When we typically think of food, we think of comfort food, sweet food, salty, foods we crave, foods we can't stand ... but how often do we think of foods for our health? Not a whole lot. And that should change. If you haven't read the last two Mondays articles How I Eat, I encourage you to go read them. I strongly believe that if we eat for our health, our obesity problems, diseases and other health issues would drastically improve for the better. When people start realizing how the food they eat affects them - either positive or negative - things will start to change.
Personally I eat for my health. When I'm not traveling, I try to eat anywhere from 15-20 veggies a day plus a few fruits. All fresh - not from a bag, can, box. Veggies are packed with tons of vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs. Veggies are my medicine.
I also eat natural "supplements" and superfoods like Brewer's Yeast, Organic Blackstrap Molasses, Chia Seeds and my new, recent favorite Hemp Hearts. I recently discovered Hemp Hearts at the grocery store and I couldn't be more happy with the discovery!
I've taken Hemp Powder and Hemp Milk for the past few years and love the benefits of Hemp. Let's discover them!
I know what you're thinking - isn't Hemp marijuana? No. They are in the same family (cannabis), but two entirely different things. For example, it would be like saying a Golden Retriever is the same as a Poodle. So you won't fail a drug test and you won't get high. There is 0.0001 THC in Hemp. OK, now that we got that issue out of the way, let's move on :).
Why is Hemp so good for you?
It is packed with protein, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), Omega 3s and 6, fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin B6 (helps with stress), zinc ... the list is endless.
So when I saw Hemp Hearts I knew it was love at first sight. I couldn't wait to get home and try them! I tore open the bag and sprinkled them on my salad. Then had them on my sweet potato that evening and the combination was perfect. I have eaten them straight from the bag, poured them on Almond Yogurt (dairy free), sprinkled them on hard-boiled eggs, and the most recent experiment was eating them as I attempted to run another 100 mile ultramarathon a few days ago.
I enjoy the soft, delicate crunch and the taste! I buy the Manitoba Harvest brand Hemp products because they accessible at my local natural food store and I know they are a quality brand. If you can't find them at a store near you, they do ship.
I encourage you to give them a try!
Disclosure: At time of writing, I was not asked, paid or endorsing mentioned brand. I personally buy the products and share with you so you too can live a healthy life.