I first heard about hemp hearts and seeds from my friends Basil and Susan , a lovely Canadian couple who own a Natural Foods Store ( among other things). They used these powerful little seeds on salads, in smoothies, and in other wonderful recipes. I loved the way they brought so much flavor to an ordinary salad and added them into my ‘salad topping’ catalog. You really must make our ‘Delightful Spring Salad’ this week… it’s topped with yummy hemp hearts!
What is a hemp heart:
Hemp hearts are shelled seeds from the hemp plant which is a variety of the cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant. Hemp does not contain large amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main ingredient that produces a high. While it has numerous industrial uses, the seeds from the hemp plant are also a superfood that comes with numerous health benefits. You will feel an amazing health boost when you add just a few tbsp of these seeds to your diet daily.
Our Top 3 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds and Hearts:
~ They contain all 10 essential amino acids.
~ 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds = 11 grams of protein.
~ They contain a healthy anti-inflammatory 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats.
Where can you buy them:
Most major grocery stores, all of the natural food stores, and of course on Amazon.com .