This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
As a blogger, it’s fun to have the opportunity to get to know brands on a deeper level. You see items in the grocery store and perhaps you even try them, but rarely do we take the time to get to know the story behind the company, Hilary’s Eat Well, is one company worth knowing.
Hilary’s story is one that is all too familiar to most Americans. By the time Hilary was 32 years old, she was suffering from headaches, chronic ear infections, and muscle pain and what she calls a “slurry” of possible diagnoses: pre-diabetes, possible MS, arthritis, chronic yeast problems, ADD, depression, etc.
Sometimes we have to go through a health scare to want to change.
After a visit with a naturopathic physician, Hilary quit eating gluten and dairy. She felt almost instantly better. She learned what many have not yet learned, that changing what we eat can completely change our lives. With her newfound understanding of how food affects our health, Hilary took her passion for healthy living to create some amazing food products.
Now let’s talk about that food!
Hilary’s was kind enough to send me samples of its Hemp & Greens and Root Veggie burgers. Hilary also makes several other veggie burgers including its original veggie burger, adzuki bean burger, and black rice burger.
I couldn’t decide which burger to try first – so I made one Hemp & Greens burger and one Root Veggie burger and ate half of each. (Both are gluten free, BTW.)
The Root Veggie burger is pink because it’s filled with wonderful root vegetables like turnips, sweet potatoes and beets. I could see chucks of each of these vegetables within the burger – I knew I was eating the real stuff.
The Hemp & Greens burger looks more like a real burger in color and includes leafy greens and hemp seeds. Ironically enough, in my coursework at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, this week’s focus is on raw food diets and juicing. I’ve learned that hemp is a superfood made of 39% pure digestible protein and is rich in iron, amino acids, Vitamin E and omega 3s. My friend, Amy, is trying to add more protein into her daughter’s diet. Because her daughter goes to Jewish Day School, she has to bring a dairy lunch every day (this is a Kosher expression that means she can’t bring meat to the school). Since her daughter went gluten and dairy free, finding protein-rich lunch options has proved to be difficult. After trying the Hemp & Greens burger, I called Amy and insisted she go buy these for her daughter’s lunch – it’ll give her that protein punch she needs to get through the day. (Hemp & Greens has 6 grams of protein, the same amount of protein in an egg!)
Since both veggie burgers include about 30 grams of carbohydrates in each, I decided that rather than pair them with more carbohydrates, like rice or a gluten free bun, I would cut each burger into chunks and top it over a veggie stir fry (I sauteed some eggplant and kale with a little olive oil, salt and pepper – yum!).
I was so full and completely satisfied after eating half of each burger and a ton of veggies. The burgers had an amazing texture and taste. A crunchy outside and moist inside, and you really didn’t taste the veggies at all. I found the Root Veggie burger to even be a little sweet – perfect for kids! I find it hard to describe the exact taste of the Hemp & Greens burger, but the word that comes to mind is just, “Delicious!”
Consider getting these veggie burgers (and now veggie bites) at your local natural grocer. (I found them in the freezer section at Natural Grocers and Sprouts in the Denver metro area.) They make a great gluten free, protein-rich and veggie-packed lunch, so good for you Hilary’s Eat Well!
Note: Hilary’s products are gluten free, corn free, yeast free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and nut free.
Disclosure: I received free samples and compensation for this post. All opinions are my own