I would have thought by now that everyone has heard of Hemp Hearts and their benefits, but surprisingly folks are still discovering this amazing superfood!
One of the biggest questions I get asked is if Hemp Hearts are the same as marijuana and will I feel different eating them? Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa but no, hemp is not the same as marijuana. Hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) while marijuana contains up to 20% or more.
Hemp Hearts are one of those super foods that you can enjoy right out of the bag! They are slightly nutty flavoured, soft, and so easy to add into your diet. Add them to your morning smoothie, cereal, yoghurt, salads, soups, I even throw them into stir fry’s! They don’t overpower the taste of other foods but pack a whole lot of health benefits! Manitoba Harvest has a great recipe page that you can find by clicking here.
Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas per 30 gram serving.
More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
Rich in Vitamin E
The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function.
The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Hemp seeds are one of the few Omega-3 sources found in plants.
Besides Hemp Hearts, there are a number of other hemp products that offer the same benefits. At Generation Green, we stock the following Manitoba Harvest Hemp products:
Organic Hemp Hearts (by the bag & now also in bulk!), Yummy Hemp Heart Bites (a perfect snack), Hemp Pro 70 Protein Powder (water-soluble and has a smooth texture), Hemp Bliss Beverages (certified organic), and their brand new energy bars in three flavours (chocolate, vanilla & apple cinnamon).
Just recently I tried out my first cup of certified organic and wildly harvested Canadian chaga tea from Annanda Chaga, and well…. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I’ve never tasted a tea so truly earthy before (I guess I’m pretty bad at describing tastes… but it was wicked).
I never was a huge tea drinker, it had always just tasted like watered down nothingness to me, but after I made a commitment to quit caffeine I needed something other than hot lemon water to keep me lovin life. So I tried various caffeine free, organic and fair trade teas but found nothing I fell in love with. I’m not saying I’m in LOVE with chaga just yet, but I’m certainly on the journey towards falling head over heels for this wonderful super food.
Chaga grows naturally on living birch trees, and slowly harnesses the strength, nutrients and longevity of living trees into a concentrated form. This makes chaga one of the most nutrient dense and powerful superfoods found on our planet! It’s been traditionally used for thousands of years to prevent diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancers while benefiting the organs and immune system. For me, the prevention aspect of drinking chaga is what drew me in.
In our modern world of medicine there is so much talk of promoting awareness for various cancers and solving a wide spectrum of health issues with prescription medication. Now I’m not saying this aspect of medicine is completely wrong, but I do believe there needs to be a shift to promoting and discussing prevention which in turn, will lead to less talk and need for treatment. I want to protect my future self as much as I possibly can now , and chaga is helping me do just that! So lets protect our future selves, lets fall in love with chaga. Purchase chaga in our online store through this link.
Sherry’s Pick – GLA Borage Oil from Lorna Vanderhaeghe
You know how you have those certain products that if you stop taking/using them you immediately notice? Well GLA is one of those for me and that’s why I’ve chosen it as my pick this month!
GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) is an Omega-6 essential fatty acid that the body doesn’t produce but is essential for optimal health. Borage is one of the best sources of GLA and is available in either an oil form or in a softgel capsule. Not only can you take it orally, but you can also use it topically on your skin.
As I have aged it’s been really important to me to pay special attention to my skin, in hopes of delaying the aging skin effects for as long as possible! I believe the best way to combat is from the inside! Lorna Vanderhaeghe, a women’s health expert, has written many books, but an excellent resource is her book “Beautiful Skin Begins Within” (which I can offer you for free when you purchase any of Lorna’s skincare products). Lorna talks specifically of GLA in the book noting that GLA is what will help maintain healthy, glowing skin and prevent aging and wrinkles! I can totally attest to the glow it gives my skin! I also noticed a huge improvement with moisture retention. If you don’t think you can take it by the spoonful, we also have it available in capsule. I personally just add it into my morning smoothie.
Not only does GLA benefit our aging skin, but it is offers amazing results for those suffering with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and even acne. Also great for breast health and will help with period pain. Stop by Generation Green and we can talk more about healthy, glowing skin! Purchase Lorna Vanderhaege’s GLA Borage Oil here through this link.
This product is a staple in my fridge and it’s so easy to incorporate into your diet. I love hemp hearts! The fact that they are also a Manitoba product just has me head over heels!
Packed with omega’s, digestible proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, this product not only tastes awesome, but is super mega good for you! I absolutely cannot pass up these little, tender, delicious, nutty tasting seeds when it comes to yogurt, smoothies, baking (hello banana bread, cookies, etc, etc), stir fry, salads…lets be honest, pretty much everything gets a little sprinkle. I’ll also admit I often just eat them straight from the bag…that’s how good they are.
This product is vegan, non GMO project verified, made with 100% wind power (so cool), all natural, and raw! …did I mention Manitoba? As a super fan of our awesome province, I love all things local and these are right up there with my faves. Please do yourself a favor and try them! At Generation Green we have other products from Manitoba Harvest as well, such as the new Hemp Heart Bites (a drool worthy quick and easy snack), and Hemp Protein Powder. Purchase Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts in our online store here through this link.
Mmmmango…. Is my August pick! What could be a better summer snack than some fruit? How about some organic, fair trade, totally natural fruit!
Dried Mango is definitely one of my favourite snack foods here at Generation Green! Brought to us by a fantastic company called Level Ground Trading, a super ethical distributor with only the best food products.
Level Ground Trading is not just offering certified fair-trade products, they participate in direct fair-trade. This is debatably even more beneficial than just having the fair-trade certification. The fair-trade certification itself means that the farm and farmers deal with the fair-trade cooperative which then distributes their product. This is a fabulous program, but the benefit of direct fair-trade is that the farmers deal directly with the company selling their product. Direct fair-trade accounts for even more ethical production, lower costs, and eliminates the need for a large cooperation. Level Ground Trading is very open and honest about their production and company, and produces plenty of literature on the topics.
The other best part is that the ingredient list consists of solely “dried organic mango”. That’s it! No sweeteners, preservatives or sulphites! Just the benefits of eating the most suitable food for your body.
PS. Level Ground Trading also has organic, fair-trade, Dried Pineapple, Tropical Fruit Mix, and Exotic Fruit Mix.
We are so excited to be hosting the 1st Naturally Mom & Me Showcase at The Forks!
Our local manufacturers & other Canadian manufactures will be showcasing their “Made in Manitoba” products that cater to moms, babies & children.
Come out and meet our wonderful creators, find out information on the benefits of using their products, watch demos and receive discounts & special deals this day only!
We are setting up shop in the Fork’s beautiful atrium, where we will also have scheduled presentations on nursing, nutrition, doula services, attachment parenting, along with baby wearing demonstrations.
Everyone in attendance will be entered to win an amazing basket filled with products that have been donated from our manufacturers and opportunities to get bonus entry tickets!
This is a free event, however we have chosen to support the North End Women’s Centre, by accepting donations for them. They are currently in need of baby receiving blankets (new or gently used), or a voluntary monetary donation of choice is also gratefully accepted. Information on the North End Women Centre can be found by clicking here.
The David Suzuki Blue Dot Group will also be handing out information about the movement. Believing and supporting the right to a healthy environment – clean water, fresh air, healthy food and a say in decisions that affect us.