I have been loving chia seeds for quite some time now but I am quickly falling in love with hemp hearts as well. I started adding hemp hearts to mine and my children’s morning smoothies several months ago and have no intention of stopping. I notice an increase in energy and feeling of well-being in myself since I have added hemp hearts to my diet.
You may be wondering “what the heck is a hemp heart?”, if you are I will happily fill you in on these amazing seeds! Hemp hearts are shelled seeds of the hemp plant, they are totally legal (you won’t get high or fail a drug test by eating them!) and they are oh so good for you.
Hemp hearts pack a healthy punch. They help to lower your blood pressure, improve in digestion, lower your cholesterol and boost your energy. Here are a few more awesome things about hemp hearts:
- excellent source of protein which provides you with a bunch of energy
- contain more amino acids than milk, meat, or eggs
- concentrated balance of proteins, fats, vitamins, and enzymes
- contains more omega 3 essential fat than fish
- contain all of the omega 3 fats required for our health
- complete protein source
- improves immunity
- help with constipation
Now you may be wondering how you eat hemp hearts. They are very easy to add to your daily diet and they have a very pleasant nutty taste. Here are a few ways that I eat hemp hearts:
- simply sprinkle on your favorite dishes
- add to your smoothies
- add to your breadcrumb mixture when cooking
- use in place of nuts in recipes
- or just eat a spoonful!
Now that I have shared the benefits of hemp hearts and how you can add them to your daily diet you certainly want to know how much you should ingest daily. The recommended minimum dosage is 4 heaping tablespoons daily and the maximum dosage is 6 tablespoons daily. I add 3 tablespoons to my smoothie and typically sprinkle a spoonful on my lunch or dinner. I add it to my homemade granola and granola bars as well.
The only precaution I have read about while researching hemp hearts is that they are a natural anti-coagulation which may cause thin blood. As always, if you suffer from any health conditions please consult a doctor prior to introducing hemp hearts to your diet.
I still eat chia seeds and flax seeds but I also love hemp hearts and am so happy that I have discovered them and added them to my diet. They are a great healthy addition to anyone’s diet and I highly recommend them!
Do you already love hemp hearts? What is your favorite way to eat them?
These are the hemp hearts that I purchase and use:
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