How many of you know what a superfood is? Did you know that a “superfood” is actually just a marketing term to imply that a food is healthy? There has been lots of talk surrounding “superfoods” lately. The ones that come to mind are chia, flax, hemp, spirulina, etc. I use chia and flax on a daily basis and now I use my Skoop Supergreens (which has MANY superfoods in it) daily as well. When I learned about Hemp seeds a while ago, I’m not going to lie. I think I was like a lot of people and had a preconceived notion that Hemp was well….marijuana. Ganja. Maui Wowie. Pot. You get the point, so I looked into it further and did some research.
Let’s set the record straight!! Hemp IS a species of Cannabis Sativa, but it is NOT the same as marijuana. Hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and does NOT cause a psychoactive effect or false positive drug test! Yey!! Ok, so now you have no excuses!
These are delicious. I seriously can’t get enough. I’ve been sprinkling them on my oatmeal, my salads, yogurt and putting them in my smoothies!
They are a mild tasting seed with a slightly nutty flavor. They are super versatile and you can practically add them into any recipe you have for an extra punch of nutrition!
So let’s talk nutrition…
- 10 grams of protein
- 10 grams of Omega 3 & 6
- only 3 grams of carbs
- packed with fiber, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus
And you get all of that in only 3 tablespoons! Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax. I may have to get rid of the flax and chia and just stick with the hemp hearts!!
Seriously, it’s like a no brainer. If you aren’t incorporating them into your diet you need to be….now.
So in addition to the traditional uses, I’ve also used them as a breading for chicken! I threw some in a food processor, made it into a “meal” with seasonings and then dredged my chicken in it! And to think the kids were excited about their chicken fingers. Score on the mommy points for getting a SUPERFOOD into them!
I did try one other thing with them. I decided to try and make Hemp butter! I love making nut butters so I figured why can’t I with this? So here is my recipe for Dark Chocolate Hemp Seed butter!
- 1 1/2 cups Manitoba Harvest Hemp seeds
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp agave nectar (added to balance out bitterness from cocoa powder)
- pinch of salt
- Throw all ingredients into a food processor and process until the texture of nut butter. If mixture is too thick, add coconut oil in tablespoon increments until desired thickness.
- Spread on toast or fruit for a great healthy snack!
- You can eliminate the agave nectar if you would like, I wanted a slightly sweeter taste that I wasn't achieving with the honey. Agave did the trick.
So, bottom line, go out and buy these now, your health definitely depends on it!!
And the cool thing, Manitoba Harvest is offering a 20% off everything discount at www.ManitobaHarvest.com with the code:
And they are also having a contest! So get creative with your hemp hearts! Take a pic of you using them, or a creation that you came up with and tag @manitobaharvest, #hemphearts, and #sweatpink in your Instagram and/or Twitter post and you’ll be automatically entered to win a 5 lb bag, YES, 5 POUNDS, of Hemp Hearts! Contest ends November 30, 2014!
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Do you use hemp hearts in your diet?
What is the most creative thing you have ever done with them?
What other superfoods do YOU eat?
*Disclaimer: I was sent a bag of hemp hearts to review as part of my affiliation with Sweat Pink/Fit approach. All opinions expressed here are my own.*