Head over heels for Hemp Hearts

By: Health Local Staff Jun 15, 2011
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hemp hearts

The nutrition rock-star you might not know about.

If you’ve heard of hemp, you’ve probably heard of it as a green-friendly cotton substitute (hemp T-shirts, etc.) or as a braided rope wrapped around some shells to make a necklace, usually worn by the "Cali Girl" or "Surfer Dude" types. One thing you probably don’t know about hemp is how amazing it is for you. Hemp Hearts or shelled hemp seeds, are the cure for what ails you, pretty much no matter what that ailment happens to be.

Hemp hearts are a recent discovery of the health-conscious and they are somewhat of a miracle food. They are good for promoting weight loss and easy digestions and counteracting arthritis, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes, allergies and chronic fatigue – yes, seriously. Hemp Hearts are the way to kick your health regimen, diet, whatever, into high gear!

How do I include Hemp Hearts in my diet?
Including Hemp Hearts in your diet is a breeze. These little seeds are nearly tasteless, odorless and just 3 – 4 spoonfuls a day is all it takes to get the maximum health benefits that they can give you on their own. Combining them with a healthy lifestyle, plenty of exercise and good diet will do you one better!

What about Hemp Hearts is so good?
Hemp Hearts have a high level of protein and perfect balance of amino acids, Omega 3, Omega 6, vitamins and essential fats. It is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, sugar free and friendly to those with nut allergies. Eating Hemp in the morning will help keep you fuller and more energetic for longer and will keep working for you on a nutritional level throughout the day, helping with energy, digestion and general nutrition.

One thing to watch out for with hemp is that there are 250 calories in the recommended 4 tablespoons. This makes it a low calorie food – anything under 300 is considered “low cal,” and all 250 calories are packed with good stuff, but if you are on a diet that has you counting calories or something similar, you should be aware of this.

The easiest way to maximize the health benefits of hemp is to stir the 4 tablespoons into yogurt, cereal, smoothies, salads, stir fry or something similar -essentially eating them raw. If this doesn’t suit you – maybe you’re texture sensitive. If this is the case, there are some great recipes for hemp breads, pastas, meats and cookies.

Hemp cookies
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In the microwave, melt ¼ cup butter in a ceramic or glass mixing bowl (or on the stove in a saucepan). This should only take 30 seconds or so. Then, mix in 1/3 cup golden brown sugar with one small egg (lightly beaten) with the melted butter. In a separate bowl, mix ¼ cup flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ½ cup hemp hearts. Mix thoroughly. Then add your dry ingredients to your wet ones and beat until mixed but lumpy. Next, spoon dollops of the dough onto a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake them until they are golden brown and crisp on the edges.

What’s that? I can’t hear you. I am too busy enjoying my hemp cookies!

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