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Hemp Seeds in Smoothies and Orange Smoothie Recipe

Hemp Seeds in Smoothies – Hemp “seeds” are really not seeds at all, they are actually a fruit. Also known as hemp hearts, we love the organic brand by Manitoba Harvest.

And hemp seeds in smoothies are delicious and super easy to make!

Hemp Seed Smoothie

Why we love Hemp Hearts

Tiny and round, sort of like itty bitty sunflower seeds, they have a pleasing, mild and slightly nutty flavor. Unlike sunflower seeds they aren’t crunchy but instead are a bit more like sesame seeds, but even softer in texture. Hemp seeds sort of taste like pine nuts, but have an even mellower, milder flavor.

In the last year or so I added hemp seeds to my “must eat” list of foods. I’ll admit, the list of healthy things I keep adding to my daily “must eat” list is getting a bit out of hand—between the vegetables, flaxseeds, raw fruit smoothies, fermented foods, etc. my stomach barely has room to fit it all in. Still, now that I know the health benefits of hemp seeds I’m finding creative ways to get my daily hemp fix too. I think of hemp seeds almost as a “superfood” because they have a tremendous nutritional profile. Here’s short and sweet version…

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4 Things to Know About Hemp Seeds (aka: Hemp Heats)

Here are 4 things worth knowing about these tiny, yet very impactful hemp hearts and then we’ll get to our orange smoothie.

#1: Hemp seeds are an incredible vegan source of biologically available and easily digested protein.

For those who are allergic to soy, hemp seeds are a great vegan alternative. Hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids. And did you know 3 Tablespoons of Hemp Seeds = 11 grams of protein?

#2: Hemp seeds contain a healthy anti-inflammatory 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fat.

In addition, hemp seeds contain an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat called GLA (gamma linolenic acid). GLA is a direct building block of good anti-inflammatory hormones. Unfortunately, this special omega-6 fat is not typically found in foods (in fact I think hemp seeds are the only edible food source of GLA.)

While it’s true your body can convert the typical food version of unprocessed omega-6 called linoleic acid (LA) into the “useable” GLA form your body needs, the conversion process can be thwarted by many internal and external factors. For example, with the passing of birthdays, the less efficient the enzymes your body uses to convert LA into GLA become.

Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, infections, and even stress can reduce your body’s ability to convert dietary LA into GLA. This is a bad deal because GLA is very important for achieving optimal health. But simply by incorporating hemp seeds into your diet on a regular basis you can be sure of getting a healthy dose of GLA.

Here’s a short run down of the health benefits of GLA:

  • GLA supports a healthy metabolism and facilitates fat burning (some people who struggle with weight loss despite eating a healthy diet get a weight loss boost simply by adding GLA to their diets.)
  • GLA can help reduce hormone-mediated nuisance symptoms (bye-bye PMS!)
  • GLA supports healthy hair, nail and skin health.
  • GLA decreases the tendency of inflammation in general. This can be helpful to anyone with an inflammatory condition such as asthma, MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc
  • GLA helps lower bad LDL cholesterol and improve cholesterol ratio

NOTE: GLA can also be obtained from supplements such as Borage Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Oil. I prefer Evening Primrose Oil to all other GLA-rich supplement oils because Evening Primrose Oil has the most research behind it. I’ve actually been taking it for years (1,300 mg of Barlean’s Evening Primrose Oil each day).

#3: Hemp seeds are rich in disease-fighting, plant-based phytonutrients and anti-aging antioxidants such as vitamin E.

#4: Hemp provides a rich array of minerals including zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.

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How Do You Eat Hemp Seeds?

Lately I’ve been getting very creative with hemp seeds (it’s the key ingredient in my creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe.) Because hemp seeds have such a mild unobtrusive flavor, they keep a low profile and can easily hide out in a wide number of dishes. Smoothies seem to be one of the easiest ways to sneak hemp into my own diet. I’ve also found I can sneak hemp seeds into vegetarian chili, oatmeal, and even pureed bean & vegetable soups. Probably the easiest way to eat them is to just sprinkle them right on top of my salad.

But, if you are as into smoothies as I am, you’ll love this quickie vegan food recipe for a hemp seed smoothie. Note: to make it a raw recipe just use raw almonds instead of the almond milk.

Hemp Can Add Creamy Richness to Vegan & Raw Eating Recipes…Especially Smoothies!


Orange Hemp Seed Smoothie

Hemp Can Add Creamy Richness to Vegan & Raw Eating Recipes…Especially Smoothies!

orange smoothie recipe
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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1 frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 whole orange, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup almond milk, try our homemade recipe
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract


  1. In a high speed blender, add the banana, orange, hemp hearts, ice cubs and milk. Process until smooth.
  2. Add the cinnamon and almond extract and process on high again. Taste test and add a little more cinnamon, if needed.

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Where Can You Buy Hemp Seeds?

Any well-stocked natural foods store will carry hemp hearts (seeds); you can often buy them in bulk. You can even order hemp seeds online — we love the brand Manitoba Harvest.

Ivy Larson

In 2010, Clean Cuisine was launched because Ivy Larson wanted to share her anti-inflammatory lifestyle and delicious recipes using ingredients in their most natural and nutrient-rich state. In 2020, Ivy passed the website to Aimee and Madison. Since then, they have been adding new recipes and nutrition posts while updating old recipes and articles. Thanks for visiting Clean Cuisine!

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Saturday 19th of January 2019

Very interesting and informative health is the most important part of life nothing is more valuable than good health. Cbd and hemp oils are very beneficial for us.

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