Anyone interested in healthy eating is familiar with those so-called “super foods” like blueberries, green tea, tumeric and the like. Google “super foods” and you’ll see article after article featuring the usual suspects. But one super food we haven’t heard too much from yet? Hemp hearts!
What the heck are they?
Hemp hearts are Found inside of hemp seeds, hemp hearts are crazy healthy, providing a number of nutritious vitamins and minerals that include vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E.
Hemp seeds contain both essential fatty acids necessary for muscle and joint repair. They also have all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. Two tablespoons (30 g) of hemp hearts contain seven grams of protein — the same amount found in a boiled egg!
What’s more, 65 percent of the total protein content of hemp seed comes from an easily digestible protein called edestin, which is readily absorbed and utilized by the human body. Edestin has the unique ability to encourage the creation of antibodies, which fight against foreign invaders and boost our immune system. It is also hypoallergenic, meaning it has a low allergy potential, making it a great replacement for soy and peanuts (provided it is processed in a factory free of tree nuts.)
Sounds awesome, right? Now what do you do with them to make them yummy?
Much like another super food, quinoa, it’s all in the proper preparation.
WAYS TO USE HEMP HEARTS
- Sprinkle on your favorite recipes (like bran)
- Blend into a raw nut butter with cacao powder in the food processor for a nutty topping for toast.
- Add to fresh fruit, protein drinks and smoothies.
- Eat plain on a spoon.
- Add to salads, cereal or vegetables to add a light, nutty crunch.
- Coat on chicken or chops instead of bread crumbs.
- Use in place of nuts in recipes.
Looking for a great recipe? Try this “bust the blues” salad featuring hemp hearts from Chatelaine Magazine.