Today I wanted to tell you about my love for hemp seeds from Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. Personally, I find hemp seeds SO versatile and I literally use them daily in so many ways. I love their nutty taste and how easy they are to sprinkle on to anything from your smoothie to your salad to breading your chicken tenders with (which is delicious btw – you must try that!). I love hemp seeds for healthy fat content and their 10g of protein per serving. They actually contain more protein than either of flax or chia seeds – crazy right!
The nutritional profile:
If you’re a numbers kind of person, to give you an idea, 1 serving (3 tbsp) of Manitoba Harvest’s Organic Hemp Hearts contains 30% of our daily recommended iron and thiamine, 40% of our daily Phosphorus, 70% of Magnesium, 30% Zinc and a 100% of our daily manganese. THAT is an impressive profile if you ask me.
PS. hemp seeds are not to be confused with marijuana. They ARE a species of Cannabis Sativa but are NOT the same as they do not contain THC (which is the active component that makes you feel high).
To give you an idea of how I like to use hemp seeds and their different applications, I’ve come up with a few simple recipes you can try at home too AND the cherry on top… Manitoba Harvest will be doing a giveaway with me on my Instagram account @balancingandie so look out for that and join in by telling me YOUR favourite way to use hemp hearts. You can get some inspiration by visiting their website by clicking here and checking out their amazing line of products including Hemp Heart Toppers, Hemp Heart Bites, Hemp Oil etc. Plus, they are Canadian, which makes me just a little bit more excited too!
2/3 cup steel cut oats (for chewy texture) or quick oats (for softer texture)
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp Manitoba Harvest organic hemp seeds
1 cup dairy free milk (like almond, cashew, oat etc.)
Fruit of choice like a banana, persimmon (pictured), berries etc.
Optional: 1 tsp of your favourite sweetener like maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar etc.
Mix the first 4 ingredients (and optional sweetener, if using) and leave for at least 6 hours or overnight.
When it’s time to eat, top with toppings of your choice and enjoy! This makes 2 servings so share with a friend or refrigerate the rest.
3 tbsp Manitoba Harvest organic hemp seeds
1 cup filtered water
1 tsp ceremonial matcha (culinary grade tastes more bitter but can be used)
1 tsp raw honey
1 scoop collagen peptides
1/2 tsp Ashwagandha powder
1/2 tsp Gelatinized Maca powder
Mix the hemp seeds and water in a high power blender (like a Vitamix) for 2 minutes until smoothe.
Transfer to a pot and heat on medium-high heat until warm but not boiling.
Add back to the blender, plus matcha and any optional ingredients. Mix for 30 seconds and serve warm.
3 cups packed Kale (washed and chopped)
1 tbsp avocado oil
3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
3 cups cooked, cubed sweet potatoes
Baked Sweet Potatoes
2 small sweet potatoes (about 4 heaping cups)
1 tbsp avocado oil
1/4 tsp salt & black pepper
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest organic hemp seeds
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice (approx 1/2 lemon)
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp siracha
2 tsp maple syrup
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425F. Wash and cut sweet potatoes into cubes (I leave the skin on). Toss with avocado oil, salt and pepper and bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
Combine dressing ingredients in a high power blender for 2 minutes until smooth. Set aside.
Wash, dry and cut Kale into strips, add to large bowl and add olive oil and massage the Kale for about 2 minutes (helps to soften the leaves).
Add cooked sweet potatoes, pomegranate seeds and serve with dressing on the side or toss immediately prior to serving. Enjoy!
I told you these recipes would be super easy 🙂 . I’d love to see the different ways you like to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet. As always, please tag me on my socials @balancingandie in your creations! I LOVE to see them!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest. However, as always, the opinions expressed are always my own.