A few weeks ago I was sent a complimentary sample of Hemp Hearts courtesy of Swaggable. I really didn’t know what to expect from them, but through doing a little reading, I discovered that Hemp Hearts are shelled hemp seeds. Removing the outer layer of the seed allows for a softer texture that is easy to chew.
When my sample arrived, I tasted them on their own first. The package recommends sprinkling Hemp Hearts over cereal, yogurt, or salad. After I realized how mild the flavor is, I decided to go with sprinkling the package into my yogurt to add a little bulk. They matched with my yogurt perfectly! The slight nuttiness of the Hemp Hearts added another dimension of flavor and the texture of the seeds made me feel like I was eating just a little more than my normal morning snack.
Now, let’s talk about the nutritional value of Hemp Hearts. I did a little research on both the Manitoba Harvest website and using the app Fooducate. Hemp seeds are a little higher in fat (just like other nuts and seeds), but hemp seeds are a great source of fiber and protein. A 3 tablespoon serving of Hemp Hearts provides you with 10 grams of protein. I don’t think my trial size was quite that large of a serving, but once I add in the protein from the yogurt, that’s a good serving of protein for one snack.
With all of that considered, these are a winner, but then also consider that Hemp Hearts are only minimally processed and are certified by the Non-GMO Project. That makes me personally very happy! I’m planning to pick up a bag soon and figure out how else I can use them! I’m thinking some healthy baking might be in my future…