They Sound Kind of Hippie… Really They’re Not.
But They are Groovy!
Protein–There are 11 grams of protein in just 3 TBSP!
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
For the Dressing:
- 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
Add the tamari sauce, honey, vinegar and lemon juice to the ginger mix and process until fairly smooth.
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
- 1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
- 1 bunch organic watercress
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look at all of those gorgeous fruits and vegetables!
Of course the documentary begins with all of the scary statistics about the American diet–the change in the last 60 years that has brought a health crisis with Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and obesity. This doesn’t even begin to mention the billions of dollars spent on drugs, drugs, and more drugs.
When this film was made, the healthcare cost in America was $2.2 trillion, and yet Americans are sicker than ever, and the rate of chronic diseases is ever increasing.
So, the question is posed, “What is the solution?” “Not another pill.”
The film centered on the life-long research and experience of Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. They both have spent their professional lives making connections between food and health.
“Let Food Be Thy Medicine” (Hippocrates)
Several other doctors were involved in the film, as well as patients whose lives had been changed. One of those who changed their diets completely was Lee Fulkerson. The film followed his journey as he learned of this movement. He went to see Dr. Matthew Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde, a husband/wife team.
Lee took this very seriously and changed his diet completely to eat only whole-food, plant-based foods.
Lee was taken step-by step, from shopping to preparing to eating a whole-food plant-based diet. Within a few months, his health was vastly improved, and not just by the numbers, but by how he felt. The documentary also followed several others who have changed their lives and found incredible health benefits. There was even one woman who was told that she should just go home and prepare to die because of her heart disease. Instead, she met Dr. Esselstyn and changed the way she ate. The film was made twenty years after that diagnosis, and she looks younger than she did when she was told to go home and get ready for her demise.
If you’d like to read more, and watch the trailer or the entire film, go to their official website. They also have recipes and more help to make the switch.
I know we feel better when we eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut back on the animal products. In the coming weeks we will feature recipes and tips to eat better, as well as featured produce. We have some really beautiful produce at Lassen’s, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as how affordable it is!
Energy & Oxygenation of Blood
Deodorize and Detoxify
Chlorophyll is also known as nature’s deodorizer for its ability to help detoxify the blood. When taken internally, chlorophyll is absorbed in the intestinal tract and flows into the blood steam. For aiding in reducing body odor, it is recommended to take in liquid form 1-2 times a day with a healthy diet limiting or excluding coffee, alcohol and sugar (which are huge players in offensive body orders). It is also good to accompany the use of chlorophyll with a natural gentle deodorant free of aluminum or other harsh chemicals.
Chlorophyll is also used to help prevent the build up of destructive toxins and as an aid in building healthy blood. It is often used complimentary for those taking regular iron supplements for its blood building properties.
for a refreshing way to get internally green, try mixing:
- 1 dropper of Herbs Etc. Chlorophyll Concentrate
- 6oz of distilled mineral water (make it sparkling water for fun!)
- juice of half a organic lemon (squeezed)
- and 1 tablespoon of local raw honey or agave nectar.
Sports Water Done Simple and Pure!
Ok, I’ll just say it. My muscles cramp. A lot. Charlie Horses are not my friend, but they sure like me. And exercise makes it much worse. So I like to supplement my water with an electrolyte drink. But have you tasted some of those? All the sugar, all the sodium, the disgusting taste… Not to mention the cost and all of those plastic bottles junking up the environment!
Happy cycling, running, and hiking!
It’s just a regular day in the Lassen’s office. I’m sipping my cinnamon vanilla herb tea from The Republic of Tea and working on graphics for an upcoming Lassens Event (Did you know that FABIO, the long haired wonder himself, is coming to our Thousand Oaks (1/25) and Ventura (1/26) locations next week to talk about his protein supplement line?! Yes Way!!!) and listening to the Otis Redding Pandora station (“These Arms of Mine” makes me feel particularly productive) when suddenly I realize it’s time for a tea-re-fill.
Down I go to the sales floor, where as they say is the magic happens. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but Stephanie, the Demo Captain, beckoning to come near (I’m still trying to shake myself out of Holiday mode. It’s harder than you think for some…).
These were so rich and flavorful with a wonderful soft texture, my toes just started tap-tapping with delight and my shoulders started shimmying with joy (if you honestly doubt my dancing-while-devouring claims, feel free to come by and see! It’s quite a sight to behold yet happens more frequently than I’d like to admit…)
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup carob powder
- 1 cup organic raisins
- 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- Soak raisins in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
- Drain raisins and place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Blend together until ingredients form into a paste.
- With scoop, roll into ball, roughly the size of a pinball.
- For visual appeal,top with coconut shavings and serve!