March 5, 2011

005 Hemp Hearts and Hunger [30 March 2009]

Your day should start with a good high-protein breakfast. This is especially true if you want to lose weight.

Protein is what your body craves when you feel hunger. Low-protein carbohydrate foods (think cereal and toast) won’t satisfy your hunger for long, and you will be hungry again well before noon. A high-protein breakfast will let you skip those high (empty) calorie snacks at coffee break.

A simple way to increase protein in a meal is to add a serving of hemp hearts. Five tablespoons of hemp hearts provides 20 grams of high quality complete protein. It contains more essential amino acids (protein “building blocks”) than meat, milk or eggs and is more digestible than soy protein.

Hemp hearts are the kernel of the hemp seed with the tough outer coat removed. They are also a good source of Omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids and fiber. Hemp hearts are nut and gluten free and safe for diabetics.

Ideas for adding hemp hearts to your diet:
  • Sprinkle on a bowl of hot or cold cereal
  • Add to a smoothie
  • Stir in a bowl of yogurt or fruit
  • Add to salads, casseroles or cooked vegetables
  • Mix with rice or pasta
  • Always add to a hot dish after cooking to preserve the valuable EFAs
My first experience with hemp hearts for breakfast was amazing. Not only was I not hungry between meals, I actually forgot to eat lunch and went through the whole day to suppertime without feeling hungry. So don’t skip breakfast if you want to lose weight. Eat hemp hearts and skip those between-meal snacks.

This article is intended for educational purposes only; for medical advice consult your licensed health practitioner.

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