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Hemp For Breakfast: The Easy Guide To A Delicious Hemp (& CBD) Filled Breakfast

We’ve put together a quick guide to eating hemp for breakfast, so you can start your most important meal of the day with this nutritional powerhouse. Hemp hearts and CBD oil are interesting ingredients, in that they are really easy to incorporate to your everyday foods.

We’ve put together a quick guide to eating hemp for breakfast, so you can start your most important meal of the day with this nutritional powerhouse.

Hemp hearts and CBD oil are interesting ingredients, in that they are really easy to incorporate to your everyday foods. With hemp hearts, you’ll see it’s a simple additive to the dishes. It’s as easy as putting them into a batter, or even just sprinkling them on top of the dish. With the CBD oil, it’s slightly more difficult to incorporate into your dishes but we’ll give you some simple tips.

HEMP FOR BREAKFAST: THE BENEFITS OF ADDING HEMP & CBD TO YOUR MORNING

Hemp is great addition to so many dishes. It will provide you with all of the essential amino acids and is a major source for plant-based protein. The best part is that hemp is extremely easy to incorporate into your diet. You can simply sprinkle hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds) on top of your meals like salads or rice bowls or throw it into your blender to infuse your protein-shakes with hemp power. We recently looked at how hemp is great for keto diets and explained how to make your own hemp milk. However, hemp is an easy addition to almost any diet.

A pan of scrambled eggs with added herbs. Creating a delicious hemp breakfast might be as simple as adding hemp hearts or infusing CBD oil into the butter you use to make eggs.

Creating a delicious hemp breakfast might be as simple as adding hemp hearts or infusing CBD oil into the butter you use to make eggs.

CBD can also be incorporated into your mornings. Not to be confused with THC, the main cannabinoid compound in psychoactive cannabis, these ingredients are completely legal and will not get you high. CBD can ease symptoms of pain and anxiety and generally create a more balanced day. CBD can be found as oils, extracts, tinctures and even edibles. There are even CBD breakfast bars! You can even mix it into your morning coffee, if these recipes don’t appeal.

Since CBD is a liquid, you have to incorporate it into other liquids used. Cannabinoids also bind with fats in cooking. The easiest way to cook with CBD is to infuse the supplement into things like butter, maple syrup, and even into your cooking oil. This process is generally easy, and you can even make it ahead of time. We used Meta Hemp CBD oil for these test recipes (see our Meta Hemp review here!) but you can use any quality CBD oil you prefer.

Below are three of our favorite recipes incorporating hemp & CBD!

PANCAKES WITH CBD-INFUSED MAPLE SYRUP

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of your choice of pancake batter
  • Full spectrum CBD oil
  • ½ cup of pure maple syrup
  • Non-stick spray

Directions:

  1. With this recipe, you’ll want to first make your batter to have it done so you can prepare everything else. Depending on your pancake batter, you might need to add eggs and milk, but sometimes all you’ll need is water.
  2. When stirring, make sure to stir until the batter is smooth and all of the lumps are gone. If you’re adding milk, do it slowly as you stir. This will make your pancakes extra fluffy.
  3. To make the CBD infused maple syrup, pour the syrup into a small saucepan and heat on low. After it’s brought up to temperature, add your desired amount of CBD/Hemp oil.
  4. Continue heating on low for about 5 minutes and set aside.
  5. To make pancakes, it helps to make a pancake assembly station, with batter to the left, the pan in front of you, and your serving plate to the right.
  6. Spray non-stick spray and then pour batter until you get the desired size of pancake. Every minute or so, continuously check the bottom until it’s golden brown. Once it’s cooked, flip the pancake to cook the other side. Again, continuously check so you don’t overcook the pancake.

After that, you’re done in creating your delicious pancake with CBD-infused maple syrup! You can eat it as is, or add things like hemp hearts, berries, nuts, and whipped cream to supercharge the dish.

THE ULTIMATE CBD EGG SCRAMBLE

Ingredients:

  • Four eggs
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • ¼ stick of butter
  • Spinach/Kale
  • Full spectrum CBD oil
  • Handful of grape tomatoes
  • ¼ Large Onion, chopped
  • Salt, Pepper, Chili Flakes, Smoked Paprika to taste

Directions:

This is an awesome recipe if you’re short on time, and you want to make a quick & easy breakfast scramble to start your day off right!

  1. We start by preparing vegetables. Quickly chop onions, ready spinach and grape tomatoes. Set these aside.
  2. Heating up your pan with butter over a medium heat. Add CBD/Hemp Oil with the butter. While we wait for the pan to get up to temperature, we’ll prepare our eggs.
  3. Whip four eggs in a small bowl until they are uniform and have a little bit of foam around the edges. Mix in the milk while you whip your eggs. This allows for a fluffier and creamier omelet.
  4. Once the eggs are whipped and vegetables ready, make sure to have your spices nearby.
  5. With the pan up to temperature, we’ll add in our vegetables first. Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes.
  6. After the vegetables have cooked for a little bit, add the eggs and start to scramble them.
We made a hemp breakfast: hemp heart yogurt parfait, pancakes with CBD maple syrup, and CBD-infused veggie egg scramble.

We made a hemp breakfast: hemp heart yogurt parfait, pancakes with CBD maple syrup, and CBD-infused veggie egg scramble. (Ministry of Hemp / Ellijah Pickering)

Making scrambled eggs is fairly easy, but make sure to not overcook the eggs! The cooking process should only take about a minute or so and be sure to keep the ingredients constantly moving with your spatula.

HEMP BREAKFAST PARFAIT

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • Granola
  • Your choice of berry (blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, etc.)
  • Honey
  • Hemp hearts

This is the easiest of all the recipes, simply gather all the ingredients and stack them in a bowl! You can add to this recipe by adding in flax seeds and chia seeds with the hemp hearts to create a trifecta of awesome plant based nutrition!

 

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Hemp Milk: How To Make Your Own Hemp Milk (& Why You Should)

Hemp Milk is a powerhouse of nutrition, and it’s so easy to make. Made from hemp hearts, water, salt and natural sweetener, anyone can make hemp milk at home in their blender.

Hemp Milk is a powerhouse of nutrition, and it’s so easy to make.

If you’re a busy person, eating healthy, well-balanced meals tailored to your current diet can be very difficult. Lots of us are preparing food in advance, to help us survive the oncoming assault of tasks that will burden us throughout the week. Even so, we still need some fast, nutritious add-ins.

Hemp milk is a simple and tasty addition to almost any diet. You can use it to add nutrition to everyday foods. Hemp milk is great in protein shakes, you can substitute it for dairy milk in cereal, or simply drink it directly with a little added honey.

A sealed mason jar of fresh hemp milk sits on a windowsill. Hemp milk is easy to make with just a few ingredients, and fun to customize too!

Hemp milk is easy to make with just a few ingredients, and fun to customize too! (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Ellijah Pickering)

Below we outline the advantages of adding hemp milk into your diet, and how to make Ministry of Hemp’s version!

WHAT ARE THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF HEMP MILK?

Hemp is a superfood among superfoods. The little shelled seed is easily digestible, nutrient rich, and is a tasty addition to pretty much everything. Hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids, which are highly-important because our bodies cannot produce them. In addition to the Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids, the seeds contain plant-based fats, antioxidants, fiber, and even natural chlorophyll. On top of all, the seeds are extremely easy to digest, requiring very low amounts of energy to digest. As we’ve written about before, hemp is perfect for keto diets.

This is what makes hemp milk so special, because it carries all the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds in a different form. Hemp milk makes it even easier to consume this little superseed.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HEMP MILK

All you’ll need is the following ingredients:

  • Shelled hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts (1 Cup)
  • Water (3 cups)
  • Salt (a pinch)
  • Sweetener (to taste)

We like to use pitted dates or organic raw honey to sweeten our hemp milk. Add as much as you want for these ingredients, as it depends on your taste. There’s lot of other possible ingredients, but these are key. Everything else added will be for flavor and personal taste, which is the best part!

Step 1: Put the shelled hemp seeds (1 cup) into your blender.

Since we’re using shelled hemp seeds, there is no need for us to soak the seeds or strain them after blending. I highly suggest using this since it is easier to make and has virtually no mess.

Step 2: Put the water into the blender.

This step is important for the thickness of your milk. I like to use a ratio of 3:1, water to hemp seeds. If you would like a thicker milk, use less water, and vice versa. Keep in mind that the more you make hemp milk (trust me you’ll want to make it all the time) the better you’ll become balancing the ratio.

Step 3: Add the salt for taste and as a preservative. Add your chosen sweetener and any other optional ingredients.

Step 4: Blend the ingredients together for 20-30 seconds.

And that’s it!

To make your own hemp milk, you'll combine hemp hearts, water, salt, and a natural sweetener in your blender. Seen here in bowls are fresh hemp milk, hemp seeds, and shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts).

To make your own hemp milk, you’ll combine hemp hearts, water, salt, and a natural sweetener in your blender.

SOME FUN WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR HEMP MILK

Aside from honey and pitted dates, you have a plethora of options for flavoring. You can use vanilla & cinnamon for a horchata-inspired milk. We’ve tried chocolate syrup for chocolate hemp milk, and you can even use strawberry syrup for strawberry flavored milk.

As with any recipe, keep practicing and work to make it your own. And in no time, you’ll be a hemp milk master!

Thanks to our reader, Marjorie H., for suggesting this article!

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Hemp For Keto: Why Hemp Protein Is Perfect For The Keto Diet

If you’re doing the ketogenic diet, and you haven’t tried hemp for keto, you’re missing out. Hemp seeds are perfect for keto, because they’re high in amino acids, fiber and essential fatty acids.

If you’re doing the ketogenic diet, and you haven’t tried hemp for keto, you’re missing out.

The ketogenic diet became a hit by flipping the popular notion of fat being detrimental to health on its head. So, how does hemp protein play into all of this?

Understanding the food that you eat and learning how it affects your body is important. Food directly affects your mood, energy levels, and most importantly, your health. Many modern health issues can be traced back to an incorrect food source and unhealthy eating habits. And with the emergence of processed foods, eating healthy has never been harder.

That’s why something like the keto diet has become so popular. Keto is an eating pattern that focuses on the omission of carbohydrates and the increased consumption of fats through oils and nuts. It’s a diet that questions our typical food source, and challenges us to try a different energy source for our bodies. Hemp is a perfect way to support this low-carb diet. Below are foods & recipes to incorporate more hemp into your diet, and get you those all-important fats while minimizing the caloric and carbohydrate cost.

Read more below on how hemp for keto is a match made in heaven.

Hemp for keto is a perfect choice due to hemp protein's incredible nutritional profile.

Hemp for keto is a perfect choice due to hemp protein’s incredible nutritional profile.

HEMP FOR KETO: HEMP IS YOUR NEW FAVORITE SUPERFOOD

Hemp seeds are a great option to take advantage of hemp’s unique nutritional profile for your keto diet. The seeds have the same advantages as hemp oil, as the oil is derived from the pressing of the seeds.

Hemp seeds/oil are rich in Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) that help create prostaglandins, which are chemicals that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature. Foods that contain GLA help people with blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and more.

The Ketogenic diet requires a low-carbs, so all foods derived from grain are out of the question. Which means no bread or pasta. This is a problem because most meals use grains as filler. Hemp seeds are an easy fix to this problem. Aside from adding cauliflower and broccoli to your diet, you can use hemp for keto because hemp seeds are especially satiating due to their high fiber content.

Hemp is great in achieving heart health. A healthy heart requires less sugar, plant-based proteins, and good natural fats. Hemp seeds contain all these things. The regular consumption of hemp seeds, along with whole foods that are nutrient-dense and have good fats will make your heart very happy!

The best part about hemp is its nutritional profile. One ounce of hemp seeds contains nine grams of protein, twelve grams of fat, and two grams of fiber. It also contains all twenty amino acids and all nine of the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce.

Hemp is a superfood. Not only is it high in protein and natural fats, but it’s low in calories and carbohydrates. It can help you feel fuller and taste delicious, all while coming from a completely natural source.

Smoothie ingredients on a counter, including hemp seeds. The keto diet focuses on low carbohydrate and high fat consumption, making hemp for keto a great option to ensure you get plenty of vital amino acids.

The keto diet focuses on low carbohydrate and high fat consumption, making hemp for keto a great option to ensure you get plenty of vital amino acids. (Photo credit: Ellijah Pickering)

HEMP RECIPES FOR THE KETO DIET

Hemp is not just a nutrient dense super-food, it can also be a tasty addition to your favorite recipes. A chewy and nutty tasting seed, it provides a great texture and taste to your dishes. Aside from the seed and oil additives, hemp is also made into milk and cheese substitutes. Listed below are some examples of delicious hemp for keto recipes!

There’s nothing better than starting your day off with a delicious breakfast. This recipe is not only tasty, but extremely easy to make! Perfect for when you’re still half-asleep and just need a little something to get you kickstarted for the day. An awesome mix of chia, flax, and hemp seed (a trio you need to be using), paired with creamy yogurt, crunchy granola and fresh blueberries then topped off with all-natural agave syrup.

If you’re on the keto diet be sure to substitute the granola with avocado or more hemp seeds and use plain yogurt (not that fat-free stuff).

A glass containing a freshly made smoothie. With just a few simple changes, many hemp recipes (like this smoothie) become keto diet friendly.

With just a few simple changes, many hemp recipes (like this smoothie) become keto diet friendly. (Photo credit: Ellijah Pickering)

Almost everyone loves Mediterranean food, so this hemp seed tabouli recipe will hit the spot. Parsley is chock-full of folic acid, vitamins A & C, and antioxidants. The recipe calls for a heaping dose of hemp-seeds, and the dressing is a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt.

Packed with 5 tablespoons of hemp seeds, or about 60 grams of fat, this is already a perfect hemp for keto recipe with no changes.

If you’re lazy like me, nutrient-dense smoothies are your go-to when you don’t feel like cooking. This recipe contains classic smoothie ingredients such as blueberry, bananas, and oatmeal. Then packs a nutrient-heavy punch with it’s hemp oil additive. Add another banana to thicken the smoothie which makes it more filling.

For Keto, I suggest replacing the water in the recipe with coconut milk or hemp milk and omitting granola.

For even more recipes, check out this list of recipes that highlight hemp use!

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Hemp Pesto Aioli & Hemp Tacos: Cooking With Hemp Way Foods

Sampling Carla Boyd’s cooking was one of the highlights of our recent visit to Denver. Boyd is the founder of Hemp Way Foods, a Colorado company. She shared two of her favorite recipes with us: hemp pesto aioli and hemp tacos.

Sampling Carla Boyd’s cooking, including her hemp pesto aioli, was one of the highlights of our recent visit to Denver.

Boyd is the founder of Hemp Way Foods, a Colorado company. People lined up to sample her hemp burgers, vegan hemp nachos, and hemp tacos at the NoCo Hemp Expo last month. After we tried her food, we knew we wanted to find out more and get a few recipes for our readers.

Hemp hearts are a key ingredient in Carla Boyd’s hemp pesto aioli, along with many other delicious recipes.

Hemp hearts are a key ingredient in Carla Boyd’s hemp pesto aioli, along with many other delicious recipes.

We spoke with Boyd by phone to learn how she discovered hemp. She also shared two of her recipes, which you’ll find below: her famous hemp pesto aioli and hemp tacos.

HEMP WAY FOODS CREATED AFTER HEMP HEALED ILLNESS

Boyd began investigating hemp as a food source because of severe digestive problems. Her quality of life suffered, and nothing else seemed to help.

“I was a walking skeleton at the time,” she described. “I wasn’t absorbing any nutrients.”

Boyd was already involved with hemp advocacy, “but I had never really focused on the food side.”

Further research into hemp’s nutritional benefits led to the creation of her first product, a hemp burger.

“People started asking for it and wanted to buy it,” she recalled. “I never planned to have a food company; it’s almost like the company chose me.”

Hemp seeds are rich in antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory substances. Hemp protein is also one of the most easily available and digestible proteins in the plant world. Boyd believes all of this contributed to making hemp easier for her body to process and use.

As Boyd’s health improved, the company grew with her. Four years later, Hemp Way Foods offers both the burger and hemp crumbles, which come in both original and sriracha pepper flavors. Both the hemp burger and hemp crumbles are vegan and free from common allergens like gluten, corn and soy. Hemp Way products are found in about a dozen restaurants and retail locations in Colorado, with plans to go national in the works.

Along the way, Boyd received the enthusiastic support of other hemp industry advocates and entrepreneurs.

“In the hemp world, there’s definitely a camaraderie,” she said.

Fresh basil and hemp hearts mix to create heavenly flavor in Carla Boyd’s hemp pesto aioli.

Fresh basil and hemp hearts mix to create heavenly flavor in Carla Boyd’s hemp pesto aioli.

HEMP PESTO AIOLI RECIPE

Recipes by Carla Boyd, Hemp Way Foods

Ingredients:

  • 1 12 oz. jar mayonnaise
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts (any brand)
  • 1 tsp. sriracha for added kick
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Combine Hemp Way Foods’ hemp burger crumbles with hemp pesto aioli and other fresh ingredients for a delicious taco dinner.

Combine Hemp Way Foods’ hemp burger crumbles with hemp pesto aioli and other fresh ingredients for a delicious taco dinner. (Carla Boyd / Hemp Way Foods)

Directions: De-stem basil leaves. Blend all ingredients together and refrigerate. Hemp pesto aioli can be used as a sauce or spread in almost any dish.

HEMP TACOS WITH HEMP WAY FOODS’ CRUMBLES

Ingredients:

Directions: Defrost crumbles in a skillet with small amount of oil to crisp (1 tsp.). Stir all ingredients together and toast in the pan. Toast crumbles to desired crispness (about 8-10 minutes). Serve in corn tortillas with hemp pesto aioli on top.

 

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47 Proven Ways to Beat Your Anxiety & Stress

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James   Life is more stressful than ever. According to one research, our stress…

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

 

Life is more stressful than ever. According to one research, our stress levels have increased by almost 30% in the last three decades.

WHY SO MUCH STRESS?

people live with full of anxiety and stress

We all have different sources of stress, yet it seems like the advent of new technologies (i.e. smartphones, social media), ever increasing global competition, and this “success at all cost” oriented culture are just a few root causes. We live in a world where we’re connected with everyone 24/7. Quite literally, we are sending tweets, snaps, texts, emails in every waking moment. This hyper-connectivity brings about a level of communal stress and pressure that’s unprecedented.

Our addiction to social media and work has made us evermore prone to stress and anxiety. We constantly compare our lives and achievements with those of friends and family. After reading through everyones’ updates on their engagements, promotions, vacations, and weddings, it’s easy to wonder…”Why is my life so shitty?”

To keep up with this never-ending race, we try to send the best snapchats, write the perfect caption for Instragram posts, or figure out a way to perfectly express our thoughts in 140 characters. Once you post a picture, you find yourself constantly refreshing your screen, waiting for those “likes” that’ll validate your awesome post and popularity.

WHAT DOES DAILY ANXIETY & STRESS MEAN?

Hyper-connectivity and increased social pressure are making us suffer increased daily anxiety and stress. We are becoming increasingly impatient, always worried about the next thing on our to-do list, and comparing ourselves to our colleagues who seem to be moving up in life and have everything figured out. Being ambitious is great. Having a big life goal is commendable. But when is everything just too much?

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES?

The short term and long term consequences of chronic stress can be severe. In the short term, you’ll notice that you’re more antsy, agitated, and worried. You’ll lose sleep, feel demotivated, and always worried about things you can’t control. This’ll affect your relationships, your health, and overall well-being. Long term, this could lead to poor health, depression, anxiety disorder, and much more.

too much anxiety can lead to depression

So what are some ways you can reduce your daily anxiety? How can you make yourself forget about your worries and focus on what matters? Here’s the top recommendations based off research, proven evidence, and testimonials. To make it easier for you to navigate, we have grouped them into 7 different categories.

Tip: Don’t try to follow all of these tips, since that’ll be impossible and you’ll quickly find yourself more frustrated. We recommend trying one or two at a time from different categories and figuring our what works best for you.

CATEGORIES


    Nutrition & Diet

  1. Eat Right & Simple – eat simple, routine items
  2. eat a healthy breakfast to reduce anxiety

    Establishing a set routine for your diet can help reduce anxiety. Eating simple foods can help with your daily routine in that it avoids any upset stomachs, which only makes your daily stress worse. Eating a simple dish of oatmeal or eggs in the morning and packing your lunch could be easy ways to make your day (and body) more stress-free.

    Tip: Avoid processed food! Processed food not only ruins your appetite, but it also makes you crave more junk food – ultimately leading to more frequent upset stomachs.

  3. Take Hemp CBD Oil
  4. Taking CBD Oil is one of the best ways to beat anxiety

    Various peer-reviewed studies and multiple anecdotal evidence show that the cannabinoids found in cannabis can help in treating conditions such as anxiety and depression. Among the different cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly becoming the most popular compound, as it is the second most abundant chemical found in the plant. Plus, it has no psychoactive properties, so anyone can take it without having to worry about getting “high”. Learn More

  5. Carry Around A Snack
  6. Most of lose our patience much quicker when we get hungry. We get more easily frustrated and even angry when something (or somebody) is holding things up when you’re hungry. Avoid all this by simply carrying a snack in your bag. Pack an energy bar, or even a small chocolate, that could tide your hunger until your next meal.

    Tip: Try having a bag of hemp seeds near your desk or work area. They’re a great source of protein, vitamins, and your essential fatty acids. A handful of hemp seeds could keep your hunger at bay for hours! Read Hemp Seed Reviews

  7. Drink Tea (Or any hot beverage)
  8. One of the easiest ways to calm down your mood and anxiety is by drinking a hot beverage. However, drinking too much caffeine could actually backfire on you, so make sure to mix it up with some green or black tea. Give lavender tea a try, as it is known to help with calmness and anxiety.

    Drinking tea can help reduce stress

    If you don’t like tea, you could even just drink hot water.

    Tip: Check out the Top 5 Herbal Teas to help kill your anxiety

  9. Drink More Water
  10. Dehydration could easily become a source of agitation and anxiety. A lot of times, you won’t even know you’re dehydrated until it’s too late. If you drink coffee or take caffeine pills, caffeine makes things much worse when you’re dehydrated. You’ll get lightheaded, dizzy, and even nauseous by not drinking enough water. Chug a glass a water every morning when you wake up, and you’ll notice a positive difference throughout your day.

  11. Eat Superfoods (like hemp seeds)
  12. Superfoods can help maintain a healthy lifestyle

    Not sure what to eat for snacks? Give superfoods a try. Hemp seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds are all great options to have at the side of your desk. If you don’t want to munch on chips, just grab a handful of hemp seeds and eat them. You’ll be surprising how quickly filling they are. Plus, they offer you all sorts of vitamins and minerals, which will help with your general health.

    Tips: Hemp Seeds VS Flax Seeds VS Chia seeds

  13. Eat Omega 3s
  14. Studies have shown that there is a link between anxiety and Omega 3 fats. Low levels of Omega 3s have shown to lead to higher probability of anxiety and depression. Other empirical facts show that we see much lower rates of depression and anxiety in countries where fish consumption is high.

    Tip: Top 10 foods highest in Omega 3

  15. Cut down on caffeine (especially after lunch)
  16. Drinking a lot of caffeine can cause anxiety. Losing a good night sleep due to too much caffeine can cause matters to get a lot worse. Cut off your coffee after lunch and try to get a good night sleep. Life will become much better.


    Fitness & Exercise

    Physical activity can be the easiest (and quickest) way to alleviate your anxiety. There’s probably no better feeling than the moment after you get done working out or after you come back from a run. Do this regularly and it can be your go-to source to alleviate daily stress.

  17. Do Some Yoga
  18. You don’t necessarily have to pay those expensive rates to do yoga. Just search for top yoga videos online and get your body (and mind) in the zone and see what a difference a yoga session can make.

  19. Stretch
  20. Make sure to stretch every morning to get rid of any stiffness

    Doing some stretching in the mornings can make a world of difference. Make a 2-3 minute stretching a part of your morning routine and you’ll notice how much fresher your body feels throughout the rest of the day.

  21. Go On A Run
  22. There’s probably nothing better than to plug in some earphones, block out the rest of the world, and go on a run. It really helps you forget about your immediate worries and feel great after you sweat everything out. You also start thinking about anything and everything, which can help you get your mind off things that are stressing you out.

    Tip: Start with something easy. How about a 10 min jog around the block?

  23. Work Out
  24. Working out is a great way to beat anxiety

    Lifting heavy things can help put things in perspective. Your work problems seem less disastrous after doing a heavy set of pushing and pulling. Turn off your smartphone and give it all you got for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

    Tip: Don’t have a gym membership? No problem! There’s plenty of body workouts you can do at home.

  25. Take a walk during your breaks
  26. Don’t just go get coffee with your coworker during a break. Go for a walk on your own. The physical action of walking + the silence can help you think things through and come up with new insights that you probably wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

    Tip: You could even try listening to some podcasts

    Take walks to reflect and calm down


    Activities/Hobbies

  27. Set a goal with your extracurricular activities
  28. Life can get toxic if everything is just about work. Make yourself focus on something other than work. Get yourself involved in some type of extracurricular activity and really get into it. Make some goals that are hard yet attainable. (i.e. sign up for a marathon)

  29. Plan a Hang Out Night
  30. Having a fun night out with friends is a great way to forget about any worries

    Silence and meditation is great. But you also need to find some time to let things go and have fun. Make sure to plan a night out with your friends a couple times a month.

    Tip: Board games are a great way to get your friends together without the stress of having to go out and spend money

  31. Find Healthy Distractions
  32. Find distractions other than your smartphone (and social media). If you find yourself always getting on Facebook and scrolling through the random newsfeed, it’s time for you to think of something else. Keep a book by you at all times. Or read through a Medium post instead of getting on Instagram. You’ll find that it’s a much better experience than seeing the obnoxious memes and “I’m awesome” posts you see on social media.

  33. Learn a Hobby
  34. Whenever he felt stuck with his work, Albert Einstein took out his violin and played his favorite pieces. This habit actually helped him make breakthroughs in his work as it allowed him to forget about the problem for a bit, and then revisit it another time.

    A musical instrument is a healthy way to forget your stress

    Constantly worrying about a problem is not going to help you solve it any better or faster. Try taking your mind off of it for a while by engaging in a healthy habit.

    Tip: Here are some great ideas for a hobby: drawing, reading, playing an instrument, playing mind-stimulating games.

  35. Plan a night in (don’t go out!)
  36. Going out and partying every weekend can get old quickly. Going out on Friday, Saturday nights to forget about your woes during the weekdays can quickly make matters worse. You’ll feel even more tired during the week, so your anxiety level will only increase. Trying to overcome that through alcohol and partying is only a temporary bandaid.

  37. Clean up your area (or your house)
  38. Having a messy surrounding can only aggravate your mental state. Whenever you take a break, try to take a minute to clean up your surrounding. The processing of cleaning and tidying can actually be quite therapeutic. Plus, you’ll feel much better when you come back to your desk or home.


    Personal Routines

  39. Get Good Sleep
  40. Getting a good night sleep is a great way to beat daily anxiety

    The difference of your mood can be quite drastic depending on how you sleep. Make sure to set a routine on when you go to bed. Try to make your bedroom as sleep-friendly as possible. Close your blinds, get rid of any noise, and invest in a quality mattress.

    Tip: Having a hard time falling asleep? Close your eyes and slowly count to 100.

  41. Find Quiet Time (Meditate)
  42. It doesn’t matter if you work at home, in an office, or at a retail store. Try to find at least 10-15 minutes of quiet time during the day. Go into the bathroom stall if that’s the only place where it’s quiet. Just close your eyes and try to think of nothing for as long as possible.

  43. Play (and have fun!)
  44. As we grow up, we tend to forget how to “play”. Like to really play like how children run around in the playground. It’s really a shame. This might be quite hard, but try to find a way to really go have fun and let loose.

    Tip: Join some intramural soccer / softball leagues!

  45. Plan Your Day The Night Before
  46. If you don’t know what you’re doing that day until you wake up, things might easily overwhelm you. Always try to plan out the day the night before to see what the “big” things you need to get done the next day.

  47. Try Breathing Slower
  48. Do you feel like it’s harder to breathe when you feel overwhelmed? Try taking regular breaks to go outside and get fresh air. Intaking oxygen can really help clear up your mind. A study has shown that localized CO2 can become concentrated and mildly increase anxiety because the CO2 ratio change can signal to the body that it is suffocating.

  49. Get Rid of Clutter
  50. Keeping your desk clean is a great way to keep your mind clean

    Keeping your surroundings clean can go a long way in making you feel motivated while also lowering your anxiety. According to researchers, a messy surrounding can actually prevent the natural decline in cortisol that occurs over the course of the day. Keep your desk clean and you’ll keep your mind clean ????

  51. Wake up 15 minutes earlier
  52. How many of us gets up from bed to realize we’re barely going to make it to work on time? The morning scramble of brushing your teeth and getting dressed ASAP ensues. In the short span of 20-30 minutes of waking up and getting to work, you have already increased your anxiety and stress level to a whole new level. Think of the opposite scenario if you force yourself to wake up 15 minutes earlier? You can fix yourself a nice breakfast and maybe even do some stretching before starting your day.

  53. Create a Budget
  54. Control your budget to reduce your anxiety

    Financial stress can be your main source of stress. With recent graduates coming out of school with an average of $37K in debt, it’s no wonder people are stressed. The new generation is literally starting with a disadvantage. One way you can manage the stress that comes from money is by having a monthly budget. Knowing where your money is going can make a world of different in terms of stress.

    Tips: Use apps like YNAB and make sure you check in on it at the beginning or end of every month.

  55. Vent! Let your feelings out. Talk to someone
  56. Meditation, reading, and going on walks are all great for reflection and to think. But sometimes, when things are bothering you, you just have to talk it out with someone. Don’t hesitate to confide with your close friends or family. Just don’t overdo this one where you start gossiping (that could make things actually more stressful)

  57. Have a set morning routine
  58. Having some “solo” time established in the morning can help you get your day started off right. Establish a routine that works best for you. Wake up, take a walk, eat some breakfast, read the morning news. This is YOUR time – do what will make you happy and get you ready for the day.

  59. Read for 15-20 min in the morning
  60. Reading can really help take your mind off things or help you get motivated. If you engage in self-help books or biographies in the morning, it could be a great way for you to prepare for your big to-dos later in the day.

    Tips: Use apps like GoodReads to discover books that you’ll love

    Reading each morning is a great way to beat anxiety

  61. Read 20-30 minutes before going to bed
  62. Can’t go to bed? Too many things worrying you? Read! If you have a lot bothering you, pick up a novel that could absorb your mind. If you just need something to help you get to bed, you could also engage in some more tactical books that could help tire your brain.

  63. Write in a journal every morning about your anxiety
  64. Why not write down your worries? It’s good to reflect and maybe even to share your feelings with your closed ones. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than just writing it all down.

    Tip: Use apps like Evernote to write down your thoughts from anywhere

  65. Listen to soothing music when you get in bed
  66. Want to get all that noise and worries out of your head? Try plugging in some headphones and block it all out with some soothing music. Pick some soothing music that will put you in a calm mood (avoid rap music!)

  67. Establish a regular bowel routine
  68. Maintaining a regular bowel routine can help reduce stress

    This might sound silly, but it makes sense that establishing a regular bowel routine would help your anxiety. If you have an upset stomach, or are constipated, or are never sure when your next bowel movement might come, you’re gonna be conscious of it and it’s going to stress you out. You probably don’t need any more stress with everything that’s already going on in life.

    Eat simple, routine food and establish a set time when you use the bathroom!


    Technology / Work

  69. Get Off Social Media
  70. Turn off your social media

    Check around you. How many of your friends and family members are always on their phones? Aimlessly scrolling through one app after another. Constantly going through your newsfeed can only add to your stress as you see superficial posts of your friends bragging about their accomplishments and their perfect lives.

    Tip: Just delete social media apps from your phone. It’s that easy!

  71. Turn off notifications
  72. You want to focus and enjoy whatever you’re doing at the moment. Don’t let your phone disturb you. Turn off notifications from social media or emails. Is there anything worse than ruining your family dinner by getting an crappy email from your boss?

  73. Stop watching television (especially reality TV)
  74. Reality TV was born to glorify and dramatize the superficial lives of other people. Don’t feed into it.

  75. Only check your email during certain hours of the day
  76. Emails can be a big source of distraction (and anxiety). Don’t let it keep bothering you throughout the day. Disable its notification and only check it during certain times of the day. You’ll find life and work to be much more peaceful.


    Attitude

  77. Get Yourself to smile
  78. A new study by University of Kansas psychologists that will soon be published in the journal Psychological Science indicates that smiling can actually reduce stress and help us feel better. Try to smile more often. Are you finding it hard to smile? Turn on some sitcoms or a stand up comedy show in the evenings to relax and laugh.

  79. Visualize Something Positive
  80. Just by visualizing a positive outcome will increase the likelihood of its happening. Visualize the success of your afternoon presentation or your next sales meeting. Notice how it makes a difference.

  81. Surround Yourself With Optimistic People
  82. Hanging out with friends and smiling can help improve your anxiety

    Negative people will automatically affect your attitude and make you see the world in a negative lens. They’ll drain your energy and actually discouraging you from taking action a lot of times. They’ll say “it won’t work” or “you’re wasting your time”. If anybody says that, just avoid them.

  83. Put Things In Perspective
  84. Is your boss stressing you out? Did you miss a deadline? Whatever is causing your anxiety, try to put things in perspective. There’s a lot worse that could happen. At least you weren’t born in Syria or North Korea. Seriously.

  85. Don’t gossip
  86. Gossiping is the equivalent of having a negative attitude. It’s all fine to vent out your frustration once in a while. But don’t let that lead to gossiping. Gossiping with coworkers or friends can only lead to more headaches in the future. Let your friends know you don’t want to gossip. Change the topic of the conversation and they’ll get the idea.

  87. Set daily “big” goals (rather than a lot of menial tasks)
  88. You don’t have to try to conquer the world every day by completing tens of different tasks. Set a few BIG goals that you can realistically accomplish. Setting too many goals for the day can cause extra stress when you can’t get to all of them. There’s no worse feeling than having to push things off to tomorrow.


    Rejuvenation

    At times, your body might just be mentally and physically exhausted, making it hard for you to be motivated or optimistic. Find ways to rejuvenate your mind and body.

  89. Get a massage
  90. This could turn into an expensive habit, but gift yourself a massage every once in a while. Feel and embrace the total relaxation of your muscles!

  91. Get a haircut
  92. Getting a haircut is a great way to increase your self-confidence

    Having confidence in yourself is a great way to reduce daily stress. When you look good, you feel good. Go get yourself a haircut, style your hair, and feel good about yourself!

  93. Take a hot bath with epsom salts
  94. Had a crappy day at work? Come home and prepare yourself a hot bath! There’s nothing better than just forgetting everything and laying in the bath.

    Or… find a way to take a bath in nature like this guy!

    Take a bath in nature and relax

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Hemp vs Flax vs Chia: Who is the Seed King?

Superfoods are blowing up. Just walk down your local grocery store and you’ll find a wide variety of different nuts, fruits, and seeds in the health section that offer large…

Superfoods are blowing up. Just walk down your local grocery store and you’ll find a wide variety of different nuts, fruits, and seeds in the health section that offer large doses of protein, antioxidants, omegas, vitamins, and minerals. Among these foods, hemp, flax, and chia seeds are becoming some of the most popular items. They’re easy to add to our daily foods, quite savory, and relatively affordable.

hemp vs flax vs chia

hemp vs chia vs flax

All this sounds great – but how are they different? Are they all equally good? Is one better than the other? How do you which one is the best value? Which one do I buy?

When there’s a surplus of options, it’s easy for us to be unsure which is the best choice. From the research we’ve done, we can say that there’s no one perfect option that is the king of all superfoods. All options are great. Yet, we still want to make it easier for you to choose, depending on what you’re looking for. So here’s our breakdown of the seeds:

In our research, we broke it down to four categories:

  • Taste
  • Nutrition
  • Price
  • Ways to Eat Them

Read our review in full or check out the categories that matter to you most. Either way, we hope this post will help you get a better sense of which seed is the best choice for you.

TASTE

  • HEMP
  • Hemp seeds have a pleasant nutty taste that could be compared to unflavored sunflower seeds, but with a much softer texture.

  • FLAX
  • There are two different types of flaxseeds: Golden and Brown. Both of them have similar nutrition profiles. Golden flaxseeds tend to be smooth and nutty, whereas brown flaxseeds have more earthy undertones. More people tend to prefer golden to brown.

  • CHIA
  • When eaten dry, chia tastes a bit like a poppy seed. It is dense, small and crunchy. Soaked chia seeds absorb liquid and become very plump, sweet and soft like tapioca pearls, and can be used much in the same way.

Winner: None.

There’s no seed that tastes better than the other. It’s strictly a personal preference of what taste you prefer. One thing to note is that all these seeds don’t have a strong taste. Rather, their tastes are all quite subtle. This is the reason why all of them are great as an additive. They won’t be overpowering.

NUTRITION

hemp vs chia vs flax


Hemp vs Flax vs Chia: Comparison Chart

SeedHEMPFLAXCHIA
Protein10g5g4g
Fiber2g4g5g
OmegasOmega 3: 1000mg
Omega 6: 2500mg
Omega 3: 2300mg
Omega 6: 600mg
Omega 3: 2400mg
Omega 6: 800mg
Carbs3g8g12g
Vitamins & Mineralsvitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymesvitamin B1, vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, iron, potassium, copper and zincvitamin B, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, boron, and niacin


Winner: Hemp Seeds.

When considering nutrients across the board, hemp seeds offer the most variety. Specifically, hemp seeds offer a superior amount of protein per serving compared to its competitors. Additionally, although not noted in the table, hemp seeds offer both GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). GLA is a fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. CLA is a building block of cell membranes.

Support the growth of hemp in the US by shopping for hemp seeds! Discover the top hemp seeds through our Hemp Seeds Review.

PRICE

  • Hemp – $9-$15 per lb
  • Flax – $5-$10 per lb
  • Chia – $4-$6 per lb

Winner: Chia Seeds.

If you’re looking for the best value, Chia seeds is your best bet. You’ll get the most amount of chia seeds for your money. However, before deciding the most volume, think about what you’re trying to gain from eating these seeds. If you’re looking for more protein, it might make sense to spend a bit more on hemp seeds as you’ll get more protein per serving.

WAYS TO EAT THEM

superfood seeds comparison

One of the main reasons these seeds are so popular is because they can be eaten in so many different ways. They can be considered as a seasoning or additive that you can add to your daily meals. There’s not a specific way that each seed are used. Rather, all of them can be used in similar ways. Here are some of the most popular ways add seeds into your diet:

  • Eat a spoonful raw as a quick snack
  • Mix them into your smoothie
  • Sprinkle on top of cereal, salads, yogurt, or even oatmeal
  • Substitute the seeds for breadcrumbs to coat chicken or fish
  • Ground the seeds to use them as condiments

Here are some specific ways each seeds can be used:

  • Hemp
  • – Blend with water to make hemp seed milk
    – Toasted hemp seeds can be eaten like popcorn

  • Chia
  • – Chia has a unique texture that makes it similar to tapioca (boba tea) when mixed in water. Try combining it with a chilled green tea and fruit juice.

SO WHO WINS?

It’s hard to say one type of seed is the best. It really depends on what you’re looking for.

Most nutritious? Hemp seeds
Best value? Chia seeds

But all in all, you won’t go wrong with any of these seeds. They’re all a great to add some great nutrition to our daily foods. Bon appétit!

If you are interested in trying one of the best hemp seeds on the market, we recommend checking out our Unbiased Hemp Seed Review . You can also check out hemp seed based Hemp Protein Reviews and Hemp Seed Oil Reviews.

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Top 3 Hemp Seed Brands on Amazon

How do you know which brand to choose for hemp seeds? Hemp seeds are exploding as a favorite pick for healthy, organic foodies to add to their daily diet. With…

How do you know which brand to choose for hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are exploding as a favorite pick for healthy, organic foodies to add to their daily diet. With an amazing balance of protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, and variety of minerals, hemp could be the supplement that you’ve been looking for.

If you’re curious to learn about the full set of benefits, check out our infographic on “Top 7 Benefits of Hemp Seeds

hemp seeds

For those who are looking to try hemp seeds for the first time, the easiest place to check out is Amazon. Like every other product category, Amazon offers a wide arrange of brands and options for you to choose. But, how do you know which ones to trust and which ones offer the best value?

To make things easier for you, we’ve tried and tested all the hemp seed brands available on Amazon to help you get the best value in your next hemp seed purchase. First, we’ll go ahead and tell you what our top recommendations are, and then break it down to show you how we came to our conclusion. Hope you’ll find this resource useful as you shop for your next superfood.

Best Quality – Manitoba Harvest

manitoba harvest hemp seeds are the best quality hemp seeds we have reviewed

You can tell the quality of hemp seeds by their looks, smells and taste. Fresh hulled hemp seeds should be mostly white. You can tell how good the batch of hemp seeds are by seeing how many of the seeds are darker colored. Also, fresh hemp seeds should have a strong nutty aroma while having a fresh grassy to nutty flavor. If the bag doesn’t smell all that much and the seeds don’t really taste like anything, that is a sign that they’re stale and old seeds.

All the brands that we tried were high quality, but Manitoba Harvest was clearly our favorite. This is clearly shown in their customer reviews as well, with an average of 4.7 stars on Amazon.

Their superior quality makes sense considering how they make their hemp seeds. Manitoba Harvest is the only hemp consumer brand that grows, makes and sells its own line of hemp foods. This gives them a distinct advantage over their competitors. Through vertical integration, they are able to tightly control their quality during the planting, cultivation, and packaging stages.

Best Price – Just Hemp Foods

Just Hemp Foods offers the best price for hemp seeds

If you’ve shopped for hemp seeds on Amazon, you would have noticed that hemp seeds typically all have amazing reviews. Also, since they are all raw hemp seeds, the nutritional content is the same across the board. So, we comparing the price per pound for each brand to see which brand offers the best value.

From our review, we found that Just Hemp Foods offers the best value for cost conscious customers who use hemp seeds on a regular basis.

These are the price per pound for each brand:

  1. Just Hemp Foods – $8.99 per lb
  2. Healthworks – $9.99 per lb
  3. Manitoba Harvest – $11.04 per lb
  4. The Raw Food World – $12.95 per lb
  5. Nutiva – $13.38 per lb
  6. Terrasoul – $15.32 per lb
  7. Navitas – $13.93 per lb
  8. Sun Pyramid – $22.02 per lb

Best Online Reviews – Nutiva

Nutiva hempseeds have the best customer reviews

All the hemp seed brands have raving reviews, mainly because they source their hemp seeds from Canada, where hemp is cultivated without using any pesticides or fertilizers. But comparing the online reviews, Nutiva comes out as king, as it has over 1300 reviews with an average rating of 4.8 stars. But as you see in the list, you’ll find all these brands to offer high quality hemp seeds:

  1. Nutiva – 4.8 stars (1,267 reviews)
  2. Manitoba Harvest – 4.7 (1930 reviews)
  3. Just Hemp Foods – 4.8 stars (473 reviews)
  4. Healthworks – 4.8 stars (330 reviews)
  5. The Raw Food World – 4.8 stars (172 reviews)
  6. Sun Pyramid – 4.8 stars (30 reviews)
  7. Terrasoul – 4.7 stars (94 reviews)
  8. Navitas – 4.5 stars (124 reviews)

How To Tell The Good From The Bad

With our guide and by checking out more online reviews, you can feel pretty safe with whatever decision you make. Yet, if you still want to check whether the seeds you received are good quality, here’s a good rule of thumb:

Good:

  • Mostly white nut – less than 50% green on the nut
  • Low number of off colour (yellow) seed
  • Fresh, nutty aroma
  • Flavor ranges from slight fresh, herbal, grassy to nutty

Bad:

  • More yellow colour seeds than white
  • Dry feeling in the mouth
  • Bitter or chalky aftertaste

The following guidelines were provided by Hemp Oil Canada, one of the leading producers of hemp seeds in Canada.

To help you see the full comparison among the top 5 brands, please reference the table below:
 

BrandOriginOrganic?PriceAvg Reviews
Just Hemp FoodsCanadaNo$8.99 per lb 4.8/5.0 (450+ reviews)
Manitoba HarvestCanadaOffers Both Options$11.04 per lb4.7/5.0 (1900+ reviews)
NutivaCanadaYes$13.38 per lb4.7/5.0 (1200+ reviews)
TerrasoulCanadaYes$15.32 per lb4.7/5.0 (94 reviews)
NavitasCanadaYes$13.93 per lb4.5/5.0 (124 reviews)

 
We hope this guide helps you in your next purchase of hemp seeds! If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at support@ministryofhemp.com.
 

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Hippie Butter is bringing back honest & healthy food

With a motto of “Make it a Hippie Day!”, Hippie Butter’s mission is to offer customers healthy foods and to work to leave a healthier planet for our future generations….

With a motto of “Make it a Hippie Day!”, Hippie Butter’s mission is to offer customers healthy foods and to work to leave a healthier planet for our future generations.

Ministry of Hemp sits down with Brad Ervin, founder and Chief Hemp Officer of Hippie Butter – a food company offering hemp products ranging from hemp seed bars, protein, to even hemp coffee!

hippie butter logo photo

We got the opportunity to chat with Brad to learn more about what got him so passionate about hemp and what makes consumers so addicted to Hippie Butter products.

Tell me a little bit about where you’re from and about the hemp community there?

Brad Ervin: I live the bucolic life on 5 acres in Kauffman County, Texas. We ARE the hemp community out here. We’re Hippie-Buttering practically 24/7 around these parts. Early mornings start with a pot of Hemp Seed Coffee as we yawn, stretch, feed the chickens, donkeys, dogs, cats, fish and tackle overnight emails.

We drink Hemp Seed Protein Powder smoothies while we connect with more than 500,000 folks through social media – FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Linkedin. We take time for lunch and meditation. The rest of the day, evening and late night is spent working on our website, writing blogs, answering phone calls, taking orders, creating content and advertising graphics with lots of breaks for walking and playing with our dogs. No wonder we’re so happy!

Oh, yeah, I forgot to add that we do it all without having to wear a business suit, tie or pantyhose. (My wife, Melete, added the pantyhose part). Um, now it sounds like we don’t wear clothes. I meant to say that we get to dress comfortably as we go about work, which adds to our hempy happiness factor.

What’s your background before Hippie Butter? Why are you so passionate about hemp?

BE: I’m a former chef, 25-year rock ‘n’ roll sound engineer and now the Chief Hemp Officer of Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Products. As I toured the world with artists like George Strait, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, and many others, I discovered the “superfood,” hemp seeds.


hippie butter founder brad ervin

During a tour in Canada, I became sick and exhausted from too many long hours and bad food, which is so common in the entertainment industry, and I stopped for a snack at a convenience store that happened to carry hemp seeds. When I tried some, I fell in love with the nutty, crunchy taste, and started eating a handful a day. It wasn’t long before I was feeling more energized, less stressed, and had a heightened sense of well-being.

Hemp seeds were too good to keep to myself, so I took some home to share with my wife, Melete, who is a thyroid patient. She also found that hemp seeds made her feel better, by increasing her energy and sense of well-being! She passed them along to her friends and before we knew it, people were clamoring for my hemp seeds–I couldn’t keep up with the demand!

“There should be a company that makes a wide variety of high-quality hemp seed products in America!”

When I started buying hemp seeds by the case, the problem I ran into was finding a U.S. company that actually carried them. Finding quality hemp seeds was next to impossible, so I thought to myself, ‘There should be a company that makes a wide variety of high-quality hemp seed products in America!’ My wife agreed and that was the “lightbulb” moment five years ago which prompted us to launch Hippie Butter!

What’s your vision and mission?

Our motto, “Make it a Hippie Day!”

  1. We never forget our root passion: HEMP!
  2. We adhere to our mission statement – “To develop, process, package, promote and deliver a growing line of delicious, nutritious, organic gourmet hemp seed foods, beverages, skin care/hair care and CBD products for people who live a natural lifestyle, love healthy foods and work to leave a healthy planet for future generations.”

How do you best describe Hippie Butter as a brand? If you could describe the essence of it, what would it be?

BE:Our products are Superfoods for Super Families and you can think of our brand as Happy. We do think of ourselves as the Happy Hippies of Hippie Butter and our logo IS a smiling, Hemp Seed whom we call, “Hempie” – she’s totally groovy!

We love what we do, we love connecting with our friends and customers through social media, events and festivals. We hope that our commitment to healthy, happy people and hempy foods comes through in our social interactions and hemp seed products.

Out of the many products Hippie Butter offer, your dietary products such as hemp bars, hemp seed butter, and hemp coffee seem to be truly unique. How have customers taken to it?

“They love our hemp products because they’re non-GMO, THC-free, herbicide/pesticide-free, non processed and are the perfect alternatives for dairy, nut and flour”

BE: Once consumers try our free hemp seed samples, they’re immediately sold on how delicious hemp seed products are so it’s an easy transition for them to jump into our unique hemp seed food products. Moms are really our biggest proponents and customers; they love our hemp seed products because they’re non-GMO, THC-free, herbicide/pesticide-free, non processed and are the perfect alternatives for dairy, nut and flour.

Our Hemp Seed and Cacao Butter is the real mind-blower for our customers. Most people write and call us to say they eat it straight out of the jar. So do we.


hippie butter hemp seed butter

With hemp being such an amazing plant, why aren’t more companies and consumers aware of it? What are some of the biggest roadblocks and misconceptions?

BE: Our biggest roadblock is that most people don’t know about the plethora of benefits that the Hemp Plant offers. We combat this by teaching people that hemp seeds are delicious, healthy and legal. That’s why our main focus is on hemp education.

Hippie Butter’s multiple-platform, interactive website, and social media showcase educational, historical, and nutritional information about hemp seeds, as well as easy, step-by-step cooking videos that demonstrate methods to incorporate the healthy, nutty goodness of hemp seeds into your favorite family recipes. We also offer free hemp seed food samples so consumers can “try before they buy” (at www.freehempseedsamples.com.)


 

What’s the best part about being an entrepreneur in the hemp industry for you?

We love meeting people and seeing their excitement when we tell them about the greatness of the hemp plant.

BE: Our early successes came in the formation of personal relationships with Hemp Industry experts. I was fortunate to have several phone conversations with the phenomenal Jack Herer – author of the most influential book of my life, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.”


Jack was an enthusiastic mentor who gave us our “reason to be” along with the inspiration and confidence to continue following our Hemp Seed Dreams. Jack encouraged us to meet more of the “movers & shakers” in the hemp community who became our friends, mentors and educators: we truly found our “tribe.” These early successes keep us steadfast.

Have there been any obstacles along the way that have taught you valuable lessons? Any that you’d like to share?

BE: Stay away from the temptation of inexpensive Chinese hemp products! ALL of our hemp seed products have ALWAYS come from hemp fields grown in North America. We are working directly with Colorado and Kentucky hemp farmers planning future hemp products. America, yeah!

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

BE: Hippie Butter embraces Jeff Hunter’s” Evolutionary Business” philosophy, which he so eloquently defines as:

“the new socially responsible business… in the process of re-examining basic assumptions about mission, vision and values and distributing ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions throughout the business culture to support this new way of being and operating. It is the reintegration of spirit and matter, of business and compassion, of head and heart, of conscious management and the feminine archetype in business and of a sense of love and play along with the mandate of making a profit so that these activities can thrive.”

–Jeff Hutner, The Birth of Evolutionary Business

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Brad, this was truly informative and I love the work you’re doing with Hippie Butter. I’m looking forward to seeing what new hemp products you develop!

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7 Things To Consider When Buying Hemp Seeds

If you’ve decided to give hemp seeds a try, you’ll quickly find out that there’s a lot of options you can choose from. It’s easy to get confused after searching…

top things to consider when buying hemp seeds

If you’ve decided to give hemp seeds a try, you’ll quickly find out that there’s a lot of options you can choose from. It’s easy to get confused after searching for options online, as there are many smaller boutique brands that you might not have heard of.

We’re here to help.

Here’s the top 7 things to consider when buying hemp seeds:

  1. What kind of hemp seeds do I want?
  2. Where was the hemp grown?
  3. What the hemp taste like?
  4. What brand should I buy from?
  5. Who offers the best price?
  6. Who has the best reviews?
  7. What are different ways to eat raw hemp seeds?

Now, let’s start breaking these down one by one.

1. What kind of hemp seeds should you buy?

Hulled hemp, often called hemp hearts, is the entire hemp seed with the crunchy outer shell removed. Removing the shell also makes the hemp hearts more nutritious, as it increases the overall percentage of protein and essential fatty acids.

toasted hemp seeds
Toasted hemp seeds are whole hemp seeds that are roasted in high temperatures for a varied length of time. This results in a popcorn like snack that makes it easy to snack on.

In addition to hulled & toasted hemp seeds, producers add hemp seeds as a key ingredient to hemp bars or spreads.

Depending on how you want to eat hemp seeds, you have many choices to choose from.

2. Check where the hemp seeds are from

For good edible hemp seed, Canada is known to be the best quality. This is not only because of the taste of the hemp strain that the Canadian farmers use, but also because of the strict restrictions that the Canadian government enforces.

Canadian farmers are only allowed to use hemp seed varieties that are listed under Health Canada’s List of Approved Cultivars. All hemp seeds from Canada are non-GMO verified, which means the seeds are not genetically modified. Canadian farmers also don’t use pesticides when farming hemp. You can also look for the “Pro-Cert Organic” certifications on the brands that you buy.

Lot of hemp manufacturers are now warning consumers to watch out for Chinese hemp that is flooding the market. Chinese hemp producers aren’t regulated as strictly as Canadian farmers. Since you won’t be able to taste the hemp until you buy a packet, make sure to check their labels to ensure the hemp is certified from Canada!

3. What does hemp seed taste like?

hemp seeds
Hemp seeds have a pleasant nutty taste that could be compared to unflavored sunflower seeds, but with a much softer texture.

4. What brand should I buy from?

It’s relatively easy to find hemp seeds online now through Amazon and Google. If you’re strictly looking for raw or toasted hemp seeds, I’d recommend buying through Amazon. We’ve compiled a ranking of brands based on price and reviews below.

If you’re looking to buy other types of hemp seed products (like hemp bars or hemp spreads), there’s actually several domestic brands that offer delicious options.

5. Amazon Price Comparison: Which hemp brands are most price competitive?

Price for hemp seeds are most cost competitive on Amazon. Products range from $9 per lb to $23 per lb. These prices are dependent on the brand and the packaging size.

  1. Just Hemp Foods Hulled Hemp Seeds $8.75 per lb
  2. Nutiva Organic Shelled Hempseed $9.60 per lb
  3. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts $9.87 per lb
  4. Terrasoul Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds $18.40 per lb
  5. Hemptopia Toasted Hemp Seeds $18.99 per lb
  6. Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Hemp Seeds $29.44 per lb
  7. Himalania Dark Chocolate Covered Hemp Seeds $35.36 per lb

6. Amazon Review Comparison: Which hemp brand has the best reviews?

The quality of hemp seed brands can be attested by their online reviews. On average, hemp protein brands have Amazon reviews higher than 4.6 stars, with most of them having over 100 reviewers. Below are the average ratings of the highest rated protein products on Amazon:

  1. Just Hemp Foods Hulled Hemp Seeds– 4.8/5.0 (600+ reviews)
  2. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts– 4.8/5.0 (2600+ reviews)
  3. Nutiva Organic Shelled Hempseed – 4.8/5.0 (1400+ reviews)
  4. Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Hemp Seeds – 4.4/5.0 (223 reviews)
  5. Terrasoul Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds – 4.6/5.0 (114 reviews)
  6. Himalania Dark Chocolate Covered Hemp Seeds – 4.2/5.0 (66 reviews)

7. What are different ways I can eat hemp seeds?

hemp seed salad

  • Eat raw as a snack
  • Mix into your smoothie
  • Sprinkle on top of cereal, salads, yogurt, or even oatmeal
  • Substitute hemp for breadcrumbs to coat chicken or fish
  • Blend with water to make hemp seed milk
  • Ground hemp seed to use it as a condiment
  • Toasted hemp seeds can be eaten like popcorn

To see a full review of hemp seed products, check out our Hemp Seed Reviews page.
 

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