As a person who follows a plant-based diet, I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “So, how do you get your protein?” As a society, we often only relate “protein” to meat. The concept of protein being something other than chicken breast, turkey and bacon is foreign to many. Even among many of those who follow plant based diets, most of their protein is soy. I like to keep my options open, in life and my diet. 🙂 Hemp is an AMAZING product filled with protein and other essential goodies. I was more than happy when offered to opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest‘s Hemp Hearts as part of my ambassadorship with Sweat Pink.
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are truthful and my own.
I was sent a two ounces package of Hemp Hearts to try. My confession is I’ve used these before but NEVER in any kind of creative way. I just opened up the pack and shook a few to my heart’s content on top of my oatmeal, salads or in my smoothies. It was always as sort of a “nutritional boost” since Hemp Hearts have TEN grams of protein and TEN grams of Omegas per 30 gram serving. The package I had was almost double that: 18 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 90% of your daily magnesium (which I’ve been trying to get more of) and 40% of your daily iron (lifetime anemic over here). If you are a person who watches your carbs but loves the benefits of seeds, hemp seeds are lower in carbs than chia and flax seeds.
I actually just tried to eat a few and see what they tasted like alone. I’m not sure. I’ve heard others suggest they are close to sesame seeds and pine nuts in taste. I would agree. I’m not sure I could categorize them in any way. They were just good. 🙂 As for what I was going to do with them, well, I thought about a hemp seed crusted tempeh dish. Then I realized that I’m not much of a cook. Maybe next time. However, I did need some greens in my life and didn’t want anything heavy with it so I pulled out my BlendTec and made this Cilantro Hemp Salad dressing:
3/4 cups of water
2 oz. package of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
3 drops of DoTerra Lime Essential Oil
1/4 cup of white balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. of minced garlic
1/2 cup of cilantro
1/2 jalepeno (seeded for less heat)
salt, pepper and cumin to taste
I pushed the button and voila!
I was pleasantly surprised at the creaminess of it! Now I have to go and buy me a big bag to sprinkle, mix and blend. Hemp is where it’s at!
GIVEAWAY TIME!!!: Do you use hemp seeds? Have you ever tried them? What do you use them for or what would you sprinkle them on? Comment below and I will choose a random winner to receive a 2 oz. package of Hemp Hearts. Open to residents of the United States and Canada. Winner will be announced on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Good luck, Everyone, and get you some Hemp Hearts!