Product Review and Giveaway: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Hello everyone!   It’s been a long while since my last post, but I’m back at it again!  I’m finally recovered after 3 weeks of being sick and actually have the energy to get back to blogging and chatting about some of my newest finds and happenings.

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts and I couldn’t have been more impressed.  I honestly didn’t even know what hemp hearts were until I received my bag, but I figured it was worth a shot since I had so thoroughly enjoyed their Hemp Pro 70.

What are hemp hearts?  To put it simply, they are raw shelled hemp seeds and nutritional powerhouses.

via ManitobaHarvest.com

  • Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
  • Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
  • Nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
  • Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax

 

Now that you know what they are and what they offer let’s get talking about taste!  I love these things!  They might look like bird food, but they pack a lot of taste and of the many seeds and mix-ins I’ve tried this might top the list.  The flavor is nutty and reminded me of crushed walnuts.  It was perfect for topping on my oatmeal, yogurt, and on peanut/cashew buttered Ezekiel bread.

Even my three year old really enjoyed them!  After his first bite I asked him if he liked them. His reply, “No.  I REALLY, REALLY like them!  They are yummy.”

In short, these little nuggets of goodness are the perfect snack food.  I’m actually eager to order up a larger bag for when I run out (they are that tasty).

My favorite way to eat them was on top of my Greek yogurt!



 Let’s get to those giveaway details!  ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL WIN A FREE BAG OF HEMP HEARTS!!  To enter you must follow the rafflecopter link and complete the following tasks:

  • follow @ManitobaHarvest on IG and Twitter
  • tweet about the giveaway
  • follow @sarah_griff_fit @manitobaharvest on IG
  • follow @SarahGriffFit on Twitter

To Enter Visit:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b5cbf0ec3/?

Giveaway deadline is 3/17/15!  Be sure to get entered today!

 

 

Product Review: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

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“HempPro 70 – It’s water soluble and has a smooth texture! It’s also our higher protein option (the Original flavour has 20 grams of protein per 30 gram serving). We love this protein in a post run smoothie or yoga shake (yes, you can literally shake it with your favourite beverage and you’re good to go). Comes in three delicious flavours; Chocolate, Vanilla and Original.”

When offered to review this product I was eager to try it out because I’m always look for vegan protein options. I was a little bit nervous though because when one hears the word vegan one assumes that taste will be lacking.  Though these powders had a mild taste they weren’t on the bad side, in fact it was refreshing to try something that wasn’t overly flavored.

I first tried out the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 in chocolate as a run recovery drink and was pleasantly surprised by the malty chocolate taste.  It reminded me of a less sweet version of Ovaltine.  AND I LOVE OVALTINE!  My blender was dirty so I didn’t bother with testing out a smoothie, rather I just shook it up with some plain unsweetened almond milk and gulped it down.

It mixed really well and was smoother than most shakes I’ve tried.  It didn’t do that weird hydrophobic powder clumping thing that many protein shakes do.  It was also easy on the stomach!  I didn’t feel like it was difficult to process and it didn’t sit heavy.

A couple of days later I gave the vanilla a try.  I liked the vanilla too, but in my opinion it was little too bland.  That’s not a bad thing though.  If you’re a smoothie junkie, the last thing you want to do is add something that has too powerful a taste.  I think the light flavor would be greatly suited for a daily smoothie because it provides more versatility than other shakes I’ve tried.

For those of you that would like to give it a try visit http://manitobaharvest.com/ and for 20% off the #pro70 vanilla and chocolate flavors use the code: sweatpinkpro70