You probably know by now that I’m slightly obsessed with Hemp Hearts. They’ve got amazing nutritional benefits and incredible versatility, and since I eat a mainly plant-based diet, I love adding plant foods rich in protein like nuts and seeds to almost everything I can. Today I’ve partnered with Manitoba Harvest to share 3 different ways that you can incorporate these magical seeds into your meals. I’m going to show you how to DRINK, BLEND and SPRINKLE them so that you’ll always have an option to include them into your diet, no matter what meal of the day.
Lets get started!
Plant-based milks can be found on almost every grocery shelf these days because they’re a great non-dairy option for milk lovers. You can basically take any nut/seed and blend it with some water and presto! You have a rich and creamy milk substitute that won’t cause bloating or skin breakouts. I gave up dairy milk a couple of years ago and I love the fresh taste and texture of plant-based milks. Making hemp milk is super easy and doesn’t even need to be strained – the seeds are so buttery they blend right up into frothy milk.
Soaking and blending nuts and seeds is another great way to get healthy fats and protein into your diet. You can create creamy sauces or spreads without any dairy or saturated fats! I love making homemade salad dressings like my Chipotle Ranch Dressing instead of the store bought ones that have 100-ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. Who even really knows what’s in those? All I know is that everyone seems to have 20 bottles in their fridge and they never seem to expire….
You can blend Hemp Hearts into a savoury pesto to top your brown rice pasta or blend up a rich, nut-free sweet chocolate spread to serve with fruit or on toast in the mornings…because who doesn’t want to eat chocolate for breaky?
This is obviously the easiest and sometimes the best way to add Hemp Hearts into your day. Since Hemp Hearts have a mild nutty taste they basically go well with anything already on the menu. Whether it’s a smoothie, salad or my new favourite way- in granola, you can sprinkle these seeds anywhere you want. I actually prefer it in my smoothies as a protein powder substitute since it creates a creamy texture without even adding nut milk.
There you have it, 3 ways to add more protein and healthy fats into your diet with Hemp Hearts. You can really get creative when it comes to these seeds so have fun with your food in the kitchen and Hemp up your meals!