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Manitoba Harvest – We heart hemp foods SO much we see no reason to love any other, and that’s why we ONLY manufacture and sell hemp foods. Sharing the hemp love is just what we do best.
I’ll be honest, hemp hearts are not something you will find in our kitchen, or at least not until now. While I heard of hemp hearts, I never really researched it enough to go ahead and say, “We need this as part of our everyday life”. So when the opportunity came along to do a review of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts trough Fit Approach I was excited not only to try this super plant, but also to learn more about it.
We received Manitoba Harvest Natural Hemp Hearts and I have to admit I fell in love with the look and taste of it from the first moment. This nutritious little plant is ready to eat straight from the bag, they are delicious when added to recipes like salads, cereal, power bars, smoothies, pasta, cookies… just to name a few.
Some delicious facts about Hemp Hearts:
- Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
- Hemp Hearts may look little, but they contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas (3 and 6) per 30 gram serving – more than a comparable serving of Flax or Chia.
- Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
- Hemp Hearts, as with all Manitoba Harvest products, are Non-GMO Project Verified.
I must say for me the convenience of adding hemp hearts to just about any recipe won. I love how easy we can add extra protein and omegas to our morning smoothies, cereals and other delicious recipes. With so many food allergies and sensitivities we are dealing with lately in our house, it’s nice to have an extra beneficial food we can enjoy and know that is good for us. I also love the nutty taste it gives (especially since we are avoiding nuts because of the allergies) making it perfect in so many baked recipes, as well as pasta dishes and of course snacks.
We loved browsing the Manitoba Harvest Recipes on their website and of course coming up with our own ways to incorporate hemp hearts in our daily diet. Some of our favorite ways to use hemp hearts is on fresh fruit, smoothies, morning cereals, pasta, pancakes and in baked goods like muffins and breads.
One of our favorite recipes from Manitoba Harvest is this yummy Azalicious Hemp Shake (image below) which made us come up with a similar recipe of our own… Hope you’ll like it!
Here is a simple protein packed smoothie I make for my husband on busy mornings, or for a quick snack before or after workouts! The version I make for myself uses water instead of milk and I don’t use protein powder (nursing a baby with allergies)!
Protein Packed Smoothie with Hemp Hearts
1 small banana (for a thicker smoothie use frozen banana)
1 cup mixed berries (we use blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
1/2 cup milk of choice (we use coconut milk)
1 teaspoon raw cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
1 scoop protein powder of choice (vanilla or chocolate flavor)
Optional toppings: hemp hearts, cinnamon, raw cocoa powder, carob chips… (we use carob chips, cinnamon and Hemp Hearts)
Add everything in a blender and blend for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until well blended and creamy. This makes one smoothie. Serve right away with desired toppings…
Note: The nutrition calculated is with 1/2 cup coconut milk and without any toppings. Different milk will give you different amounts of calories and other nutrition as well as adding the toppings!
For more delicious recipes, good for you hemp products or just to check out what’s new, don’t forget to visit Manitoba Harvest.
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