As an ambassador for Manitoba Harvest, I was so excited when they reached out to me to write a blog post about how to eat hemp hearts. Because sometimes for us foodies, we can over complicate some things. So this type of post helped remind me to keep it simple and share with you how exactly I use these products in my everyday life. So if you are curious as to how to eat hemp heart or if you have never used hemp hearts and want to know how, enjoy this post!
I have been using hemp hearts since I discovered them about five years ago. It has always been Manitoba Harvest for me because I love that they are a Canadian company with quality standards and products. Truly even before I ever thought I was even going to be a Holistic Nutritionist or knew anything about blogging, I always relied on this specific brand for my hemp products.
How to Eat Hemp Hearts: Interesting facts about Manitoba Harvest Hemp
- At 10 grams of protein per 30-gram serving, hemp foods contain twice the amount of protein compared to flax or chia, and they’re lower in carbohydrates.
- Hemp is a super plant! There are hundreds, if not thousands, of uses for hemp but we at Manitoba Harvest are focused exclusively on the seed, which we use to make delicious and nutritionally rich hemp foods.
- Hemp foods are rich in plant-based protein and have all 10 essential amino acids. Hemp foods also contain healthy fats including omega-3 and omega-6.
- Hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa but hemp is not the same as marijuana and hemp foods will not cause psychoactive effects.
And because hemp is so delicious, nutty and incredibly versatile, you can literally sprinkle these on anything! I wanted to show just how easy it is to start incorporating hemp into your everyday life so you can reap all those amazing benefits described above. If you are plant based, hemp would make a great addition to your diet because it is rich in protein and such a great healthy fat. But regardless of your official label, hemp is amazing to include no matter what.
How to Eat Hemp Hearts: The Recipe Ideas
So, lets get started with how to eat hemp hearts all day long!
I love to start my morning with some kind of elixir or latte. This particular morning, I made myself a delicious and warming matcha latte with my own Manitoba Harvest Hemp milk. If you want to see exactly how I make my hemp milk, check out this post. If you’re curious how to eat hemp hearts the easiest way I find is with this homemade milk, it’s also strain free, making it super easy too! I added some marine collagen, coconut oil, vanilla and raw honey to this latte and it made it super frothy, creamy and delicious. If you want to read more about the benefits of matcha or have a look at other latte recipes I drink that are completely caffeine free, check out this post. For breakfast, I was feeling for something a little salty and sweet. So I decided to have some toast with peanut butter, banana, figs, bee pollen, sea salt and of course some hemp sprinkled on top. If you ever can’t decide between salty or sweet, may I suggest a good toast combo like this one?! Lunch for me is usually my biggest meal because I like to be able to sustain my energy right up until dinner. Also, I am usually pretty hungry midway through the day. Especially today, after I did my 60 minute Pilates class on my lunch hour. Usually I am all about getting a workout or yoga done in the morning, but Mondays and Fridays I love this Pilates class so I always try and do my best to make it. Before I left for class, I roasted up some maple brussels sprouts to add to my salad. Basically, just roast your sprouts at 400 for about 35-45 minutes and in the last 10 minutes, drizzle a bit of real maple syrup over top and roast for about 10 minutes more. I added these to a kale salad, made with a greek dressing, tuna salad, avocado, chili flakes and of course a sprinkle of hemp hearts. It was sooooo satisfying. I don’t often snack throughout the day because I usually have that big lunch that is blood sugar balanced. But if I were to have a snack, I would go for something like an apple with nut butter, hummus and veggies, an energy ball or a small smoothie with some hemp sprinkled on top. I had made a delicious butternut squash cheesy sauce a few weeks ago and when I shared it on my Instastory, people wanted to see the full recipe. So I subbed pumpkin today and smothered my chickpea pasta with this creamy sauce using cashew milk and a nut and hemp parmesan topping. I’ll put the full recipe below so you can check it out!
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup cashews (soaked and drained)
- 1 cup dairy free milk (unsweetened)
- 5 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/5 tsp chili powder
- pinch of sea salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of sea salt and pepper
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Heat on the stovetop over low.
- Preheat the oven to 300.
- Add nuts to a baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes until toasty.
- Add the nuts, nutritional yeast and olive oil to a food processor and pulse until combined and crumbly.
- Boil water for pasta, once that is cooked, drain and add back to the pot.
- Add the cheese sauce and any extra veggies you want.
- Add the nut parmesan and hemp hearts on top with chili flakes, sea salt and pepper.
That wraps up my post all about how to eat hemp hearts and include them in everyday life. I hope that this inspired you to try some new ideas and it gets you to experience this incredibly versatile food.
I am hosting an AMAZING giveaway with Manitoba Harvest, so if you would like to enter, head to Manitobaharvest.com to see all of the other inspiring recipes and leave a comment below on your favourite way to use Hemp Hearts for a chance to win a Manitoba Harvest Prize Pack. You can also enter on my Instagram as well. The winner will be announced December 4!
Update December 4/2017: Contest closed! Winner Lyndsay was picked 🙂 Thank you all for entering!!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest. However, as always, the opinions expressed are always my own.