002_Product_Thumb_HH_1More than ever, we are seeing an increase of healthy seeds onto store shelves, and for good reason. Hemp Hearts (aka raw shelled hemp seeds) in particular, are a complete plant-based protein and offer up a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. They are also low in carbohydrates and provide a good source of fiber. Hemp Hearts can easily be added into everyday meals which makes them a great, healthy addition to your diet.

Here are a few simple ways to incorporate Hemp Hearts into your diet:

Breakfast:

  • 002_Product_Thumb_HPV_2Sprinkle Hemp Hearts over a slice of toast with peanut butter for a little added crunch.
  • Add in hemp seeds to your regular smoothie ingredients for a boost of protein and fibre.
  • Mix hemp seeds into your morning bowl of oatmeal. That added protein will keep you feeling fuller longer.
  • Sprinkle Hemp Hearts over cereal.

Lunch and Dinner:

  • MeanBean_SaladSprinkle hemp seeds onto your favourite salad in place of croutons.
  • Use Hemp Hearts along with other seasonings to coat chicken or fish with then bake in oven.
  • Add into homemade black beans burgers. Combine mashed black beans, corn, diced jalapeño, seasonings, hemp seeds, and an egg. Form patties and bake until golden on the outside.

Snack:

  • Hemp Hearts are a great addition to homemade granola. Combine oats, seeds, nuts, unsweetened 002_Product_Thumb_HPV_4 coconut, and seasonings with coconut oil and a drizzle of honey. Bake in oven until golden brown.
  • Top yogurt with Hemp Hearts  for an extra boost of nutrition.

What is your favourite way to use hemp seeds?

Kristen Bourque, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian and blogger at Swanky Dietitian http://swankydietitian.com