Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bar Review

A couple of weeks ago I received a few Hemp Heart Bars from Manitoba Harvest to test out and review.  I have always loved their Hemp Hearts so having them in bar form was super exciting!

Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Heart Bars come in a few yummy flavours.  I received Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate to test out. Now as much as I LOVE chocolate, I have to say my favorite was the Apple Cinnamon.  The bars are the perfect combination of dense and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness!   Each 45 gram bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas making it a great pre/post workout snack or quick bite on the the go.

I found the bars to be tasty and satisfying without being overly sweet.  And I love the fact they are made from real, natural, plant based ingredients!  Want to try them out for yourself?  Use this discount code:hhbarlaunch1015 For 15% off your purchase.  (code expires 3/31/16)

Oh yeah... Manitoba Harvest is also hosting a sweet photo contest too!  Post a pic of your favorite Manitoba Harvest product and tag @manitobaharvest and use the hashtag #fuelledbyhemp to get entered to win your favorite hemp product.  The contest is open to Canada & US residents and you can find the full contest details here.

Have you tried the new Hemp Hearts Bars? Are you in the Apple Cinnamon camp or Chocolate club?

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of  Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars as part of my affiliation with Sweat Pink.  I was not compensated for this post and as always the opinions expressed are my own. 

Overnight Apple Pie Hemp Oats Recipe & Giveaway

Treat yourself to dessert for breakfast! Well, not really, but you will sure feel like you're being naughty when your start your day with these protein-packed Overnight Apple Pie Hemp Oats.  This recipe is incredibly simple and full of wholesome ingredients that will keep your motor running.  And with all the protein they are perfect  for pre or post workout!

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Overnight Apple Pie Hemp Oats

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Oatmeal

3 tbsp

Manitoba Harvest

Hemp Hearts

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

3-4 tbsp Unsweetened Apple Sauce

1 tsp Maple Syrup

1 - 1.5 cups Dairy-free Milk

1 tbsp chopped Pecans or Walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

OK, so possibly the easiest thing ever.  Place all ingredients (except nuts) into a mason jar (or tight sealing container), secure the lid and shake! Or stir if you prefer.  Just ensure all your ingredients are well combined.  Then place in your refrigerator overnight.  And voila...breakfast! Top with nuts if you desire and you can even sprinkle a little nutmeg or pie spice for a little more kick.

These Apple Pie Overnight Hemp Oats will keep you feeling full all morning long.  The hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest add a great nutty taste and a little extra crunch, and not to mention an additional 10g of protein on top of your protein powder! These nutty little seeds are tiny, delicious super foods packed with protein, Omega 3s, and taste delicious sprinkled on just about everything, from salads to smoothies to oatmeal. Plus, who doesn't love apple pie for breakfast?!

Want to try some hemp hearts for yourself? Check out my great giveaway courtesy of Manitoba Harvest and you could win your very own  2 oz bag! The giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only and sorry, no PO Boxes.  So enter today, giveaway ends March 9!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts as part of my affiliation with Sweat Pink.  I was not compensated for this post and as always the opinions expressed are my own. 

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Why You Should Run Unplugged

It's Sunday morning and you're completely unprepared for your run; searching the house for your shoes, headband, gloves and don't forget your iPod.  And then disaster strikes...

You find your favorite musical companion in your drawer - DEAD. There's no time to wait for it to charge, you've gotta get out of the house before the kids cause a mutiny or before you lose your nerve and stay home.  I think my exact words might have been "Fuck it." when I realized my iPod was dead and I was going to have to go out for my run in silence.  But I stormed out in a huff and hit the road anyway.  After my 8k run I cam to the conclusion that I should run unplugged on a regular basis.

Why, you ask?

Well, there's a few things I learned while out in quiet yesterday:

  • Running without music allows you toe notice and appreciate your surroundings more; the smell of leaves, the sound of the birds and the farmer's fields glowing in the sunlight.
  • A quiet run brings focus to your breathing and pace that might otherwise be drowned out by your favorite dance music. 
  • No music forces YOU to be the driving force of your run. There's no catchy tune to keep you boppin' down the road; just you, your body and your mind. After all, running is a mind game, right?

Yes, there were a few times that I was cursing my dead iPod and wanted to turn around and go home.  But I sucked it up and kept going.  My pace was slower than usual, but in hindsight that's probably exactly what I needed given I had slacked off for a week and was getting over a cold.

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Look Ma - no ear buds!

The highlight of my unplugged run was near the end of my route.  I was running down a country road admiring the changing leaves and rolling hills when I heard a crack in the woods beside me.  I paused for a moment expecting to see a rabbit or squirrel jump out in front of me.  I couldn't believe what happened next.  There, just a few feet in front of me, emerged a gorgeous Buck - antlers and everything , from the forest.  I held my breath, trying to take a mental picture of this beautiful animal.  And just like that, he was gone. I'm guessing he caught wind of my smelly running clothes and ran right back into the woods.  That experience alone was worth ditching my iPod.  Had I been listening to music I would have missed that twig snapping and I would have run right past him, never even knowing he was there.

Have you tried running unplugged? Love it or hate it? I think I'm going to incorporate it more into my routine. Not all the time of course....that would just be ridiculous!  But at least a few times a month and hopefully I'll get a few more amazing memories.