Recommended Serving Size: 3-4 tablespoons of hemp hearts gives you a ton of nutrition.
Hemp hearts (or hemp seeds) are one of the most concentrated sources of protein, essential fat and vitamins on earth, making them the most nutritious seed. Talk about a super food! They are also a really simple food with a subtle, satisfying taste that is completely raw and easy to add to just about anything.
Hemp is an incredibly hardy and versatile plant. Don’t confuse it with marijuana, though – the seeds we’re talking about are a distant and sober cousin that does not contain any significant levels of THC.
3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contains 170 calories and 14 grams of healthy omega-fatty acids. These fat sources are called “essential” because the body can’t produce them without getting the good fat from diet. The benefit is immense: your brain, skin, joints, heart, hair, skin, bones, nervous system, digestive system and reproductive system need Omega-3 and Omega-6 to thrive. This serving also contains 10 grams of fiber, 15% of your daily dose of iron, 50% of your phosphorus, 25% of your zinc and 50% of your magnesium. In this, you will find less than 2 grams of carbohydrate (less than 1 gram of sugar).
Why you should eat it
- They will keep you full, longer because they nourish your body in so many ways
- Hemp seeds do not contain a significant amount of sugar or starch
- There are more amino acids in hemp seeds than milk, meat or eggs
- Hemp seeds are a complete protein source – great for workout recovery or an energy boost
- This protein also promotes cellular development, which has a ton of benefits: reduced cholesterol + blood pressure, a decrease in inflammation, an increase in circulation and a strengthened immune system
- Hemp seeds are gluten free + safe if you have a nut allergy
- Hemp seeds are incredibly digestible, making it a really strong protein choice for those with food sensitivities
You can find hemp hearts online from Manitoba Hemp Hearts for a really reasonable price. You can also find Manitoba on Amazon. You can pick it up offline from Whole Foods or any health food store. They’re so delicious I anticipate they’ll be in most grocery stores soon!
Store them in the refrigerator or even in the freezer. Just make sure the container you’re keeping them in is air tight to protect the quality of your hearts.
Hemp hearts are a raw, complete food – just one ingredient. Preparation is pretty easy – eat them on their own or sprinkle on top of, well, pretty much anything!
A few ways to eat hemp hearts
Hemp hearts are incredibly versatile – they taste great with sweet, savory and all alone.
- Mixed into oatmeal
- Add to cold cereal or overnight oats
- Topped on yogurt
- Added to smoothies
- A scoop on top of salads
- Incorporate them into your baking