Early morning breakfast cereals, store bought chocolate and sugar laden artificially flavoured protein shakes and vitamin powder premixes are all recipes for disaster for our little honeybunches. They are all chockfull of simple carbohydrates, synthetic additives, and processed ingredients which can lead to blood sugar spikes and toxic overload. No doubt they can make your child feel energetic for a while but this can be followed by a sudden crash. These foods can raise blood sugar levels way quickly and decrease insulin sensitivity causing fat gain and obesity.
When breakfast carbohydrates are not coupled with completely digestible protein and healthy fats, they can make your child inattentive in class, lazy and will lead to poor performance in games, sports and other extra curricular activities. You may also notice some cranky hormonal behaviour along with sudden mood swings, food intolerances, chronic inflammation and nutritional deficiencies.
Its a Complete Source of Protein
Growing children need and must eat enough protein in their diet. Protein helps to promote correct development and growth. How much is “enough”? A school age child needs approximately 13 grams of protein each and every day. Hemp seeds provide around 11 grams in 3 tablespoons, which is almost 100% of their recommended daily requirement. And because it also contains all of the amino acids (all essential and non essential amino acids in its most bioavailable form) it is known as a “complete” protein.
Source of Essential Fatty Acids
Hemp seeds contain a high level of fat. 3 tablespoons will provide 13-15 grams of fat, most of which is beneficial fat. While our typical western diet is much too high in Omega-6s, which is detrimental to health, the typical hemp seed’s ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids is ideal to promote brain development, growth and a healthy body. Omega-3 is also excellent for reducing the risks of heart diseases and cancer. It also reduces inflammation being anti-inflammatory and keeps the immune system strong, helps with degenerative diseases, hormonal acne and imbalances, weight loss/maintenance and cholesterol issues etc.
1 tablespoon provides nearly daily requirement of Omega 3.
Source of Iron
In general, hemp seeds provide some 3 milligrams of iron per 3 tablespoons. A growing child needs approximately 7 milligrams of iron every day. Iron is a mineral essential for the mobility of oxygen through their bodies via the bloodstream, promoting healthy brain development. As with the proteins, it also helps to promote healthy growth and development. In the US, research indicates that children are one of the highest risk groups for not receiving enough iron.
Source of Zinc
Hemp seeds also contain zinc, another essential mineral in the development of your children. 3 tablespoons will contain approximately 3.5 milligrams, more than a growing child’s daily needs. Zinc is a mineral essential for proper growth and development. It is also excellent at helping to heal wounds. Children get cuts and scratches; it’s a part of growing up. Correct zinc levels will also help with proper functioning of the immune system and promoting a speedy recovery from illnesses.
Abundant in Vitamins & Minerals
If you can't get your kids to swallow fish gels, it's unlikely they'll swallow a large multivitamin. Hemp seeds are naturally chewable and rich in zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and vitamin E - nutrients, which are essential for healthy growth and development. They contain B vitamins and Vitamin A.
Food allergies are common. There are very few foods that will cause no risk of allergenic response and are safe for anyone with food sensitivities, intolerances or severe allergies. Hemp is one of them! Plus, it's gluten free, dairy free, safe for children, infants, pregnant and breastfeeding women. This will also keep your kids away from autoimmune diseases.
• Hemp seeds are a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduces inflammation in the body, lowers the risk of heart related conditions and obesity, supports brain health, cognition and mood
• They provide fibre for healthy digestion and prolonged satiety
• Hemp seeds deliver B vitamins for energy and healthy blood
• They are loaded with antioxidants, such as vitamin E and beta-carotene, which fight tissue damage
- They are good source of calcium for strong bones, magnesium for heart health, zinc for immunity, along with potassium, copper and phosphorous
POWER KID SMOOTHIE recipe:
2-3 Tbsp Holi Herb Hemp Protein Powder
One serving of fruit (banana and berries are kid’s favorites)
Organic nut milk (coconut / cashew / almond / hemp seed)
1 teaspoon of spirulina or 1tsp of raw cocoa powder
Raw organic honey to sweeten
Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender
This makes a delicious fully balanced meal consisting of Omega 3 fats+ carbohydrates + bioavailable protein+ fiber+ antioxidants + vitamins + minerals
So go ahead all you SUPER MOMMYs and replace the sugary “Vita” powders with Holi Herb’s Hemp Seed Powder in your pantry.