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My New Favorite Snack: Toasted Hemp Seeds

Just like lunch or dinner ruts, snack ruts can be a pretty real thing around here. Cheese and crackers are a go-to around 4pm and if I’m really feeling like something special, I’ll make homemade popcorn (do you remember this super easy way to make it?). Apples and cheddar are a good, healthy choice and sometimes a handful of granola or a spoonful of peanut butter is all there is time for.

But for now at least, snack ruts are a thing of the past as I’ve become mildly obsessed with this new discovery: toasted hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds aren’t necessarily new to me. I’ve been buying raw hemp seeds in the refrigerated case at our local co-op and sprinkling them on top of my yogurt. If you’re not familiar with them, hemp seeds come from the same plant that hemp cloth is made from; the seeds are edible and are enjoyed raw or roasted and boast some impressive nutritional benefits (they contain all of the essential amino acids, so they’re a great choice for vegetarians and other folks seeking out more protein in their diets).

While I’d long enjoyed the raw seeds for breakfast, I’d never tried them toasted and salted until quite recently. And I’m sold! They satisfy that ‘need a little something salty’ without the fat of a potato or tortilla chip and pack a nutritional punch: Five tablespoons have 15 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

The best part though? They have this addictive crunchiness and wonderful earthy flavor that makes them like no other snack. I’ve been eating them straight by the handful or using them as a topping for salads or soups —we even used them as part of a breading for grilled chicken the other night.

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Megan is a freelance writer, recipe developer and cookbook writer. Her first book, Whole-Grain Mornings, (Ten Speed Press) is available in bookstores nationwide.

Just like lunch or dinner ruts, snack ruts can be a pretty real thing around here. Cheese and crackers are a go-to around 4pm and if I’m really feeling like something special, I’ll make homemade popcorn (do you remember this super easy way to make it?). Apples and cheddar are a good, healthy choice and sometimes a handful of granola or a spoonful of peanut butter is all there is time for.

From the White Lotus Kitchen

Hemp is one of the world’s oldest plants — possibly one of its most misrepresented and misunderstood. The plant is a great fiber source used to make numerous products including clothing, paper, and as we probably all know, even the first American flag. Hemp seeds are one of the highest sources of the Omegas 3, 6, and 9. The seeds are a strong source of available protein and can be eaten raw or toasted as in the recipe below. Hemp seeds make an amazing milk or cream and can be added to smoothies both for a protein source and to provide a nutty flavor and creamy texture. For many people, hemp as a protein is far more digestible than soy. The following simple recipe uses hulled hemp seeds, also known as “hemp hearts” which taste very similar to pine nuts. They make an easy, incredible snack or addition to salads, soups or grains when sprinkled on top. What a great way to get your EFA’s.

Hulled hemp seeds can be bought at your health food store or online through any number of companies. Look for sources that have fewer hulls, more hearts. That is the key to tasty hemp. Some which we have enjoyed are Rocky Mountain Grain Products ordered through healing-source.com; other sources are nutiva.com or naturesperfectfood.com.

Recipe:
Large dry skillet
2 cups hemp hearts
Tamari, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Sea Salt

In a large cast iron or any other dry skillet, toast approximately 2 cups of hemp hearts over a gentle, low heat. Stir or shake pan consistently. When the seeds begin to pop or darken slightly, remove from heat and lightly spray with Tamari or Braggs or sprinkle sea salt to taste. Continue to toss or shake seeds in the pan until the salt source has dried and pour onto cookie sheet or wooden plate to cool.

Hemp is one of the world's oldest plants — possibly one of its most misrepresented and misunderstood. The plant is a great fiber source used to make numerous products including clothing, paper, and as we probably all know, even the first American flag. Hemp seeds are one of the highest sources of the Omegas 3, 6, and 9. The seeds are a strong source of available protein and