I picked up these little hemp hearts at Costco last week. I’ve tried hemp protein and oil, and although I’ve seen these little guys on the shelf for a while now, I hadn’t taken the plunge and purchased. Well, I’m glad I did!
So what exactly is hemp? Hemp is a variation of the plant cannabis sativa, and it is used for many, many things besides a nutritious food like fuel, clothing, and cosmetics. As a food, hemp is jam packed with healthy fats including omega 3s and plenty of easily digestible protein that includes all essential amino acids. And, of course hemp provides tons of vitamins and minerals. The hemp hearts are the most nutritious part of the hemp seed (even better!) and lend a rich nutty flavor and delicious crunch too. So pick up some of these little raw goodies the next time you are at your natural grocer or Costco, and try this smoothie!
Other ideas for hemp hearts: add to your “Good Morning Muesli” or sprinkle some on your salads or Greek yogurt.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- optional: handful of ice
- Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender, and blend until smooth.