Sharing the #HEMPLOVE
Sharing the #HEMPLOVE

A few weeks ago, as a part of a Sweat Pink campaign, I received a packet of Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts to review. Not having heard much about hemp hearts before, I was a little reluctant to actually try cooking with them. I didn’t know what to think or where to start. Luckily, it’s 2015 and the Internet exists 😉 Pinterest to the rescue–a quick search returns a plethora of hemp heart-containing recipes, from sweet chocolate truffles, to savory hemp heart pesto. Wait, what? That just confused me even more! Hemp hearts were super versatile, sure, but what was I supposed to expect taste-wise?! There was only one way to find out. I took the plunge and opened my pack, pouring the morsels onto a paper towel. I scooped up a spoonful. I tried them.

And guys, I fell in LOVE.

Hemp hearts are nutty, rich, and crunchy, yet also surprisingly tender and mild. Upon tasting them, I pretty much immediately understood why they make a perfect topping for yogurt and oatmeal, blend seamlessly into smoothies, and make excellent additions to energy bites and granola bars. People put hemp hearts on salads, stir them into soups, and sprinkle them on top of peanut butter-coated bananas for some kind of vegan, bizarro “sushi”. Crazy, crazy stuff.

Still, though, my favorite way to enjoy them? Totally plain. By themselves. By the spoonful. They’re SO good. {And I wasn’t even expecting to really like them.}

Health benefits of hemp hearts include…

  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3 and 6.
  • Easily-digestible source of protein.
  • Rich in magnesium, vitamin E, GLA, zinc, and vitamin B6.
  • Reduces inflammation, improves circulation, decreases blood pressure, and eases PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps.
  • Said to be able to help reduce cravings and suppress appetite.

They sound pretty perfect, right? I’ll admit–I do feel a little weird eating hemp hearts straight from the package. They look a lot like birdseed, and I am not a bird. Whenever I do it, I think about the ways I could use them to cook and create, if only I could delay my gratification. But…I can’t. So I just keep eating them plain. They taste amazing and {as you have probably gathered from reading above} are pretty much a superfood, so I feel pretty good about it. If you’re looking for a way to add hemp hearts to your diet that is a little less singular, though, I highly recommend this recipe for hemp heart tabouli, this recipe for raw hemp heart cookie bites, and this recipe for almond-date-hemp energy bars. Just know that there really isn’t a wrong way to eat hemp hearts–even straight out of the bag. They’re that good. #hemplove You can out more about Manitoba Harvest, including tasty hemp recipes HERE, and pick up a bag of your own hemp hearts HERE.

Have you tried hemp hearts before?! What’s your favorite way to use them?

xx,

Liza

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