Hemp Hearts: A Guide To Today's Hottest Superfood

by Brandon Topp

Hemp hearts keep popping up in dishes at hip cafes, vegan recipes, and farmers market essentials lists. But, why? 

In the new cookbook The Hot Detox Plan by nutritionist Julie Daniluk—host of Z Living’s popular show Healthy Gourmet—Daniluk uses the ingredient consistently to help recreate classically unhealthy dishes into warming, anti-inflammatory delights. 

Check out more about Healthy Gourmet here and find out where to watch the show.

What Is A Hemp Heart?

Also known as "shelled hemp-seeds," hemp hearts are a seed-like superfood that are stocked with Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin E. They have a delicious, nutty flavor that makes hemp hearts a good snack, and a tasty peanut-butter substitute for different recipes. Check out Daniluk's book for some ideas for healthy hemp heart recipes, and read on to learn why this ingredient should become a staple of your diet.  

Here Are Five Essential Health Benefits Of Hemp Hearts 

1. Hemp Hearts Are Great Source Of Vegan Protein.


Alongside sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, hemp hearts serve as a healthy source of vegan protein. This is huge for all types of eaters — from vegans to carnivores. Even if you like to eat meat, mixing vegan proteins into your diet can help balance your diet and curb some of the unhealthy fats that come with a steak. 

Also on Z Living: Julie Daniluk, Host Of 'Healthy Gourmet,' Talks Wellness

2. Hemp Hearts Add Great Flavor & Texture To Tons Of Recipes.

Hemp hearts bring a lot of flavor and texture to recipes, like those in Julie Daniluk’s The Hot Detox Plan. In her vegan burgers recipe, hemp hearts help firm up the burger and add texture. In her hemp-heart cookies, the ingredient adds crunch and a nutty flavor. 

Z Living featured three recipes from the book, linked below. Try them yourself!

3. Protein-Rich Hemp Hearts Can Help You Conquer Unhealthy Cravings.

Adding more protein to your diet in the form of healthy hemp hearts can also help you conquer unhealthy cravings. In her book, Daniluk writes, “recent studies show that American adults consume up to 64 percent of their total calories at night,” and goes on to state, “a study published in Nutrition Metabolism indicates that increasing your protein intake by 30 percent can reduce total caloric intake by approximately 450 calories per day.” 

The takeaway? A protein-rich snack like hemp hearts can help curb those late-night cravings. And if you still find yourself reaching for the cookie jar, Daniluk suggests satisfying your cravings with low-sodium vegetable soups. 

Also on Z Living: 8 Smart Food Tips From 'Healthy Gourmet' Host Julie Daniluk

4. Hemp Hearts Are An Excellent Source Of Magnesium. 

Hemp hearts are also a great source of magnesium, which does wonders for your body and mind. Some of which include: increased energy, decreased anxiety, increased heart health, and relief for muscle aches and spasms. 

Also on Z Living: The 'Healthy Gourmet' Hosts On Fennel's Health Benefits

5. Hemp Hearts Are An Exceptionally Versatile Ingredient.

Daniluk’s book shows us a whole bunch of ways that hemp hearts can be used to bring flavor and nutrition to a recipe. In the book, Daniluk makes milk from hemp hearts, and uses them in everything from cookies to pudding, salad dressing, granola, burgers, pate, and more.

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