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I had heard about Hemp Hearts, but I hadn’t really tried any, nor was I really sure what I was supposed to do with them.
Luckily the Manitoba Harvest website features a whole bunch of awesome recipes and ideas that you can use to get you started!
A few quick facts about Hemp Hearts that I didn’t know:
i) Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein per 30g serving and 10 grams of Omegas.
ii) They taste great on a salad, in oatmeal, in a shake or smoothie and also add extra awesome to your baking. They also taste great straight out of the bag (I did try this…..then tried again, because they actually tasted so great!)
iii) Hemp hearts have more protein and omegas than the same serving of chia or flax, and less carbs (bonus!!)
I tried them on my salads, in my shakes, and in some of my baking. In each instance, they actually added a great nutty flavour that I thoroughly enjoyed. (They’re often compared to a pine nut, or sunflower seed in taste.) They’re great for vegetarians who want to add more protein to their diet. I love the idea of a plant-based protein as an alternative to meat choices. I still love meat and the protein that it gives me, but it’s important to have a variety of protein types in your diet.
I would recommend that you check out the Hemp Hearts for sure!
For one lucky reader out there, you have a chance to win yourself your very own bag of Hemp Hearts. Simply, follow Manitoba Harvest on Instagram and Twitter, and RT/reply to one of my tweets about this blog post using the hashtag #HempHearts telling me why you want some Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest for your chance to win or leave a comment on this post of why you think you should win!
(Although asked to do this review, this is my honest opinion. Winner of the giveaway must be a resident of the US or Canada.)