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.

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


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.
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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 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.
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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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  • me says:

    There’s nothing keto about that morning parfait recipe, do a little more work and research before you post something. A true waste of my time. .
    It’s so unfortunate that poor info like this heads people in the wrong direction when they are possibly looking for real help for their health.
    Blueberries? Granola? Agave syrup? all high carb

  • Nikolai says:

    Made a Broccoli Soup and added hemp seeds, It turned out beautiful. It was my first time using them so i was unsure on what quantity to add. Only 2 Tablespoons added, next time I’ll be upping the quantity to 100 Grams.
    Below is the recipe, Its very Keto friendly and delicious.
    I look forward to adding the hemp to more and more meals from here on out.

    Broccoli Soup

    3 Onions finely chopped
    Quarter cake Butter
    5 Garlic Cloves
    2 Tbs Hemp Seeds ( add more next time)
    1 Tbs Veg stock
    1 Tbs Chicken stock
    1 Litre water
    3 Whole Broccoli chopped into florets
    1 Tsp Salt and some pepper to taste
    170 grams Aldi Smoked Cheddar ( emporium)
Fry onions in butter till brown. Add Garlic for 2-3 mins, then add the hemp seeds.
    Add stock and water, bring to boil. Lower heat to simmer and add Broccoli, cook for 20 mins. Add Pepper and salt then blend with stick blender. Once smooth add cheese and blend all together.
    Serve with sour cream or yoghurt

  • Kalee says:

    For the keto diet, would it be okay if I wanted to drink primarily cbd infused sparkling water, soda, energy water, flavored water, and coffee?

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