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Both of my babies have been sensitive to dairy and soy so I completely avoid them while nursing. That means that when it comes to getting enough protein in my diet I have to get a little creative. One ingredient that I have really been enjoying lately is raw shelled hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds are loaded with protein (3 tablespoons= 10g protein), omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, dietary fiber, and important minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
The rich nutty flavor and tender crunch of hemp seed makes it perfect to sprinkle on a salad, cereal, yogurt, blend into smoothies, or even eat raw.
I especially like to mix it in with oatmeal or make smoothies with it. Here is one of my favorite dairy/soy-free smoothies that I make just about every day:
I have been using agave nectar as a substitute for honey for a few years and think it’s a great addition to any pantry. I like it because it costs less than honey, tastes good, doesn’t get thick and crystallized like honey does and it is easier to mix into liquids like smoothies and salad dressing.
Here are some other great things about agave nectar:
*it is an all-natural sweetener from the agave plant
*it’s strong sweetening properties make it a perfect addition to beverages like coffee, tea, and smoothies
*great substitute for corn syrup (in baking and cooking), pancake syrup, or honey
*It has a low glycemic index which means that is slowly absorbed by the body and doesn’t cause the same rapid increase in blood sugar as table sugar
Agave nectar is readily available at most grocery stores these days, including Wal-mart and Costco!
Here are a few of my recipes that use agave nectar as an ingredient:
Pineapple Fried Rice
Orange Quinoa Salad
Have you tried Agave Nectar? How do you like to use it?
We have been trying to eat more whole grains since they have a lot of fiber, protein, and vitamins. This is a recipe I came up with for quinoa that is full of flavor and makes a great side to fish or poultry. You could also add some chick peas or grilled chicken to make it a great entree!