I was delighted to receive a package of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest last week to review! This package wasn’t completely foreign to me, as my dad has been buying them for years, but I was always a “flax, no hemp” girl when I made oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt bowls, and baking! Turns out, hemp hearts are pretty awesome, and super good for you too!
The nutrition facts are similar to flax, so I don’t know why I was so hesitant to try them! I think it’s because I tried a pea & hemp protein powder once in an effort to use more plant based proteins and it smelled like fish food and totally put me off of anything “hemp.” For a There are 170 calories in 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts, with 13g of fat, of which only 1.5g is saturated fat and the rest is heart healthy unsaturated fats!
Another thing that I personally found interesting was the high amounts of micronutrients in just three tablespoons of hemp hearts. Over 100% of your daily manganese, 30% iron, 15% folate (hello child-bearing aged women!!). Then there is the macronutrients, all of that healthy fat and TEN GRAMS of protein! For a girl who is constantly trying to replace protein powders with real food to get her protein, this is perfect. You can find all of the additional product nutrition facts on their website HERE.
One of my favourite ways to add hemp hearts to my day has been in overnight oats. I add about 1-1.5 tablespoons to my overnight oat “base mixture” of oats, greek yogurt, and milk, and then whatever other toppings and flavor I want. It is a good way to start my day off right with healthy fats and protein. I actually used THIS recipe from Kath Eats Real Food and replaced the chia with hemp, and the banana with whatever fruit I’m feeling that day.
My second favourite way to enjoy hemp hearts is in yogurt, usually with raisins and nuts. They don’t really add a “crunch” per se but they definitely add something, a little texture and a little taste. I don’t really notice them a ton so if you’re weird about adding ‘health’ food in places it shouldn’t be, these are perfect.
The best part about these suckers? You can buy them at Costco (and most other common grocery retailers)! I don’t know about you but that is a huge selling feature… aka I live 0.51 miles from a Costco. 😉 One issue with that is that you will buy enough hemp hearts to last a year and if you don’t reeeeeally love them, that is just annoying. I have the perfect solution.
A GIVEAWAY! One lucky reader is going to win a package of hemp hearts! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. You can earn bonus entries by interacting with me and Manitoba Harvest on Twitter! The contest closes a week from today, is open to Canadian residents, and the winner will be notified by email! GOOD LUCK!