Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Win a Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, $69.95 value



For someone who writes recipes, maybe surprisingly, I use a fair amount of convenience foods. Even though I like to make my own pasta sauce, I almost always have a jar or two of sauce in my pantry. The same goes for refried beans. Life with busy schedules and juggling jobs, means sometimes (often) I need a little help wherever I can find it.

Even though I buy packaged non-dairy milk (and there is an ever-increasing variety available!), I am thrilled that I can always make some healthy, protein-rich hemp milk whenever I need it for a recipe or for my coffee or tea or to add to cereal or oatmeal.

Combine hemp hearts or hemp seeds with water to make your own hemp milk.
Shelled hemp seeds and water combine to make do-it-yourself hemp milk.



Making your own hemp milk could not be easier! All you need are shelled hemp seeds (or hemp hearts, as they are sometimes called) and water. Then you blend them together. That's it. You can add some sweetener like agave or maple syrup and a pinch of salt for taste. You can filter it through a nut bag or coffee-filter-lined strainer for texture. For basic hemp milk, though, all you need is hemp seeds and water. I used hemp milk all the time while I was writing the recipes for Super Seeds. It's packed with nutrition from the hemp seeds -- fiber, protein, iron, magnesium and zinc -- and it's creamy, easy-to-use and delicious. 

Check back for a recipe for Strawberry Hemp Milk (or Pink Milk) in a few days. 

Basic Hemp Milk
Makes approximately 6 cups

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 5 to 6 cups water 
  • Optional: agave, maple syrup, coconut nectar, pinch of salt

Preparation:
  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Strain if desired.

If your water has a distinctive taste, though, you are going to want to use filtered water. The folks from ClearlyFiltered sent me a water filter pitcher to try. I really like this pitcher. According to the company, the filter will last for up to 200 gallons, unlike the 26 or 40 gallons that other brands can filter. Their literature also states that ClearlyFiltered can eliminate almost all chlorine, fluoride, lead, mercury, & chromium 6.

I love that you don't have to remember to change the filter all the time. I also love that I can offer one of these pitchers to one lucky reader! The folks at ClearlyFiltered sent me two pitchers. One to try and one to giveaway. This giveaway is only for readers from the United States or Canada, sorry!



a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
I received two ClearlyFiltered water pitchers from the company; one for my consideration and one I am giving away. Any opinions are my own.  

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.

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108 comments:

  1. I haven't used hemp seeds yet, but now plan on making hemp milk.

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    1. It is really easy Purnima. Glad you are going to give it a try!

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  2. I use hemp seeds in raw food bars.

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    1. I luv using all nature foods, such a fresh taste. Great giveaway

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    2. Glad you are both incorporating natural and healthy seeds in your diets.

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  4. I have not used Hemp seeds before

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    1. Do you have a source for buying them?

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  5. I used hemp seeds in my oatmeal

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    1. I boost the nutrition of my oatmeal that way, too! My kids even like oatmeal with hemp seeds.

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  6. I throw hemp seeds on everything!

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  7. I use them in salads, and my homemade breakfast energy bars

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    1. Oooh, do you have a recipe you can share?

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  8. I will use it for milk
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    1. Glad you are going to give it a try!

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  9. I make homemade granola bars and put hemp seeds in them!

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  10. I am just learning about hemp seeds. I think that I would start by sprinkling them on oatmeal or adding them to smoothies.

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  11. I put hemp seeds in my oatmeal in the morning.

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    1. Check out my recipe for strawberry hemp milk. http://www.welcomingkitchen.com/2014/09/strawberry-hemp-milk.html

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  13. I have never used hemp seeds but I am a full believer in all their wonderful properties!

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  14. I have never used hemp seeds but I've been looking into making nut milks -- I'd love to try making hemp milk!

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  15. I add hemp seeds to my smoothies!

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  16. On salads a topping on granola on puddings or desserts.
    Hemp seeds can also be added to smoothies.
    They are frequently sold as a superfood ;-)

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  17. I love to use them in my cereal and when baking! Thanks!

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    1. Baking with hemp seeds is a great way to make your treats healthier.

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  18. I have hemp hearts (and hemp oil) which I add to foods like omelette

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  19. I've tried it in my oatmeal before but I plan on using them more!

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    1. Hopefully you will get the chance in the future, Elena!

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  21. I haven't tried them yet. There's always a first for everything :)

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  22. Bailey Dexter, I love to toss in hemp seeds in my cereal and also bake with them!

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  23. i use hemp oil for cooking and baking and hemp seeds in my salads

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  24. I have not yet used hemp seeds in cooking, but the superfoods cereal I buy from Whole Foods has hemp seeds in it.

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  25. (Andrea Amy)
    I have never used hemp sees for anything but sounds interesting.

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  26. I put them on my cereal, salads & chocolate cookies

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  27. I use hemp seeds on cereal, in oatmeal, and in salads. :)

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  28. I just bought some hemp seeds and didn't like them:(. So I will definitely be trying your milk recipe!

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    1. Oh, that is too bad. This is a great (and nutritious) way to use them up!

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  29. I have never tried hemp seeds I dont know how or what I would use them for.

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    1. I am so impressed by all the good ideas posted here. Maybe something will suit your tastes.

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  30. I have not used them yet but with so many stomach issues,,I am trying every day to use alternative more healthy and a lot less processed foods ,so i am trying and i can't wait to use them.

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    1. I hope your change to a healthier and less processed diet makes a difference in your stomach issues, Maria!

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  31. cody pfoh in my salads

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  32. I would love to use hemp seeds but don't know where to buy them :(

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    1. Hi Kara,
      We buy them at Whole Foods, but I have seen them at our other more mainstream grocery store, too. Sometimes they are in the health food section. You can also buy them online. Thanks for the comment!

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  33. I haven't used hemp seeds yet, but cooking with them sounds great!

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    1. Hope you will be able to give hemp seeds a try.

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  34. I have never used hemp seeds, but my sister works at a high end smoothie shop and she says people like them in their smoothies.

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    1. That is awesome. Our smoothie shop does not offer them yet.

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  35. I would have to say that I use them in yogurt and smoothies - rafflecopter name - shaunie

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  36. I have never used hemp seeds before and actually haven't even heard of them before either. Thanks for letting me know about them!!!!

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    1. You are welcome, Sol. Hope you are able to give them a try.

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  37. i havent use them yet,but would love to try it.

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    1. Such a good way to boost nutrition of everyday foods.

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  38. We use them in granola and trail mix!

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  39. I don't currently use hemp seed, but I'd love to try them!

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  40. I am excited to use hemp to boost the nutrition of some of my favorite foods. I'd like to try making hemp milk, too!

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