Oh what a fun day today was. It was one of those days that things start going wrong early in the morning and carry out throughout the day. It started out this morning when I was walking towards the building that I work at and my card that I use to scan in to open doors broke, so it would not scan again. Not a big deal, luckily there were a couple people behind me whom I knew so they let me in. Next I go get some coffee, and we have these huge coffee machines where you can get all sort of gourmet coffees. My usual every morning is a cappuccino, so I put my cup there and press all the right buttons then look away and start talking to my friend. Well the machine had it in for me because it started spitting milk right at me. Lots of milk, like it was throwing up milk. This coffee machine doesn’t like me, this isn’t the first time, but never did it spit at me so much milk before.
So you see that was a sign for things to come on this day. Luckily it’s over now. I can breathe. Maybe my day would have started out better if I started my day with this wonderful and healthy smoothie!
And this smoothie is special.
Have you ever had hemp hearts before? Well I just found out about them a couple months ago when I was shopping at Costco and ran across this bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. I bought a bag just because of what I read on the back of the bag regarding weight loss. Hemp hearts which are just shelled hemp seeds are the most concentrated and best balanced source of proteins, essential fats and vitamins in nature.
There is a long list of benefits for hemp heart some of which include weight loss by suppressing hunger, you’ll have more energy, reduced cravings, improved digestion plus a ton more. To me this sounds like a super food, honestly. Why wouldn’t you try this? The recommend amount is about 3 to 5 tbsp a day. They are pretty high in calories but I wouldn’t worry about that, considering all the health benefits.
So I’ve been sprinkling these hemp hearts on my yogurt every morning, but I really wanted a different way to use them, so I thought they’d be perfect in a smoothie. Not only does this smoothie have hemp hearts which are full of benefits, but it also has spinach, double the health benefits!
Hope you try it, and hope you give the hemp hearts a try, I really love them.
- 1 mango, peeled and diced
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, stems removed
- 1 cup fresh spinach, packed
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth.