One of my biggest struggles is being able to get in enough protein every day. Carbs and fats are pretty easy for me; protein, not so much. Protein is so important for our bodies, too. Building and repairing muscle, growing strong hair and nails and bones, making hormones and other chemicals in our bodies, and boosting weight loss are just a few important reasons why we need protein in our daily diet. So when I am able to add extra protein into my meals in a new and yummy way, I go for it. Because really, baked chicken and protein shakes just get OLD after a while.
The cool people over at Manitoba Harvest wanted to know if I’d like to try out one of their products, hemp hearts. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too sure about hemp hearts in the beginning. What in the world IS it? What does it taste like? Is it weird? I agreed to test it out and give my opinion, and here’s what I found.
It actually is not weird. It doesn’t even have a very strong taste, except for a mild nutty flavor which wasn’t even that noticeable. Hemp hearts are literally the “heart” of a hemp seed (just like you eat the inside of a sunflower seed). They can be sprinkled on salads, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, etc, just as you would add any other seeds to your food. And in one serving of hemp hearts, you get 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas. That’s not a bad deal!
I wasn’t in the mood for a salad or oatmeal when I decided to try it out, but I am somewhat hooked on Noosa yoghurt right now so that’s what I grabbed. I had also just bought a few different berries at Sprouts, so I grabbed those too. Am I the only person who enjoys eating food that looks pretty? I doubt it. It just seems to taste better when it’s arranged nicely and full of colors, don’t you think?
I emptied my yoghurt into my bowl, and topped it with about 1/3 cup each of blueberries and raspberries, then sprinkled 1.5 Tbsp of hemp hearts on top (one half serving). I mixed it all around and ate it. Ohhh man, that was one yummy bite. I actually made sure to get more of the hemp hearts into my next bite because I couldn’t even taste them at all, and wouldn’t have known they were there if not for the texture in my yoghurt. With a lot of them on my spoon, I noticed the subtle nutty flavor, but the rest of the time I could barely notice they were there. For the added protein and omegas in my snack, this is one super easy way to bump up the nutrition without feeling like I’m adding in something weird or gross.
For you calorie and macro counters out there, this bowl of yum gave me about 420 calories (43 g carbs, 20 g fat, 19 g protein, 5 g fiber). Some people would freak out at that number, but I am fueling my body. I don’t restrict myself from carbs or fats, and I actually prefer to eat healthy whole fat foods because they have fewer chemical additives to mask the yucky taste of low fat or low sugar content. So for me, this is a perfect balance of macros and would be a great breakfast or snack to add into my day. And another awesome part: it kept me full for a few hours after! Whole, clean foods make my body happy.Want to be #fuelledbyhemp with @Manitobaharvest Hemp Hearts? #Win yours here! #giveaway Click To Tweet
So now that you’ve heard my thoughts, why don’t you get a bag of hemp hearts for yourself? This contest is open to anyone in the US and Canada, but you must have a physical address (no PO Boxes, sorry). Just follow the steps listed in the Rafflecopter below and enter to win! A winner will be chosen at random to receive an 8 oz bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, and will be notified by email. If no response within 2 business days, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I received a bag of hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest for my personal review. All opinions stated are my own.