My New Favorite Snack: Toasted Hemp Seeds

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Just like lunch or dinner ruts, snack ruts can be a pretty real thing around here. Cheese and crackers are a go-to around 4pm and if I'm really feeling like something special, I'll make homemade popcorn (do you remember this super easy way to make it?). Apples and cheddar are a good, healthy choice and sometimes a handful of granola or a spoonful of peanut butter is all there is time for.

But for now at least, snack ruts are a thing of the past as I've become mildly obsessed with this new discovery: toasted hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds aren't necessarily new to me. I've been buying raw hemp seeds in the refrigerated case at our local co-op and sprinkling them on top of my yogurt. If you're not familiar with them, hemp seeds come from the same plant that hemp cloth is made from; the seeds are edible and are enjoyed raw or roasted and boast some impressive nutritional benefits (they contain all of the essential amino acids, so they're a great choice for vegetarians and other folks seeking out more protein in their diets).

While I'd long enjoyed the raw seeds for breakfast, I'd never tried them toasted and salted until quite recently. And I'm sold! They satisfy that 'need a little something salty' without the fat of a potato or tortilla chip and pack a nutritional punch: Five tablespoons have 15 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

The best part though? They have this addictive crunchiness and wonderful earthy flavor that makes them like no other snack. I've been eating them straight by the handful or using them as a topping for salads or soups —we even used them as part of a breading for grilled chicken the other night.

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(Image credits: Megan Gordon)

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