You might think that I’ve been smoking “funny” cigarettes when I tell you about a new trend in nutrition — eating hemp seeds. Yup, these seeds come from the same plant as marijuana… and while they don’t get you high (they are nonintoxicating), adding them to your diet can give you an extra nutrient boost.

Mitzi Dulan, RD, coauthor of The All-Pro Diet, told me that hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (for heart health)… vitamin E (an anti-inflammatory)… protein (to build healthy tissues)… fiber (for good digestion)… and phosphorus and magnesium (to strengthen bones).

Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor. They typically are sold with the hard shell already removed… can be purchased in health-food stores and online… and can be eaten raw or lightly toasted, whole or crushed. Easy: Sprinkle hemp seeds over yogurt or cereal… fold them into whole-grain muffin batter… or toss them into a salad or stir-fry.