Why you should be adding Hemp Hearts into your diet

Here at LC.com we’re always on the lookout for the latest super food. Flax, maca, chia, and goji have long been a part of our smoothie and salad making process. But our favorite new addition to our diets is without a doubt Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. Hemp Hearts contain more protein and omegas and less carbs than either chia or flax (that’s a whopping 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids per 3 tablespoons.) They are full of health benefits, and fit every type of diet from Paleo to vegan to gluten-free. They also have a nice nutty taste (kind of like a sesame seed or pine nut) that makes them easy to incorporate into a variety of recipes.

Three tasty recipes featuring Hemp Hearts that we just can’t get enough of.

Manitoba Harvest specializes in healthy hemp foods, including Hemp Hearts, Hemp Protein Powder, Hemp Oil, and a snack we love called Hemp Heart Bites. So today we’ve teamed up with Manitoba Harvest to share three tasty recipes featuring Hemp Hearts that we just can’t get enough of. From a sweet horchata-inspired smoothie to a homemade trail mix to a protein-packed salad, check them all out below…

Healthy Horchata Smoothie

This healthy horchata smoothie recipe has our mouths watering!

Between the natural sweetness of the banana and the dash of cinnamon spice, this smoothie tastes like a healthy version of horchata. The two tablespoons of Hemp Hearts give you a good boost of protein and healthy omega fatty acids—which both work to keep you feeling full until your next meal.



Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Enjoy! 

Nutty Cocoa Trail Mix

Our favorite nutty cocoa trail mix recipe.

Store-bought trail mix can often contain refined sugar and even candy. Making your own is easy and so much healthier since you choose exactly what goes in it. The base of this trail mix is Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bites, which contains all the benefits of Hemp Hearts combined with only four other organic ingredients (and no refined sugar). They are nutty and sweet, in an easy-to-snack-on square.

We just can't put down our bag of Hemp Hearts Bites!



Combine all ingredients in a Ziplock baggie and shake to coat everything in a light dusting of cacao powder. Take with you for whenever you’re craving a tasty and nutritious snack.

Baby Spinach & Salmon Salad

Baby spinach and salmon salad.

This light lunch was inspired by one of our favorite Be Well By Kelly recipes, so it’s officially nutritionist-approved. Canned salmon is a healthy, delicious, alternative to tuna that is much lower in mercury. The Hemp Hearts add a nice, nutty taste to the leafy greens and lean protein in this salad.


  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 can wild-caught sockeye salmon
  • 1 Tbsp. your choice of avocado oil mayo or Dijon mustard
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • capers, to taste


Toss baby spinach with olive oil. Combine mayo with the canned salmon, and then plate the salmon salad and avocado slices on top of the bed of spinach. Top with Hemp Hearts and capers, and enjoy!

And there you have it! You could make all three today for breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. And if you’re looking for even more tasty ways to incorporate Hemp Hearts into your diet, you’re in luck because Manitoba Harvest has a bunch of other delicious recipes on their website.

Our favorite way to add protein into our diets.

Which one of these recipes are you most excited to try?

Make sure you pin it on Pinterest!

XO Team LC

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