Cherry on Top: Hemp Seeds!

Does anyone else feel like nutrition is such a riddle these days? There are various (albeit beneficial) food fads. Foods I never heard of are currently buzzing while foods I thought were awesome are now demonized. Ack! I simply can’t keep up with it, nor do I care to. Instead of eliminating bad things, I try to add as many good things as I can. With this method in mind, bad things just seemed to get edged out by the nourishing, yummy, and wholesome things I am focusing on. For us, this sometimes involves something I call the Cherry on Top: sneaking in subtle, nutrient-rich superfoods into an existing dish. This idea is great whether you’re postpartum or feeding growing children or you’re simply a person who eats food. Ahem, it’s good for all of us.

One of my favorite things to cherry-on-top is hemp seeds. Heard of them? They rock. They are rich in two essential fatty acids, protein, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc. *Gasp for air* They may reduce your risk of heart disease, relieve eczema and other skin disorders, temper symptoms of PMS and menopause, and aid digestion. (source)

See why I like them so much? Maybe I’ll start a Hemp Seed Fan Club. I keep a bag of these guys in my fridge and sprinkle them on top of everything I can:

  • Yogurt
  • Porridge and oatmeal
  • Smoothies
  • Granola bars (these are my favorite!)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pizza

Hemp seeds have such a subtle taste; they sneak in very easily to anything you’re making, which makes them especially handy for picky eaters! Do you have any other ideas of what to add them to?

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