleo Diet, our diet should be comprised of between 20-35% of calories provided by protein, instead of the 15% that the Western Diet has now.  There are many vitamins and minerals in meats as well.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

 
 
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Non-starchy, low-glycemic fresh fruits and vegetables provide much more fiber than other (grain based) carbohydrates.  They are slowly digested and absorbed, unlike refined carbohydrates.  And of course we know that fresh fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
 
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Nuts and Seeds

 
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These provide healthy fats as well as protein and fiber.

Healthy Oils

 
 
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Olive, coconut, walnut, flaxseed, avocado, and macadamia.  These fats provide healthy monosaturated and Omega-3 fats.

A diet of the the above foods will provide a balance between acid-producing and alkaline-producing foods, which helps prevent conditions that thrive in an acid environoment.

This website says that a “lifetime of excessive dietary acid may promote bone and muscle loss, high blood pressure and increased risk for kidney stones and may aggravate asthma and excercise-induced asthma.”  This diet balances acid and alkaline.

The Paleo Diet also increases the dietary intake of potassium and lowers the intake of sodium.

Our hearts, kidneys and other organs depend on potassium to function properly.  When sodium intake is higher and potassium intake is lower, we are at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.

 

What Should I Not Eat?

Dairy Products, Cereal Grains, Refined Sugars, Legumes (including peanuts), Starchy Vegetables such as Potatoes, Salt, Refined Oil, and Processed Foods.

There is a lot that makes sense in the Paleo Diet.  We do have a lot of diseases and conditions that are caused by our modern diet and lifestyle.  And eliminating refined foods certainly would help our overall health.  
 
Following the paleo diet is healthy and nutritious, and there are lots of ways that you can combine foods to make delicious breakfasts. They don’t all involve eggs, either! Here are just 10 paleo diet-friendly recipes to try out for your breakfasts.
 
Here is a fun chart to help you understand how to know if a food complies with the Paleo Plan.
 
 
I’m not sure I agree with the “That crap will kill you,” but this chart does help clarify what is Paleo and what isn’t!

Have You Tried the Paleo Diet?

Please comment if you have tried the Paleo Diet and let us know what you think.  Is it hard to eat the Paleo way?

Lassen’s carries everything you need to eat on the Paleo Diet!

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In upcoming posts I will share some recipes that comply with the Paleo Diet Plan!

 
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Lassen’s
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It’s Almost Spring! Time to Get Your Hands in the Dirt!

Nothing Like Getting Dirty! 

 
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I love going into garden centers and seeing all of the little plants; It takes me back to when my mom and dad (with a lot of forced kid labor!) would plant a great big garden each spring.
 
And checking out all of the neatly lined-up packets of garden seeds–Oh!  The possibilities!  We would start the tomatoes from seed in egg cartons, and I loved checking to see if the little leaves were pressing their way through the soil.
 
So in honor of impending Spring, here is a fun idea to start your garden, kitchen herbs, or flowers.
 
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Since we’ve been eating a lot of grapefruit lately (it is SO delicious!) we have plenty of grapefruit rinds.  You could also use orange or lemon rinds, too.  I pulled the membranes out of the rinds, but that isn’t necessary.
You’ll need some potting soil–or just some rich dirt–and some seeds.  Lassen’s has just stocked a large variety of organic garden seeds.
 
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Fill the rind with some soil.  Doesn’t that feel good?
 
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I decided to plant Sweet Basil, since I cook with it every week.
 
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Sprinkle a few seeds over the soil, and then add 1/4 inch more of soil on the top.  Water lightly (it doesn’t take much in this little planter, 
and you don’t want the rind to get moldy!)
 
Place in a warm sunny place, and watch for the sprouts!
 
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There’s nothing like using your own fresh herbs!
 
You can start tomatoes or peas or beans or other vegetables in the citris rinds, and when it is time to plant in your garden (or larger containers), you can just put the whole thing in the ground.  The rinds will decompose and enrich your garden soil!  You’ll be both gardening and composting!  Now, doesn’t that make you feel green?
 
Happy Gardening!
 
Love,
 
Lassen’s