New Year. New You. New Fuel! {Product Review}

So…you might’ve noticed something different about the calendar by now. Hint: the date no longer reads “2015.” (Of course, I can never get my years straight, so if you cashed a check from me recently, just scribble out that “15” part. Sorry, Mom.)

But enough about my haphazard record keeping skills. 2016 has officially taken up residence for the next 52 weeks, which — for most people — signals that dreaded New Year’s Resolution season.

Based on The Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 66% of resolution makers center their goals around fitness and nutrition. However, 73% will soon fall victim to burnout.

The take-away? Don’t become another statistic.

Whether you’re planning a dietary overhaul or just curbing a junk food fetish, Manitoba Harvest has the ideal snack time solution. Your 2016 self-improvement list never tasted more delectable.

Introducing (drumroll, please)…

manitoba harvest fueled by hemp

image courtesy of Manitoba Harvest

Fuel this year with the natural protein power of hemp, and healthy eating will become a no-brainer!

These conveniently portioned nibbles support your active lifestyle with nutritious fuel anytime of day. From a portable office snack to a workout energy boost to an after-dinner treat, hemp heart bars offer on-the-go versatility to balance out that busy schedule.

Behold, the health benefits of each 45-gram serving…

The Breakdown:

10 grams Plant-Based Protein

10 grams Omega Fatty Acids

> 10 grams Sugar

Vegan & Non-GMO


The Flavor Profile:

chocolate hemp bar flavor

CHOCOLATE

240 Calories Per Bar — I’m generally not a proponent of calorie counting, but in case you wanna know, there’s your answer.

Natural Ingredients — hemp hearts, organic brown rice syrup, organic coconut palm sugar, organic cocoa mass, organic dutch-process cocoa, organic chocolate flavor, pectin, organic sunflower oil, rosemary extract

My Verdict — All the buttery richness I expect from a chocolate cravings crusher. No complaints from this choco-holic!

apple cinnamon hemp bar flavor

APPLE CINNAMON

230 Calories Per Bar — Blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard my calorie counting spiel, so I’ll leave this here for curiosity’s sake.

Natural Ingredients —  hemp hearts, organic coconut palm sugar, dried apple, cinnamon, organic apple flavor, organic brown rice syrup, pectin, organic sunflower oil, organic caramel flavor, rosemary extract

My Verdict — I’m just not ready to kiss fall flavors goodbye, and this delivers all the spicy seasonal warmth  of a classic apple pie. Seconds, please!

vanilla hemp bar flavor

VANILLA

240 Calories Per Bar — Yeah…I’ll get off my soapbox now. It’s packed with nutrients, that’s all you gotta know.

Natural Ingredients — hemp hearts, organic coconut palm sugar, organic brown rice syrup, organic vanilla flavor, sea salt, pectin, organic sunflower oil, rosemary extract

My Verdict — Distinctly floral and aromatic with a hint of earthiness. The consummate sweet tooth satisfier, in my taste bud’s opinion!


 

Wanna try this deliciousness for free? Then, enter the “Fueled By Hemp” social media photo contest! Tag #sweatpink #hempheartbar #fueledbyhemp @manitobaharvest @fitapproach for a chance to win your favorite flavor. The posts don’t need to include Manitoba Harvest products, but of course, it’s fabulous if they do!

Check out the full contest details here. Open to U.S. and Canada residents. Or, if you need instant hemp gratification (which…understandable!), order online using the discount code hhbarlaunch1016 for 15% off your purchase (Expires 3/31/2016).

manitoba harvest hemp heart bars

image courtesy of Manitoba Harvest

 

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: Lots of Love to Go Around {Product Review}

I’ve recently had the privilege of participating in my very first product review through the Sweat Pink Ambassador community. So, here’s a quick shout-out to the fabulous SPA founder Alyse for this opportunity. Much appreciated!

Now, onto the real business. Today, I’ll be reviewing hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest, a sustainable manufacturer of hemp-only foods, based in Winnipeg, Canada.

Confession Time: Until about 20 minutes ago, I’d never tried hemp hearts before. Scratch that, I’d never tried hemp anything before. I thought hemp was just rope material that middle-schoolers use to make friendship bracelets. So, let’s just say…prior to receiving my free sample in the mail this morning, I was a hemp virgin.

But, nevertheless, they arrived to put the breaks on my virginity, and I eagerly tore into the packaging.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

First Impressions: Okay, they’re all natural: check. Each serving has 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegs-3s: check, check.

Moving right along, then…

*opens bag*

Well, they’re not exactly what I’d expected. To be honest, I’m not even sure what I was expecting, — maybe granola pieces in the shape of a heart? I don’t know! — but these disc-like things resemble lentils more than seeds. Hmm…intriguing!

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Seeds

The Taste Test: Nutty. Buttery. Tender. Just a slight crunch. Yep, I can get on-board with these little guys!

So far, hemp hearts get an A+ rating.

And that concludes our preliminary round. Time for the finals.

This company website features several tantalizing recipes, so component number 2 of this product review is to experiment with hemp hearts in one of these recipes.

I’m a sucker for superfood smoothies, so I chose to blend up my own twist on Manitoba Harvest’s Cinna-Butter Bliss Smoothie. The original recipe has been copied below for your convenience:

  • Ingredients:
  1. 2 tbsp. Almond Butter
  2. 1 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
  3. 1 Banana*
  4. 1 Date*
  5. 1/2 tbsp. Cinnamon
  6. 1 cup Hemp Bliss Organic Beverage*
  • Preparation: 
  1. Combine all these ingredients together in a blender.
  2. Pulse until the mixture is thoroughly smooth (yields 1 serving).

* Notes: I don’t particularly care for bananas, so I substituted roughly 1/3 cup frozen mangoes. I didn’t have any dates on-hand, so I omitted that ingredient altogether (although I’m sure dates would add tons of flavor). Instead of Hemp Bliss, – because, if I barely knew what hemp hearts were, why would I just happen to have drinkable hemp lying around?! – I substituted coconut milk.*

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Smoothie Ingredients

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts SmoothieDespite these variations, the smoothie still tasted absolutely incredible. In fact, I can see it becoming my standard post-workout recovery fuel.

And now, for the overarching question: Do I recommend purchasing Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts?

110% YES!

This product has earned my seal of approval and exceeded whatever preconceived notions I had about hemp (which, by the way, is so much more than just a pre-teen fashion statement!).

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Seal of Approval

So, sprinkle the deliciousness on top of salads, oatmeal or yogurt. Toss them into a protein shake or smoothie, like I did. Cook or bake with them in your favorite dishes (or try a brand new recipe, like those displayed on the website). You can even enjoy a handful straight from the bag, as a nutritious and satisfying snack.

Sold, yet? Well, maybe this will persuade you:

During the months of October and November, you can score 20% off all products at ManitobaHarvest.com.

Use the promo code HHSweatPink14 before check-out (and send a cyber thank-you to the awesome folks over at Sweat Pink and Manitoba Harvest for making this special offer possible!).

* Reminder: This promotional discount will expire November 30, 2014. *

You (Yes…YOU!) Could Score a Health & Fitness Goodie Bag Unlike Any Other…

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 Hey, readers/health gurus/anyone who knows a deal when they see one! I’ve teamed up with a group of fitness bloggers to bring you all a chance to score a mega-giveaway box during this upcoming week. The featured products are valued at $200, but they could be yours absolutely FREE! (Special shout-out to Lisa over at The Skinny on Health for organizing this fantastic opportunity).

This box is full of our favorite products out there – like custom fitness DVDs, vitamins, workout supplements,  jewelry and hair accessories, exercise equipment and more, from companies like Grace Lace and Iron, PiYo Hardcore, Designer Whey, Vega Sport, Dr. Josh Axe, Shapeology, My Beauty Tea, Bach, Lorna Jane, Shred, Manitoba Harvest, Smarty Pants, FabFitFun and BuluBox. I told you…this box is AMAZING!


And here are the fabulous bloggers making this box possible:

The Skinny on Health:

Lisa has a masters in public health nutrition and is soon-to-be a registered dietitian with a passion for healthy living, delicious food, and enjoying fitness. The Skinny on Health uses science to explain how to live a healthy life to the fullest, with tips and tricks for weight loss, glowing skin, productivity, cooking, and everything in between!

Exploring Domesticity:

Just a Momma trying to learn those domestic skills she never quite got the hang of, and now trying to learn to be a healthy role model for her two little ones.  With kiddos who ask for broccoli and do squats, I think they’re doing better than I am!

Style + Greens:

Style + Greens (formerly Illustrated Nutrition) is a lifestyle blog unlike any other– with a focus on health and design. Kathryn is a future registered dietitian with a love for nutrition and a lifelong creative passion for fashion and interior design. Achieving a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style in the process!

Hungry Healthy Girl:

I love to cook and bake healthy meals and snacks for my family. I started blogging as a way to share my love for healthy cooking and fitness. Come check out my blog for delicious, yet nutritious eats!

Health Be a Hippie (Uh huh…that would be me!):

Health Be a Hippie is a blog dedicated toward empowering women to embrace their true and best selves through natural, nutritious, and active living.

Fitful Focus: 

Fitful Focus began as a way to document my journey to lead a healthier life. The name stems from the three things I believe anyone needs to achieve that challenge: getting FIT, keeping my tummy FULL of whole food goodness, and staying FOCUSed on my goal of leading that healthier, happier life. Over the last two years, I’ve lost 20 pounds, become a marathoner, completed a Tough Mudder, beasted p90x and Insanity, and am starting to get more into strength training and yoga. I love trying new workouts, foods, and products and sharing all my finds with everyone else. I’ve starting creating my own recipes, sharing things that motivate me, and have met so many others that inspire me and hold me accountable as I continue along this amazing journey. I’m no longer dreaming about a better life, I’m living it!

Lauren Lives Healthy:

Lauren Lives Healthy is a healthy living blog where Lauren shares her tips and tricks for staying healthy in the Bay Area. She shares quick and satisfying recipes, training tips for half marathons and triathlons, and motivation to help you reach your health goals.


Click the link to enter (and maybe even WIN!):

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This giveaway is only here for a limited time. Hurry up and enter because we’re wrapping things up by July 29. And trust me…these are some goodies you’ll definitely wanna get in on!