Smoothies are one of my favourite go-to quick and healthy breakfasts or snacks. They are a fantastic way to add nutrition to your diet - especially protein (which women often fall short of getting enough of). Protein is an absolute must at breakfast to help keep your blood sugar levels stable, give you energy, and keep cravings at bay. What I love about this smoothie is that it's creamy, packed with protein and is good for your heart! The secret ingredient to make this so? The very aptly named Hemp Heart!
Only 3 tbsp of hemp seeds (or Hemp Hearts) contain a whopping 10g of protein, and 2.5g of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They add a bit of a nutty flavour when blended into a smoothie (which is deeee-lish) but I also love to sprinkle them on top of a salad, Greek yogurt, or oatmeal to give those foods a heart-healthy boost.
Omega-3 fatty acids are highly anti-inflammatory, which protects your heart and blood vessels from damage in the long term. They are also very helpful for conditions like menstrual cramps, anxiety, or irritable bowel syndrome which all have an element of inflammation involved.
Make this smoothie for yourself or double it to share it with someone who's heart you care for!
These beauty little seeds above are hemp seeds - since they are so small they blend really well into your smoothie and leave no hint of grittiness or odd textures.
Ingredients (makes 1 smoothie, double as needed!)