Hemp has so many uses, it’s such a versatile plant, for example Bob has a wallet made from hemp. I however I prefer to eat my hemp, which is why I was super stoked to try these raw shelled hemp seeds from Manitoba Harvest. Disclosure: This post reviewing with Manitoba Harvest was done through their partnership with Fit Approach. I received Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts free of charge in order to write a post, however all opinions are my own. Scroll to the bottom for a discount code and competition to win a 5lb bag!
Each 30g or 3 Tablespoon serving of the hemp heart s has 10g of protein and 10g of omega 3&6. They were easy to use, nutritious and tasted great. Previously I was using ground flaxseed with my breakfast but as they stated on their website Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts has more protein, more omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax seed. So I switched to hemp, and honestly I’m not going back. I know flax seed have other benefits, so I do still use those in cooking but the hemp hearts add a delicious slightly nutty flavor to the oats rather than drying them out like the flax used to.
I’m going to admit that for breakfast I’m hooked on hemp! These little suckers are delicious with breakfast. This is pretty much the standard breakfast I eat every morning so I’m definitely getting my protein, omegas and flavor from the hemp. This recipe is for my usual oat breakfast. Protein powder is optional.
1/2 Cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon Garden of Life vanilla raw protein powder
1 Cup almond milk
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
Mix the oats and protein powder into a bowl and add the milk. Microwave on high for two minutes. Let stand for a while, we walk the dogs for 30 minutes, then microwave for a further minute. Add a chopped banana and top with hemp hearts. Enjoy!
This is a simple way of ensuring you get your Omega 3s and 6s into your daily diet. These are essential fatty acids which means the body cannot produce them, so we have to get them from our diet. Omega fats have shown them to be protective against type 2 diabetes, and alzheimers. I don’t know about you, but as someone who has grandmother with Alzheimer’s I’ll make sure I do whatever I can to help prevent alzheimer’s. One other way I’m getting them in is with a variation on my protein amazeballs.
- 20 dates
- 1/4 cup Coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 2 tbspn cocoa powder
- 2 tbspn water
- 1 scoop protein powder (if you don’t have a scoop – it’s around 1/4 cup)
The directions are simple: throw everything into a blender and mix well. When it starts clumping into a big ball you’re ready to form into your small balls. Honestly I added fewer nuts to this batch as these are generally my pre-workout snack prior to hitting the gym for spinning or bodypump class. I knew I’d be adding the hemp hearts and I’d get my essential fats from them. Roll into small balls and place on baking tray, I add the greaseproof paper so they don’t stick.
The bigger the balls the fewer servings you have. Ideally you want around 1 1/2 – 2 dates per serving so this should yield around 15 balls. Empty your hemp hearts into a shallow tray (I used a shallow tupperware container), and roll your balls in the hemp hearts. Keeping the hemp hearts in the container means nothing gets wasted, just pop the lid on and save till next time!
I could have added the hemp hearts to the mixture but I think these look cool with the hemp on the edges. Plus these would make a great alternative to candy if you were going to a party, say at Halloween!
Continuing until you’ve rolled all your balls. Then pop the tray in the fridge and cool for an hour or three. I keep mine in the fridge and just pop one for a snack when I feel peckish 🙂
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