Nutritionist Rachel Graham talks us through her favourite Linwoods product and why she has made Shelled Hemp seeds an essential part of her nutrition.
“What is my favourite Linwoods product and why? It is not easy to choose from such an exceptional line-up of Linwoods products, as each one offers its own unique benefits. However, one product stands out due to its multiple nutritional benefits.”
Why Shelled Hemp Seeds?
These tiny seeds pack a punch when it comes to protein content, versatility in recipes, and numerous other health benefits. Here’s why Linwoods Shelled Hemp Seeds have become an essential part of my nutrition and a product I regularly recommend to my clients.
Protein is an essential macronutrient vital to our body’s ability to function optimally. The problem is we are just not eating enough protein – especially as we age. This is a seemingly very common problem, particularly in mid-life women.
One observation I notice is that many of my fellow mid-life women are not regularly lifting weights and, as a result, are likely experiencing muscle wasting (known as sarcopenia). Building lean muscle is very important at this life stage for several reasons.
The most important reason, though, is the role of lean muscle mass to help strengthen our bones and maintain good bone density as we age.
We require adequate protein from plants and animal sources to build lean muscle mass.
Linwoods Shelled Hemp Seeds are an exceptional source of plant-based protein, making them an excellent addition to any diet. Just a single 20g serving of these seeds contains around 7g of protein, substantially boosting a small serving to your overall daily intake.
Versatility in recipes
One of the aspects that I like about using Linwoods Shelled Hemp Seeds is their soft texture, which allows for effortless incorporation into a wide range of recipes. These seeds can be sprinkled over salads, yoghurt, or smoothie bowls, enhancing these meals’ taste and nutritional value.
They can also be added to porridge, bread recipes, or even as an addition to pesto! I sometimes add Linwoods Shelled Hemp Seeds when making homemade protein bars for an extra nutritional kick. The possibilities are endless.
Essential fatty acids
We need essential fats from our diet, and we cannot make them ourselves, which is why they are called essential fats. Linwoods Shelled Hemp Seeds are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, which are key for maintaining good heart health and overall well-being.
These healthy fats help reduce inflammation, promote brain function, support a healthy immune system, and maintain healthy skin. By incorporating Shelled Hemp Seeds into your diet, you can easily obtain a balance of these essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in traditional Western diets.
In addition to the high protein content, Linwoods Shelled Hemp Seeds are a rich source of essential minerals such as magnesium, iron, and zinc. Magnesium supports bone health, muscle function, and energy production, while iron helps form red blood cells and transport oxygen throughout the body.
Zinc is essential for immune function and plays a role in wound healing, supporting our skin health. Regularly consuming Shelled Hemp Seeds can conveniently incorporate these vital minerals into your daily routine.
“Linwoods Shelled Hemp Seeds have become my go-to product due to their exceptional nutritional profile, recipe versatility, and numerous health benefits.
“Their soft texture makes them very versatile to use in various ways. I like using them as a protein boost in recipes without relying on protein powders.
“I often add them to smoothies, porridge, overnight oats and yoghurt, recipes for protein balls, healthy nuts, and seed bars. Give them a try and effortlessly elevate your meals to a whole new level of nutrition.”