Vanilla hemp milk is creamy and delicious, lightly sweetened naturally from dates. Hemp milk is a great alternative to some of the other non-dairy milks that are lining the shelves of our grocery stores. Allergy season is upon us here in the Carolinas and for that reason I am trying to focus on a diet that helps reduce inflammation. Hemp seeds are noted for their omega 3’s an essential fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation. If you have ever made nut milks you will be excited to discover how easy it is to work with raw hemp seeds.
I love making my own hemp and nut milks and in my opinion they taste 10X better than store bought boxed versions. The bonus on making your own milks at home is you get a simple, clean product without additives and preservatives. There’s plenty of controversy over some of these additives you will find in coconut, soy, rice and nut milks. Why gamble with your health on these additives? In this case less IS MORE! You can buy organic raw hemp seeds at Costco click here. I also purchased a fine mesh bag for straining my blended hemp and nut milks from Amazon click here. The bags wash and air dry easily by reversing them inside out, rinsing well under running water and hanging them on a bottle to air dry.
Hemp Seeds Are Good for Your Heart and Mind says Livestrong.com
If you’re looking for a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds make a good choice. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that help reduce inflammation, and getting more in your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease. They may also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in concentrated amounts in the brain, and may play an important role in helping memory and cognition. So, start the day with a little heart and mind boost by adding hemp seeds to your hot cereal or yogurt.
Turmeric for added anti-inflammatory benefits: I add fresh turmeric root to my milks for the added anti-inflammatory benefit. Turmeric has many health benefits as noted here on WebMD *Use caution with turmeric though as it does show drug interaction warnings. Check with your doctor first if your taking medications prior to incorporating turmeric into your diet.
Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladderdisorders.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.
- 1 cup raw organic hemp seeds/hearts (I buy organic hemp seeds/hearts at Costco)
- 4 pitted dates soaked in ¼ cup hot water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups water (purified or filtered if possible)
- *optional - add 1 tsp shaved fresh turmeric
- Soak the dates in ¼ cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Add the dates and soaking water along with the hemp seeds, vanilla, water and *turmeric to the blender. If you cannot find fresh *turmeric root you can use ¼ tsp of *turmeric powder. Cover the blender tightly and blend on high for 1 minute. Strain through the nut milk bag over a large bowl. Gently squeeze the milk through the bag so that you do not put excess pressure against the seams of the bag.
- Pour the strained milk into a glass jar to store and cover tightly. The milk lasts up to 4-5 days.
- *Turmeric - see my notes on turmerics drug interactions and check with your doctor first before using it if your taking prescription drugs.