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.

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  • 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 & Workout Review: ActivMotion Bar

**This is a paid review, but my experiences and opinions are my own.  As a blogger and fitness enthusiast I do my best to provide true and honest accounts of fitness products and routines.  

 

A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to review the new ActivMotion Bar.  Have you heard of it?

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What is an ActivMotion Bar?  Acting on the premise of stability training the bar is filled with rolling weights that move as you work to stabilize them all while engaging your core.  This action of engaging and disrupting movements is called Disruptive Training.

“Disruptive Training progresses people through three phases of training, with the end results being increased core strength, improved mind-muscle activation and awareness, and smart muscles that will protect and perform.”

The closest thing I’ve tried to this were fluid filled pvc pipes at a crossfit booth last summer.  I remember being thrown off-balance when I used the bar for the routine, the shift of weight made the overhead squats that much more of a challenge.  So when I learned about what this bar did it seemed like it would be a great way to boost my workouts.

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Upon initial receipt of the bar I was a little disappointed in the weight.  I like to consider myself a strong woman and figured that this 6 lb bar wouldn’t have much to offer in the form of challenging my body.  Let me tell you this, I was wrong.

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I had just started up with Body Beast and many of the exercises called for a standard weight bar (which I didn’t have).  After seeing Tony Horton use the bar in some of his routines I figured it would be just as easy to adapt it to my own program.

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It’s come in use the most during leg day and I’ve found it to be great for focusing on proper form during those hefty leg exercises.  I have weak knees so there is no need (or desire) for me to go heavy on the weights when lunging and squatting so the bar worked well to challenge my form.

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After using the bar to focus on form during my Body Beast workouts I decided to change things up and give it a go and test out some of the moves in the Movement Library.

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This bar is perfect for core work!  It’s something that I often neglect (unless it’s built into my routine) and I was glad to see moves geared towards building my core strength.

 

Moves that might otherwise seem simple were amplified when I added in the bar.  Hip bridges and heel touches never felt more challenging.  I stood corrected and was thoroughly impressed with the workout.

I’ve yet to get through every workout DVD that came with the bar, but liked what I have seen so far.  At home workouts are obviously not new to me so I have a lot to offer in comparison.

My only gripe with the workout DVDs that I’ve tried so far is that they are obviously low-budget production quality.  The first DVD I used had issues of blacking out a couple of times through the workout and there weren’t any bells and whistles.  This is not a deal breaker.  If you’re determined to get a good workout in, then these minor issues won’t bother you much.

I blame my bias for these DVDs on my overuse of Beachbody programs and the like.  I’ll admit, I always compare other workout DVDs to my BB collection and it’s a hard habit to break. I’ve been using their programs for so long and have become conditioned to the format.

I do however see the value of a great product and look forward to using this piece of equipment in the future and adapting it to my current Beachbody routines.
Screen shot 2015-02-03 at 8.57.53 AMFor more information on the bar and how to order your own be sure to visit http://www.activmotionbar.com to view their great selection of products.  The bar is available in various weight increments and there are great combination kits up for grabs.

 

 

 

 

Mad(lib) For Sweat Pink #NoExcuses 2015

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Are you doing the Sweat Pink #NoExcuses challenge?  We’ve been challenged today to share our take on this fun madlib.  What does yours look like?

  • Hey 2015, it’s me SarahGriffFit (nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name)

  • This year I would like to run faster, gain muscle , and be confident.

  • It would also be super duper awesome if I also did_my best to take a vacation_ this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because _I deserve it_.

  • The thing I am looking forward to most this year is racing more.

  • I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is my blaring alarm clock to help me get up, get moving (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

  • Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is my hectic schedule and I have used it to get out of doing meal prep and working out on more than a few (number) occasions.

  • I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to wake up at the ass crack of dawn.

  • Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still drag my tired but out of bed

  • I will stop blaming our son [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the oreos when everyone knows it was really me.

  • My kid [job, hair, car, husband, kids] are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my kid [same as before] who’s boss this year and get my run [type of sweaty activity] on

  • I know that lifting weights [type of workout] is better than cake [noun]

  • I will reward myself by buying new clothes or workout gear

  • No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a shirt (article of clothing) from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and glowing (adj) I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking inversions [yoga pose / workout move] in new tie one on leggings [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my core strength [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next  10k [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.

  • Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my running tights [article of clothing] will smell during my run [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

Product Review: Pure LYFT (Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks)

As a busy mom who is so often lacking in the sleep department, I jumped at the opportunity to review this product.  These Pure LYFT Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks are the perfect option for those looking for a boost without the overpowering taste of energy drinks or coffee (don’t get me wrong I love my coffee, but sometimes I just want an ice cold glass of something refreshing).

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Pure LYFT

“LYFT Energy Stir Sticks are a cool, new way to get all natural caffeine and stir energy into any beverage you’re drinking. The energy is derived from all natural green coffee bean extract and has vitamins A and B complex.  With 0 calories and a clean taste, it’s a perfect pre-workout boost, gets you over that 3pm slump, and is great during happy hour or to keep your energy up while you’re painting the town red!  

It’s also the perfect alternative to sugary energy drinks and shots. And if you’re ditching soda, LYFT gets the caffeine (equal to one tall coffee) you miss without the chemicals and calories.  You can easily stash it in your gym bag or even a small purse, making it an easy, lightweight, on-the-go option for energy.

How to: Simply peel down the label completely off the whole stick and remove it. Stir the stick into any beverage for approximately 20 seconds. Toss the stick or keep it in your glass.”

PERSONAL REVIEW (Please Note: This review is based on my personal experiences with this product.  I was not paid compensation for this review, but as the owner of this blog, I was provided with the opportunity to review this product for free.)

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I tried my first stick after a long week of unpacking and dealing with complete and udder exhaustion.  There wasn’t a day that had gone by in that week where I didn’t feel ready for a post-work nap.  Fitting in my evening workouts had started to become a struggle, by the time I was free to workout I was too wiped out to even consider it.

That’s when the light bulb went off in my head!  Wait a minute, don’t you have those caffeine sticks to test out?  Why, yes, yes I did!  So I poured myself a nice glass of ice cold water and stirred away.  No shaking, no absurd mixing, just peel and stir!  It was easier than opening a can of soda.

I definitely had my reservations before that first sip.  I braced myself because I expected a bitter or unpleasant taste.  Relief and satisfaction set in when I didn’t taste a thing.  It was no worse than sipping on the ice water than my body so desperately craved.  Before I knew it the little boost of energy kicked in.

I didn’t feel jittery (a problem I have with energy drinks) and my HR was no faster than normal (yeah, I wore my HR monitor while I reviewed this product). I was energized and ready to chase my 2 year old around our new yard.  I fully enjoyed the stable boost it gave me and was pleased when it didn’t keep me up into the wee hours of the night.

I just recently used my second stick and paired it with lemonade.  Again, it gave me the perfectly balanced boost to get me over the early evening slump.  I highly recommend this product and wish they would have sent me more!  I may even consider dropping some cash on these babies!

Do you want to try them out?  Check out their website and order here!  Also be sure to check out Fit Approach and my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors!  They teamed up with Pure LYFT for this amazing review opportunity.  I love my team of Sweat Pink Ambassadors and am proud to be a part of such a great network of fit ladies!