Hemp Seeds: A Super Protein Superfood!

Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally well-balanced foods on the planet and one of nature’s very best sources of easily assimilated plant-based protein. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids you need, as well as heart-healthy Omega-3 essential fatty acids, trace vitamins and minerals, and dietary fiber. Hemp seeds taste similar to that of a sunflower seed or pine nut and can be eaten as a snack or added to salads, or your favorite soups, sauces, dips or smoothies.

Heinen’s carries two varieties of hemp seeds: Organic Traditions Hemp Hearts and Bob’s Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seeds. Heinen’s also has several tasty superfood cereals by Living Intentions and Qia that contain hemp and other nutrient-rich, plant-based ingredients. Try some today!

This recipe combines two superfood powerhouses: Kale and hemp seeds. This salad is always a hit and sure to please!

Raw Kale & Apple Salad with Hemp Seed Dressing

Makes about 6 servings
• 4-5 tablespoons Bragg apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons raw honey
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 4-5 teaspoons hemp seeds
• 1/4 teaspoon Real Salt or Celtic salt or Himalayan salt
• Freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 3 tablespoons grape seed or extra virgin olive oil *If needed, oil can be reduced or eliminated.
• 1/3 cup small-dice red onion (about 1/4 medium onion)

• 1 pound Lacinato kale (about 2 bunches)
• 2 medium apples: 1 Granny Smith and 1 Fuji (or some other sweet apple)

For the dressing:
Place the vinegar, honey, mustard, hemp seeds and salt in a large bowl, season with pepper, and whisk to combine. While whisking constantly, slowly add the oil until all of it is incorporated. Add the onion, stir to combine, and set aside.

For the green salad:
Wash and dry the kale. Cut out and remove stems (save the stems for your smoothies or homemade veggie stock).  Arrange the leaves into stacks, slice crosswise into 1/4-inch ribbons, and add to the bowl with the dressing. Core the apples, cut them into 1 1/2-inch-long matchsticks, and add to the bowl. Toss to combine. Let the greens sit for at least 15 minutes at room temperature and up to 1 day in the refrigerator for the flavors to meld. Toss again before serving. Enjoy!

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