Hemp hearts have been on the health food scene for quite a while now, but, for whatever reason, many people still haven’t given these delicious nutty seeds a chance. If you wish you could add even more nutritional oomph to your smoothies, salads and yogurts, it might be hemp seeds that you’re looking for.
Hemp hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds. They are said to have many health benefits because of their rich and diverse nutritional content. For starters, hemp hearts are a complete protein, so for vegetarians, or those trying to eat less meat, hemp hearts are a easy dietary substitution. They also contain essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3 as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. They’re packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E as well as the minerals calcium and iron.
But wait. There’s more!
The combination of complex carbohydrates, protein and calories in hemp hearts give us long-lasting energy — That’s energy and power for your day without consuming sugars or caffeine. They also aid in digestion and effectively curb hunger.
Feel awake, minimize caffeine intake and feel less hungry? Yeah. Definitely worth sprinkling some of these in your diet.
So, if by now you’re not sure why you haven’t tried them before, here’s an easy smoothie to get you started. The hemp hearts will add a nice nutty flavor that accompanies the coconut and avocado quite well. Drink this bad boy for breakfast and you’ll feel full for hours.
Creamy avocado, mango, hemp heart smoothie
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup frozen mango cubes
- 1/2 medium avocado, pitted, flesh scooped out
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2-3 tbsp hemp hearts
- Place water and coconut in the blender and blend on high for about 20 seconds or until water looks cloudy and coconut pieces are nearly gone.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth.
- Serve immediately. Makes 1 smoothie.
Also see, Creamy apple crisp smoothie.