The neat thing about healthy living is that it can be achieved in ways we never expect. Have you ever considered incorporating hemp and mushrooms into your everyday wellness routine? Although these may not be the first things that come to mind when thinking of a healthy lifestyle, these plants and fungi are actually very good for you! They’re easy to find, too. Heinen’s Wellness Department is stocked with hemp seeds and mushroom-based coffees and elixirs that our Wellness Associates are happy to share with you.
Just how healthy are these earthy options? We chatted with our Wellness Director, Heather Lentz and learned that incorporating hemp and mushrooms into your daily routine through food, drink and supplements offers a wide range of health benefits from added protein to immune support. The effects all depend on whether you opt for the plant or the fungi.
Let’s start on the plant side of things. Hemp is a plant that is grown all over the world, including the United States. At Heinen’s, you can find it in the form of Navitas Hemp Seeds in our Wellness Department. Similar in texture and appearance to flax and chia, hemp seeds have healthy fatty acids, otherwise known as “good fat”. Hemp is also a complete protein, which means that it has all of the essential amino acids our body needs to function. This makes hemp a great source of protein, especially for our vegan and vegetarian friends, as not all plant proteins have so much protein power!
The great thing about hemp seeds is that they’re easy to incorporate into everyday meals and snacks. You can blend them into a morning smoothie, stir them into yogurt, or use them as a topping for salads and apple crisp. The versatility of hemp seeds makes eating healthy easy and delicious.
If you’re looking to add even more healthy goodness to your daily routine, give our favorite fungi a try. Mushrooms, just like hemp seeds, are very versatile because they can be used as meal and supplement solutions. Before we add them to our everyday routine, it’s important to know how they will help us.
Nutritionally, mushrooms are a great source of protein and fiber, as well as Vitamin D. In fact, mushrooms absorb Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, much like human skin absorbs the sunshine vitamin. That’s not all they do. Mushrooms also act as a pre-biotic, which means they feed the good bacteria in your stomach.
Not all mushrooms are the same though. There are many different varieties, and each has its own unique benefits. For those looking to boost energy and stamina, Cordyceps are key. The Reishi variety helps with immune support and reducing fatigue. For antioxidant power, Chaga mushrooms are a must, and for extra brain power, Lion’s Mane provides mental and cognitive support. These varieties are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine, too. Heather recommends Ancient Apothecary capsules and Four Sigmatic mushroom-based elixirs and coffee.
If capsules and coffee aren’t for you, you can get all the benefits of mushrooms by incorporating them into meal time. Using large portabellas as the “meat” of a burger or sautéing smaller shiitakes with garlic for a delicious side are a few of Heather’s mushroom must-have recipes.
Whether you’re a vegan or vegetarian seeking more plant-based options, looking for simple healthy lifestyle changes, or trying to add a little variety to your daily wellness routine, hemp and mushrooms are a great place to start. Our Wellness Consultants are happy to help you find the option that works best for your lifestyle. Giving them a try will surely do your mind and body good.