Hemp Hearts - A Healthy Alternative
I first tried hemp hearts in 2010. My sister is a vegetarian, so my mom bought them to use as an additive in salads. I quickly started using them on my morning bagels with cream cheese. Pretty soon I realized that when I sprinkled them on top of my bagels, my energy sustained, and I didn’t become hungry almost immediately after eating my breakfast.
I was hooked.
A Splendid Superfood!
Hemp Hearts are nutrient-dense but have a subtle flavor. They kind of taste like a sunflower seed, without the hassle; but, when you add them to food they take on the flavor of whatever you are eating. They are high in protein, potassium, manganese and Omega-3 and contain all nine essential amino acids that your body needs but doesn’t naturally produce.
Interested in learning more?
Here are 27 ways to easily incorporate nutritional hemp hearts into your diet! I’ve tried them all and I stand by my word – Hemp Hearts are the best (and most nutritious) additive to any meal.
Add hemp hearts to any salad, just like a nut!
Top your smoothies with hemp hearts or blend them in for extra froth.
3. Peanut Butter & Jelly on Toasted Bread
Peanut Butter Jelly Time! But don’t forget the hemp hearts!
4. Deli Sandwiches
Add hemp hearts with mustard and avocado on a sandwich.
5. Corn on the Cob
Mix salt, pepper and hemp hearts then roll corn in seasoning.
Sprinkle hemp hearts on a Calzone before or after cooking.
7. Acai Bowls
Acai Bowls are packed with nutrients. Add hemp hearts to the bowl to make a superfood bowl!
8. English Muffin with Honey
Toast an English Muffin, add jam or peanut/almond butter. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and drizzle with honey.
9. Bagel Sandwich
I’ve already expressed my love for hemp hearts and bagels, why not make it a sandwich!
10. Open Face Egg Sandwich
While we are on the subject of breakfast, Hemp Hearts are great on eggs too!
11. Sprinkle on Pizza
Sprinkle Hemp Hearts on home-made pizza or take-out pizza!
12. Top it ON or mix it IN your burger
Vegetarian, Vegan or Omnivore, Hemp Hearts are great ON or IN burgers!
13. Season Your Baked Potato
Hemp Hearts with chives, pepper and salt… Nom Nom.
14. Top it on ice cream like a nut
Top any ice cream flavor with Hemp Hearts for an extra crunchy treat!
15. Vegan Ice Cream
If you’re feeling really pro-active, try vegan ice cream!
16. Avocado Bowl with seasoning
Feeling lazy? Cut an avocado in half, sprinkle with seasoning and Hemp Hearts
17. Oatmeal with brown sugar
Oatmeal and Hemp Hearts are a classic combination.
18. Open Face Mediterranean Pita
Hemp Hearts and Quinoa are a great combo. Try them together, Mediterranean style!
Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! Add Hemp Hearts on any pasta!
Spaghetti works too!
21. Breakfast Hash
Cook eggs, red cabbage, red onion, and sweet potatoes, then top with Hemp Hearts!
22. Hemp Heart crusted salmon
Encrust your salmon (or chicken) in Hemp Hearts and almond flour for an extra Omega-3 punch!
23. Orange Chicken Stir-Fry
Replace sesame seeds with Hemp Hearts. Add them to your stir-fry!
No need to get too fancy! Adding Hemp Hearts with toast provides sustained energy.
25. Sushi - Substitute the Sesame Seeds
But if you want to get fancy, try Hemp Hearts on Sushi!
26. Tofu, Rice and Veggies
Bring extra nutrition into grains like rice by adding Hemp Hearts.
27. Tacos or any Mexican Cuisine
Sprinkle Hemp Hearts on tacos, beans, guacamole, quesadillas… basically any Mexican cuisine.