If you follow me on social media or have seen me present in the community, you probably notice me chatting a lot about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. This is because They. Are. Amazing.
I have so much love for these products that I decided to become a Manitoba Harvest Hemp Ambassador so I can get some free swag and samples to share with my amazing community! If you’re wondering what these taste like and would like a sample, let me know!
So, what are hemp hearts?
They are yummy little shelled hemp seeds, which come from a hemp plant. Some of the remainders of the plant are used for things like clothing, rope, jewelry and animal bedding. They have a mild nutty flavour and they require no prep work like grinding, cooking, etc. They are ready to eat from the bag!
Why eat hemp foods? It’s simple: protein and omegas!
Hemp foods are rich in protein (10g in 3 Tbsp) and have all 10 essential amino acids. They also contain omega-3, omega-6, stearidonic acid (SDA), and the rare omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Honestly, if that wasn’t enough, hemp foods also contain magnesium, fibre, iron, zinc, and phosphorous. Hemp seeds are extremely versatile, you can sprinkle them on salads, cereal or yogurt, blend them into your smoothie, or make a pudding and pair them with chia seeds! Manitoba Harvest also carries many other delicious hemp foods like their Hemp Heart Toppers, Hemp Heart Bites, Toasted Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein Powders, Hemp Oil and Hemp Protein Smoothies!
When someone hears the word hemp, they automatically associate it with marijuana. The thing is, hemp foods are as much marijuana as a Yorkie is a German Shepherd. Though they are both part of the cannabis plant family, they are very different! Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods products contain 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so they will not cause a psychoactive effect or cause a false positive drug test. Yay!
A lot of people ask me how I use hemp hearts. Most commonly they get sprinkled on my peanut butter and Ezekiel toast in the morning! The nutty flavour paired with the peanut butter is a perfect combo and adding the Hemp Hearts boosts my protein intake so I can get those 20 grams in for my morning meal. They also have 2.5 grams of Omega 3 in every 3 Tablespoons, which helps me boost my Omega-3 intake daily. This was a goal of mine since getting my Nutrigenomix 45 Gene test back that indicated an increased risk for heart disease. You can check out my full results and assessment here.
I also love to add them to my Greek yogurt and fruit as a snack or on top of salads, they are seriously so versatile. If you’re looking for more ways to use Hemp Hearts or other Manitoba Harvest Products, go check out https://manitobaharvest.com/recipes/ for some inspiration.
I have tried the Vanilla Chai Hemp Protein Smoothie in the past, and I can’t say I love the flavour when mixed with just water or almond milk, it’s still very hemp-y! After looking through the recipes on their website, I plan on making some goodies with the protein smoothie to see how they taste in recipes! **Disclosure: I have yet to find a protein powder that I actually enjoy when mixed only with water, milk or milk alternative. So if you guys have any recommendations, let me know!!
Where can I get them?
Typically, you’ll find these nutty little seeds in the health food section or the organic section of your local grocery store. if you’re interested in trying some new product but can’t find it on your grocer’s shelf, order online at www.manitobaharvest.com and use discount code ‘HempAmbassador’ for 15% off your order until December 1, 2017!